OPPAGA text logo with graphic of FL historic capitol
OPPAGA text logo with graphic of FL historic capitol

Department of Environmental Protection

Water Resource Management

What is the purpose of the program?

The Division of Water Resource Management program is responsible for implementing state laws providing for the protection of the quality of Florida's drinking water, ground water, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and wetlands; reclamation of mined lands; and the preservation of the state's beach and dune systems. The division works closely with the department's Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Division of Water Restoration Assistance, and Florida's five water management districts. Its day-to-day permitting and compliance programs are implemented largely in the department's six regulatory district offices.

What does the program regulate?

The division consists of several programs that perform water facilities regulation, beach permitting and management, and operational support services and functions. The division also serves as Florida's central point of contact for federally delegated water programs, such as National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater, Source and Drinking Water, and Underground Injection Control (UIC).
The division has regulatory oversight of certain functions of water and wastewater facilities throughout the state such as industrial and domestic wastewater, power plants, municipal separate storm water systems (MS4s), and public drinking water systems. The division regulates certain beach construction and beach, inlet, and port management activities. The division also regulates activities related to the exploration, drilling, and production of oil and gas in Florida. It is organized into the following major regulatory programs.

How safe is Florida's drinking water?

In Fiscal Year 2018-19, 94% of public water systems had no significant drinking water quality problems, compared to the legislatively approved performance standard of 94%.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions


Construction in a coastal building zone. The 2020 Legislature enacted Chapter 2020-119Laws of Florida, which requires any public entity that works on construction within the coastal building zone conduct a sea-level impact study, submit the study to DEP, and have the study published on DEP's website before starting construction. DEP must adopt standards for the sea-level impact studies, including how the studies are conducted and information provided therein. The coastal building zone is the area of land from the high-water tide line to 1,500 feet landward from the coastal construction control line. The coastal construction line is the area of beach-dune system prone to significant water level fluctuations and is closer to shore than the coastal building zone area.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Annual Assessment of Florida's Water Resources and Conservation Lands 2020 Edition, Office of Economic and Demographic Research.

Final Integrated Water Quality Assessment for Florida: 2018 Sections 303(d), 305(b), and 314 Report and Listing Update, Department of Environmental Protection, June 2018.

Websites of Interest
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Performance Information

Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Sections 20.255 and 379.2431, and Chs. 161, 369, 373, 376, 378, and 403, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

The water resource management contacts website lists phone numbers for each division.