Water quality standards are required to protect state waters
from water pollution.
Criteria are listed which should be considered before approving
permits for dams or drainage works. These include recreation,
water quality, navigation, fish and wildlife, and other factors
relating to public health safety and welfare.
Similar guidance is provided for the establishment of minimum
flows and levels on Florida waterways. These are to be con-
sidered during construction and operation of projects and the
issuance of permits for water use.
The Policy requires each district to prepare water management
plans which identify problem areas and set courses of remedial
The Water Policy will be reviewed every four years. Revisions
are to be adopted by rule. The department may require districts
to initiate rulemaking if their rules are inconsistent with
A public workshop has been scheduled for February 19 at the
Department of Environmental Regulation in Tallahassee. The
adoption hearing is scheduled for March 27 in Tallahassee.
TWIN TOWERS OFFICE BUILDING JACOB D. VARN
2600 BLAIR STONE ROAD ,- SECRETARY
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32301
VICTORIA J. TSCHINKEL
S,, '\, j / /ASSISTANT SECRETARY
STATE OF FLORIDA
S^ DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION
Water Policy -- Highlights
The Draft Water Policy provides general guidance for the
Department of Environmental Regulation and the five water
management districts for all decisions related to water
resources in the state. It covers both water quality and
The Water Policy is to be used by the DER when it reviews
district rules and plans.
Key points include:
--Adequate and affordable water for all reasonable-
--Non-consumptive uses -- including fish and wildlife --
should be reserved.
--Water conservation should be included in all permits.
--Aquifer recharge areas and wetlands should receive
--Structural and non-structural project designs should
Major sections include provisions for Water Use, Water Trans-
port, Water Quality, Surface Water Management, Minimum Flows
and Levels, District Water Management Plans, and Implementation.
Reasonable-beneficial use is the key criteria in all water use
decisions. The policy lists a number of factors to be used in
making a determination on reasonable-beneficial use.
The major point relating to water transport is that local
supplies should be used to the fullest before consideration
is given to transport of water. Water transported across
district boundaries requires approval of both districts.