Title: Rules of the Department of Environmental Regulation
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Title: Rules of the Department of Environmental Regulation
Alternate Title: Rules of the Department of Environmental Regulation, Chapter 17-40 Water Policy
Physical Description: 10p
Language: English
Publication Date: March 6, 1981
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 2, Folder 3B ( STATE WATER POLICY ), Item 100
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of water shortages, saltwater intrusion, flooding,

drainage, or other water resource problems, prevent or

threaten to prevent the achievement of reasonable-

beneficial uses, the protection of fish and ,:\.c (

wildlife, or the attainment of other water policy -.


(7) The Department and Districts shall assist other

governmental entities in the development of plans,
p 'At" ^A 1 1, e.,
ordinances, or other programs to assure consistency with

this Chapter and District water management plans. 31. o2.,

(8) Duplication of water quality and quantity permitting

functions should be eliminated where appropriate through L..

delegation of Department responsibilities to Districts.

(9) The Department and Districts should assist state '.I ,,' ...-l

Uni erseitiee in the development of educational curricula

and research programs which meet Florida's present and

future water management need s.

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i),; ;!, d T WATER POLICY

17-40.01 Declaration and Intent

(-1) .-.he t rtment --adropfts -by r referencee the policy directives

of th Florida Consti-uti on Chapter 253, Chapter--373,

adl Cnaptar 403, Florida Statites, -as a sound b.sis for

S,tJ :kw-nagemerrt of Florida'.s.. water. resources.

(2) The Dep rt.en t has developed the water- policy d irective

as set forth in this -Chapter to-further insre the

conservation, protection, ard mnagement- of the wa tears in

.th S ta te.

S,(3) -.The water policy iirecatives vse.t--forth'in this Chapter are

intend.ed- to- prcvide-gtuidance tn-th-mpartment- ard- water-

M agement -Gis teicts-in sthe -rilotfmenI t- ..and-. implementation r, -

i o of- -nmo re- detail6.d r -rg alr-s peoifi- polcies-rules, and-

(4)-This .ule does tnst-r^ipal^- a^r-sa ter-ary

rxle ~w -< i sting o~ atear P -adopted-b -Ao -the iter 2bnent- or

c;:.*) (.5' It is the intent of the apartmentt, in cooperation with

the Water Management Districts, to se-k adcqjate sources

of funding to supplement District ad valorem taxes to

impl ement the provisions of this Chapter.

{(S) --. Th -water- policy sed-forth iZr'.-thi "hapt sh--_- be .the-

Sta 1a Water Use Plan ar s-a. oper.--o-the-Plori -Wate-P.an

17-40.02 Def ini tions

WSren appearing in this Chapter, the following words shall


(1) "Department" means the Department of Environirental



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17-40.03 General Policy

In addJition to more specific provisions containedN herein,

t the following shall provide a basis for Department review
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m l(1).1 An adequate and affordable supply of water should be

"\ / j | sought for all reasonable-beneficial uses. (o

"' .... i 2) .Water necessary to support essential non-withdrawal
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tt -B, I 4 demands, including navigation, recreation, and the 5 '

Protection of fish and wildlife habitat, should be


S-. (3) \Uses of water authorized by a permit should be liLmit7ed to

S i c a -reasonable-beneficial uses and water conservation shoule.. c ,
.: .... 3 ,"C i-a--fnd.iom- -at, :-s,, Tj'e use-. and rNuse, of water

S. T ff the lowest acceptable quality for the purposeinternded

Suld be encouraged.

,.1 ,-t < (4) The natural aquifer recharge and water storage functions

/ of lanri should be protected t to the greatest degree that

S..-. is economically and environmentally feasible. High

S priority should be given to theprtection of wetlands

of and floodplains, tlhroh-rr c 0 ation-or .ac. isifien

(5) vMeasures should be undertaken to mitigate adverse 11v ,o

%alter.ation of water resources where^feasible and in

the public interest.

S (6) local1 water supplies should be developed to the maximum
b extent practicable prior to the transport or use of '

water across District boundaries.

(7)' Point and non-point sources of water pollution should

be controlled to tite maximum degree that is economically L

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(8) Floodplains should be delineated and managed to pi. vent "'"
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(9) Facilities which drain divert, or otherwise alter the

flow of surface waters should be maraed to prevent

increased flooding or drainage which is har:inful to

water resources.

(10) Minimum water flows and levels should be established to

protect water resources and the environmental values

associated with coastal, estuarine, freshwater, and wet-

lands ecology.

-Y (11) Both P 1 and non-structural alternatives should be

given consideration in water resource project

. p!'. decisions.

(12) Interstate agreements and cooperative programs with

Alabama and Georgia should be undertaken to provide for

coordinated management of interstate surface and ground

-\ waters.

\lV -13) DuIlicativ-.and--cwl apping- regulations- hould- be

17-40.04 Water Use

The following shall apply to those areas where the use of

water is regulated pursuant to Part II of Chapter 373, Florida


F (1) No permit shall be granted to authorize the use of water
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(2) In determining whether, a-.petm: -flheid--E--q .I. .' '. ,......

consideration should be given to any evidence presented&

concerning: \ -

(a) The quantity of water requested for the use; '

t(b) The demonstrated need for the use;

(c) The suitability of the use to the source of water;

(d) The social, r-..o.f. e-. anda-environenwtr? value of the


(e) The extent and amount of sei.a-ir-wnoitc -a-nd

ctvirnmtental harm caused;

(f) The practicality of mitigating any harm by adjusting

the quantity or method of use;

(g) Whether the impact of the withdrawal extends to land

not owned or legally controlled by the user;

(h) The purpose, method and efficiency of use;

(i) Water conservation measures taken or available to be


(j) The practicality of reuse, or the use of waters of

more suitable quality;

< " (k) The^projected demand for oompetinq--uees;

(1) The sadfeyield ef the source of water;
S< t "-, (m) The extent of water quality degradation caused;

(n) Whether the proposed use would cause or contribute
4 to flood damage; and

".. (o) Other factors impacting water resources.

S(3) Water shall be reserved from permit use in such locations

-< ^ ^ and quantities, and for such seasons of the yer, as in

"\ t qthe judgment of the Department or District -may be re-

\ < quired for the protection of fish and wildlife or the

Public health or safety.
,. (4- .... Conservaticn of water ehall-bea requirement -c-.each

i -17-40.05 Water Transport
". '- The following shall apply to the transfers of water where such

transfers are regulated pursuant to Part II of Chapter 373,

< "" Florida Statutes-

: I. (1) The transport or use of water across District boundaries
j shall require approval of each involved District. j) .i'j

S ... In deciding whether the transport and use of water across
"- DIistrict boundaries is consistent with the public interest

p/ ursuant to s. 373.223 9^, Florida Statutes, the Districts

should consider the extent to which:

(a) Comprehensive water conservation and reuse programs

are implemented and enforced in the area of need.
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(b) ihe ciajor costs, t benefits, and environmental irmpactsz

ir,- dequately determnied' fo both th-: 1.oc-plying aind

th-e recP living aren^;

(c) The transport is Ln- envirorinrmnta.lly :rd econciAMically

acceptable methxL t: sC.ply -'at.er for the given .-?

)purpo se;

(d) The .r-esent-- amr-'pg ected water redz s of It-e supply ins

.c area are reasonably detearn-inend and can be met if the

"transport takes place
(e) The transport plan. incorporates a regional approach

to water supply and -distribution incliOng., .te-re

appropriate, plans for eventual interco,. i :tion of

water supply sources; and (.)

(f) The transport is otherwise consistent with the

public interest based upon evidence presented-] to to he

District. "*/?. -

17-40.06 Water Quality

(1) W-ter quality standards sh-ll 6be enforc.i-- pursuant to

Chapter 433, Florida Statutes, to protect waters of

"Ihe State from point and nvn-point sources of pollution.

/} f 2(2) Stati. wa-."r quality .standards adopted ^ir^Iart to Chaptrl-

12Ur, rlorida-St-fut.e,] shall Le a parT of the Florida

Water Plan. -n .. ,

17-40.07 Slurface Water Management

The following shall apply to the regulation of .sur ao-! waters

pursudnt to Part IV of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes. .,.

(1) Tie oonstruction-and-. oper;aion-of facilities designede to

manage or store surface waters, or p other facilities

which drain, divert, impound, discharge into, or otherwise

impact waters in the State, or the improvements served

thereby, shall not be harmful to water resources or

injc:onristent with the objectives of the Depar.tment or


(2) In L-mplenenting 17-40.07(1), consideration

should be given to:


(a) The imLact of the facilities en:-

(i) recreation, '1 ^ .

(ii) navigation, 7. f,, .

(iii) water quality, (. )

(iv) fish and wildlife protectdi,-

(v) 'etlinds, flooxdplains, and other 7.. *

environmentally sensitive lLands

(vi) saltwater or pollution intrusion, including

any barrier line es-hbli--hed pursuant to s.


(vii) reasonable -henef.i.cial uses of wa.e" 1 -

(viii) minird,.ml fClo. ai. levels establ i-are p'u.sua;t

to s. 373.042, aKnd

(ix) other- factors relating to the public health,

.afety, .arid '^.Ifare; .: ,!., '. :s

(b) Tlte-ability of the facilities t- ax Cet eetsabi .she!.

Standards ;aij ;i tearia

(c) Whether adequate provisions exist for the continuf.l

operation and maintenance of the facilities;

(d) The ability of the% facilities and related
improvement to avoid increasingly floai Jamage to

off-site property or the public" thugh:

(i) floodplain development, encrc:chbnnt or othJer

alt feration, ^I^-"};

(ii) retard-Lnce, acceleration or die.s-rsion ;,.

flowiix) watar, J.^, fi

(iii) r'inc tic.n f natural watemr s.ora-u i.-as, \ .';*

(iv) facility failure, or -"

(v) other actions ,xiversely impacting (.,ffsite w
flows or lePls. '4.! .-,

17-40.j8 Miimun:r; F!ws ad Levels

(1) wlhen mininurn flows and levels ar- _established pjrsu-ant to

s. 37,.042, consideration shall be given to the

protection of water resources and thre environmental

values associated with coastal, estuarine, a.iquatic, and

wetlands ecology, including:

(a) Recreation in and on the water;

(b) Fish and wildlife habitats and the / '?

passage of fish;

(c) Estuarine resources; T^- (

(d) Transfer of detrital material;311-f` )

(e) Maintenance of freshwater storage and supply;

(f) Aesthetic and scenic attributes; p.e'/'^ I )

(g) Filtration and absorption of nutrients and other


.: (h) Sediment loads; 37- ,',

^ ,3 9: (i) Water quality; A,,'' )

S (j) Navigation :-arn -7.. i
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(2) Minimum flows and levels, once established, s -all be a

S consideration where relevant to:

(a) The construction and operation of Xater .:<-ourrce

'I- projects;
"vi (b) The issuance of permits pursuant to Part II, Part

IV, and s. 373.086 of Chapter -373, Florida Statutes.

17-40.09 District Water Management Plans

(1) A water management plan shall be prepared by each District which

is consistent with the provisions of this Chapter and which f

identifies specific geographical areas where water resource

problems have reached critical levels. ': .C (

(2) A course of remedial action shall be specified for each

critical problem.

(3) Measures may include, but are not limited to, water

resource projects; water resources restoration

projects pursuant to s. 403.0615; purchase of lands-

enforcement of Department or District rules; and '' .''

actions taken by local government pursuant to a


S j .^ "- Local Government Comprehensive Plan, local ordinance,

"< .'" r. or zoning regulation.

S- (4) Areas-e-^gsRI" I the collection of data, water
S. resource investigations, water resource projects, or

"; " <, the implementation of regulatory programs are -....-

S .- necessary to prevent water resource problems from

""^ ') & ..... reaching critical levelsshall .-also be--ide.itifie .p-471 i

1.7-40.10 Impl e tatioh ..

(1) This Chapter shall be reviewed periodically, but in

: no case less frequently than once every four years.
f ,Revisions, if any, shall be adopted by rule.

(2) Within 12 months after adoption or revision of this

: .....Chapter, the Department, in coordination with the

< Districts, shall review existing rules for consistency

with the provisions contained hereil. ..

(3) District rules adopted after this Chapter takes

effect shall be consistent with the provisions contained t-

herein. T "

(4) At the request of the Department, each District shali .1 -- -

initiate rulemaking pursuant to Chapter 120, Florida ...

Statutes, to consider changes the Department determines / [ .i

to be necessary to assure consistency with this Chapter..;.

The Department shall be made a party to the

proceeding 7'" ''f ...

(5) District water policies may be adopted which are .

consistent with this Chapter, but which take into .

account differing regional water resource character- ..

istics arnd needs. '*

(6) A District shall initiate rulemaking to consider

implementation of programs pursuant to s. 373.033,

373.042, 373.106, Part II, Part III, or Part IV of

Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, where the Departfmr t or

District determines that present or projected od-titions

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