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Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building
Lawton Chiles 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard Virginia B. Wetherell
Governor Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000 Secretary
March 10, 1997
I am pleased to transmit the attached Progress Report on the 1995 Florida Water
Plan. This is the first yearly "report card" on implementation of the Plan, and is intended
to provide the reader a better perspective of the diverse activities taking place to improve
water management in Florida.
Adoption of the Florida Water Plan in December, 1995, was a milestone in
Florida's water management history. The DEP and water management districts now have
in place an action-oriented framework for focusing agency actions on priority water
resource issues. The Water Plan is an integral part of the DEP Ecosystem Management
Implementation Strategy, as well as the DEP Agency Strategic Plan. It is linked to and
builds upon District Water Management Plans developed by each water management
district. The Water Plan, in combination with these regional plans, guides us in jointly
implementing DEP and water management district statutory responsibilities.
The accomplishments highlighted in the report are but first steps in our efforts to
better focus agency programs and resources to ensure that Florida's treasured water
resources meet our needs and are sustained for future generations. We also need the help
of all Floridians. Your future participation in the revision process for the Florida Water
Plan (and the District Water Management Plan for your region of the state) is particularly
The state's economic health and quality of life depend on your continued
involvement in protecting and managing our water resources. If you need additional
information about the Florida Water Plan, please write us at the above address, or call the
DEP Office ofWaterPolicy at (904)488-0784. Information about the District Water
Management Plan for your region can be obtained by writing or calling your water
management district as listed in the Progress Report.
Virginia B. Wetherell
"Protect. Conserve and Manage Florida's Environment and Natural Resources"
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This progress report is the first annual "report card" on implementation of the 1995 Florida
Water Plan, adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection on December 8, 1995.
The report includes an assessment of progress on the sixteen priority "issues," forty-seven
"strategies," ana two hundred twenty-eight specific "action steps" set out in the Water Plan. It
provides highlights of DEP and water management district activities pertaining to each Chapter
of the Florida Water Plan, as well as information on progress for each action step included in
the Plan. This report also includes a preliminary set of "performance indicators" that can be
used to assess overall long-term success in sustaining Florida's water resources.
The Florida Water Plan has been in place for only slightly over a year. Much remains to be
done. However, firstyear efforts to implement the Plan have helped in the comprehensive pro-
tection and management of Florida's water resources. During 1996, over 90 percent of the
action steps were placed in the category either of "significant accomplishment "or "in progress
or ongoing". Some of the shortcomings in accomplishments are due to scheduling or funding
constraints. The most significant change in emphasis since adoption of the Florida Water Plan
has been intensified interest in water supply development and funding. This topic is currently
the subject, for example, of a work group set up by the Governor's Executive Order 96-297.
The following chart indicates the overall progress made toward implementing the action steps
set out in the 1995 Florida Water Plan.
Overall Progress on Action Steps of
1995 Florida Water Plan
ile or No
One: General Issues 3
Two: Water Supply 5
Three: Flood Protection and Floodplain Management 9
Four: Water Quality 11
Five: Natural Systems 16
Six: Coordination and Evaluation 22
Details of Activity-Based Progress 24
Under Florida's system of water management, the Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) and the five regional water management districts (WMDs) are the chief stewards of
Florida's water resources. They must routinely address often-competing public interests related
to water supply, flood protection, water quality and protection of natural systems. To do this
effectively, DEP and the WMDs have worked as partners to develop comprehensive District
Water Management Plans (DWMPs) and the Florida Water Plan (FWP). A basic ingredient of
these efforts has been an ongoing commitment to provide all interested parties with opportunities
for participation in the planning process. The FWP and the DWMPs include an ongoing process
for evaluating progress toward plan implementation and eventual updating.
The overall goal of the FWP is to ensure long-term sustaiability of Florida's water resources for
the benefit of the state's economy, natural systems and quality of life. Key guidance statements
contained in Florida law are used as goals for each chapter of the plan. The FWP identifies six-
teen priority "issues," forty-seven specific "strategies," and two hundred twenty-eight specific
"action steps" to be implemented by DEP, the WMDs and others.
This report recognizes that cities, counties, special districts, and private interests throughout
Florida have also been actively involved in water resource-related efforts, either independently or
as part of strategies prescribed in the FWP and DWMPs. The many achievements made through
such efforts are applauded, but their enumeration is beyond the scope of this report. Future
progress reports will increasingly include recognition of specific local efforts. Also, this report
identifies both accomplishments and shortcomings in implementing the FWP, as a basis forfuture
plan revision. Enumeration of specific actions that will be taken by DEP, the WMDs and others
to address the shortcomings must await subsequent steps in the plan revision process, as described
in the FWP.
Relationships of the FWP to Ofer Plans
A major purpose of the FWP is to promote partnership and coordination among the many parties
involved in managing water resources. The FWP is closely linked with and builds upon the
DWMPs, and constitutes the water component of the DEP Ecosystem Management Implemen-
tation Strategy. The FWP is also incorporated into the DEP Agency Strategic Plan, which pro-
vides linkages to the DEP process for budgeting and allocation of agency resources. The current
DEP Strategic Plan emphasizes water resource protection as Strategic Issue I., and contains the
In partnership with the WMDs, other state and federal agencies, and local governments,
DEP will implement the strategies, action steps and schedules prescribed in the Florida
Water Plan. These efforts willocuson achieving dose coordination and mutual support
between DEP and WMD programs related to water supply, water quality, flood protec-
tion, and natural systems protection.
DEP has initiated efforts to integrate the goals and strategies of the FWP into Strategic Regional
Policy Plans of the state's Regional Planning Council, and to encourage consistency between the
FWP and the program activities of DCA, DOT, DACS, and other state and federal agencies.
Through the Local Government Comprehensive Plan review process and other coordination
mechanisms, DEP and the WMDa encourage consistency between the FWP, DWMPs, and local
government planing and growth management efforts. A key mechanism fbr achieving this
involves the Integrated Plan components of DWMP, through which state water policy, technical
information, and regional water resource considerations re applied on a county-by-county basis.
Purpose and Process fm Anmnul Pogress Reports
The Florida Water Pa was O adopted on December 8, 195. The yearly progress reports serve as
"report cards" to inform interested parties about the status of plan implementation, and help
provide agency accountablity. They also help DEP and the WMDs determine needed improve-
ments in water resource management programs, and provide a basis for periodic revisions to the
state and regional plan. As preIcribed in the DEP Water Policy Rule (Chapter 6240, FAC
each WMD conducts 4n evaluation of its DWMP, *whih is then submitted to DEP each year by
November 15 for review and comment. Shortly thereafter, DEP and the WMDs jointly produce
progress report for theFWP.
Performance Effectiveness Measures
Evaluating the effectivenea of the Florida Water Plan involves assessing DEP and WMD success
in implementing the strategies, action steps and schedules prescribed in the, plana twell as overall
success insustainig Florida's water resources. Assessing progress toward i plq iti ig PWP
strategies, action steps and schedules requires a relatively straightforward accounting using
"activity-based" measures. Such is the focus of this first FWP progress report. On the other
hand, assessing vera sumccs in sustaining Ftorid'as water resources win require application of a
variety of"performance-based" measures or indicators, many of which are no yet flly developed
or require long time frames to implement.
To the degree possible, future FWP and DWMP evaluations will include assessments of resource
trends and conditions. The FWP and the DWMPs wil employ a common setof perfonan
based indicators, with additieea indiata to be employed as appropriate for the Florida Water
Plan or individual Di)trict Water Mcb agen Plans,
One: General Issues
Many issues in water management cannot be neatly compartmentalized into any single subject
area. Thus; Chapter One of the FWP summarizes broad issues that are central to Florida's water
management challenge, and describes strategies ind actionsteps whid~ wilf have effects that cut
across all parts of the FWP. During 1996, DEP and the WMDs took a variety of actions to pro-
mote comprehensive water resource management approaches, and as part of the DEPEcosystem
Management Implementation i*
Startegy, promote joint respon- O Pro In pkmenting ,Genera
sibilitybetween government and ..
Issue" Action Steps of 1995 FlorIda fWater
the private sector for sustaining ueAon of Floridatr
Florida's water resources. High- Pan
lights of these broad-reaching
efforts included the following:
Major Accomplishments Mgnmiamt
Establishment of management Assompusenen
teams for Ecosystem Man-
agement Areas around the
SContinued support for Gov-
ernor Chiles' Commission for 84%
a Sustainable South Florida in Pmro,
and their consensus on major or Ongoing
elements of that region's
Establishment of an interagency Land and Water Planning Work Group (DEP, Department of
Community Affairs, the five water management districts, Department of Agriculture, Game
and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Florida Regional Councils Association, Florida League of
Cities, and Florida Association of Counties) to help integrate land and water planning and
management in Florida.
Final approval by the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee (JAPC) of technical (non-
substantive) revisions to the DEP Water Policy Rule Chapter 62-40, F.A.C., effective
January 7, 1997.
Signing of an eight-party Memorandum of Understanding (DEP, DACS, GFWFC, and the
five WMDs) to implement the Private Lands Initiative, which is designed to streamline agri-
cultural permitting and coordinate pubc and private management activities in identified
ecosystems. Initial efbfrts include two pilot projects between public and private land
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between DEP and DCA, creating apartnerhip
between ecosystem management and growth management programs of the two agencies.
DEP launching of an Environmental Citizenship Campaign, designed to help instill a sense of
shared responsibility and an environmental ethic in Florida's population.
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Collaborative efforts between DEP, WMDs, U. S. Geologic Survey, U. S. Army Corps of
Engineers, and others on investigations of major watersheds, including the Apalachicola,
Suwanne, Hillsborough, and Peace River Basins.
As an expansion of the DEP "Greenline Concept," increased DEP collaborative efforts with
local govera~ ets to protect the groundwater and spring systems associated with the
Wakuha, Wakiva Ichhtucknee and Silver Springs State Parks.
DEP eorgm tin of its groundwater and surface water programs to provide better capa-
bility for comprhenive, basin-wide assessments of water quality and ecosystem health, and
initiation of a pilot demonstration project in the St. Marks watershed.
Collaborative efforts between SFWMD, DEP, USACE,USDOI, and others to apply adaptive
management techniques toward restoration of the Kissimmee River/Florida Everglades/
Florida Bay system, and the Indian River Lagoon system.
DEP was named by the Ford Foundation and Kennedy School of Government as one of the
25 national finalists (of over 1,500 applicants) for the Innovations in American Government
Awards, in recognition for its leadership in implementing statewide ecosystem management
approaches. DEP was also a regional finalist in the Council of State Governments Award
Initiatives by WMDs to improve local government outreach programs, including efforts to
improve technical amiatane to local governments, provide more effective review and com-
ment on water related a rp of locl comprehensive plan EARs (Evaluation and Appraisal
Reports), provide coztHare as i.tae for alternative water supply development and other
projects, and advise loca governments on strategies to maximize effective use oflocal water
Rapid expansion at SWFWMD of their "Comprehensive Surface Water Initiative" to cover
all basins in the District.
Although some progress was made toward implementing all action steps applicable to the
General Issues Chapter of the FWP, a notable area ofweakness is that the state still does not
have integrated land and water planning.
It is anticipated that, within DEP and WMD funding limitations, efforts to address the general
issues, strategies and action steps prescribed in Chapter One ofthe FWP will be ongoing, with no
major shifts in strategy for the foreseeable future. In 1997, DEP will place special emphasis on
achieving better integration of the Florida Water Plan with other state-level, regional, and local
planning. Within the DEP Ecosystem Management Initiative, special emphasis ill be placed on:
1) seeking opportunities for continued stewardship on private lands; 2) developing incentives for
participation in the Private Lands initiative; 3) establishing a process for developing annual
progress reports for individual Ecosystem Management Area sand 4) continuing outreach efforts
to local governments.
Two: Water Supply
Water supply has emerged as a critical issue for the 1990s and beyond. Because of the complex-
ity of issues involved in meing Florida's water supply needs, no major statewide legislation was
^ enacted during the 1996 legislative session. During 1996, DEP and the WMDs intensified their
water supply related efforts.
Highlights of 1996 eflbrts Overa Progrssn Inmptetnpk intg "Water
include the following: Supply" Action Stps of 1995 Florda Wator
Major Accomplishments Plan
Final approval of the S ct
amendments to the DEP 38% Accomplh t
Water Policy Rule, provid-
ing better guidance to DEP .
and the WMDs on various 2%
w water supply issues. o
Governor Chiles' issuance
of Executive Order Number
96-297, directing DEP and
the WMDs to develop
comprehensive regional In2 In Progres
water supply planning or ongoing
initiatives for each district.
'Active participation by DEP
and the WMDs in Governor Chiles' Executive Order 96-297 Water Supply Planning Work
Active participation by DEP with other interested parties in the SFWMD advisory commit-
Stees for developing the Lower East Coast and Upper East Coast Regional Water Supply
DEP completion of Phase I revisions to Chapter 62-610, F.A.C., dealing with reuse of
Beginning implementation of 1996 amendments to the National Safe Drinking Water Act,
S thereby improving DEP ability to ensure the quality and safety of public water supplies.
.a Continued efforts by DEP and the WMDs to attain the DEP statewide goal of 40 percent
reuse of reclaimed water by the year 2005.
Increased WMD initiatives to improve technical assistance to local governments regarding
water availability and options for meeting projected public water supply needs. Depending
on local circumstances, these efforts involved a broad range of potential options toward
maximizing the use of local sources, including water conservation, water reuse, alternative
technologies, protection of existing sources from overuse and contamination, and develop-
ment of new sources.
* SWFWMD continued implementation of the results of Northern Tampa Bay studies, in
efforts to reverse overwithdrawals of groundwater in the area, and achieve sustainable
SWFWMD continued eflfrts to put into place the Southern Water Use Caution Area
(SWUCA) Rule to protect ground water resources in the southern half of the district, and to
promote more equitable allocation of limited ground water among competing interests. Ad-
ministrative chalenges to the SWUCA Rule took up much of 1996.
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between SFWMD and SJRWMD on coordi-
nating consumptive use permitting and on Needs and Sources assessments in geographic
areas of mutual concern.
SRWMD implementation of a voluntary agricultural water use reporting system and consid-
eration of alternative means for improving the quality of the information received.
The water management districts devoted varying amounts of available tax dollars to imple-
menting the alternative water supply matching grant program enacted by the 1995 Legis-
SWater Supply Strategy 4.4/Action Step 5, which pertains to placing appropriate rquiements
for reuse in consumptive use permits, has not been implemented fully. Cost alocatio contin-
ues to be a difficult issue to resolve in individual cases.
It is anticipated that DEP and the WMDs will be increasingly involved in water supply issues for
the foreseeable future. Within finding constraints, DEP and the WMDs will catinuc to imple-
ment Executive Order 96-297 and water supply strategies prescribed in the Fldida Water Plan
and the DWMPs. This will include the development of regional water supply pns and continued
emphasis on the establishment of minimum flows and levels.
Performance Measures for Water Supply
Performance meausues for water supply are being developed jointly by DEP and the five water
management districts. Fora vaity of technic reasons, such mamurs are subject to continuing
refinement to ensure that the reflect the effectiveness of water management in Florida. These are
shown on the following figures.
Total Freshwater Withdrawals and Population
8i jH i is
1950 1986 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000
CGroundwateewr Populan 1
In 1995, total fresh water withdrawals amounted to about 6.97 billion gallons a day. About 61% of
withdrawals were from groundwater sources (a significant increase from the 49% groundwater
withdrawals in 1970). It appears that water use has increased, since 1970, less rapidly than population.
Water supply problems, and water use trends, vary across the slate. Source: Marella, Richard L,
VWater Use Data by Category, County, and Water Management Dilstri in Florida. 1950-1990," USGS,
Open-File Report 94-251, p. 13, 1995, and preliminary 1995 data.
Per Capita Public Water Supply Use
200 ,U" 13 18i 173 177 8 171 1 ?
1960 1955 1960 196l 1970 1975 1980 1r 1987 1989 1990 1998 2000
Per cpita public water supply use is calculated by dividing the total public-supplied water withdrawn (in
gallons per day) by the total population served by public supply. Although the data are sensitive to
climatic conditions, per capital use does not seem to be increasing in Florida (and perhaps even has
declined slightly.) Source: Marella, Richard L., Water Use Data by Category, Coumty, and Water
Management District in Florida, 1950-1900, USGS, Open-File Report 94-251, p. 13, 1995, and prelimi-
mary 1995 data.
Percentage f Domestic Watewter Reuse Flow and Capacity
(and Ruse Forecats to 2020)
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&_ ... a .-
19N85 190 1 2000 2005 2010 201
The state has placed high priory on wastewater reuse in rent yas. At present, almost a quarter of
the flow from domestic wastewater treatment plants s put to beneficial use, such as agricultural
irrigation. Source: DEP and WMD Reuse Reports.
Three: Flood Protection and Floodplain Management
During 1996, DEP and the WMDs continued to focus efforts n implementing the flood pro-
tection and floodplain management protsions of the DEP Water Policy Rule (Sections 62-40.450
and 62-40.458, F.AC.), and the specific action steps contained in the 1995FWPa d DWMPs.
Agreement reached between
SWFWMD and Polk County Overall Progress in Implementing "Flood
on respective responsibilities Protection" Action Steps of 1995 Florida
for flood protection and Water Plan
Active participation by DEP
and the WMDs in the DCA
preparedness program to hohent
ensure coordinated responses
to flood emergencies.
Continuing DEP and WMD
technical assistance to regional
planning councils and local
governments regarding identi- In
fiction of flood prone areas, In Progr
and incorporation of such in- o g
formation into regional and
local growth management
SContinuing DEP and WMD efforts through land acquisition programs and the Environmental
Resource Permit process to encourage non-structural solutions to reducing flood risks.
Increased emphasis by SWFWMD, SJRWMD, and SFWMD to ensure, consistent with the
primary purposes of WMD facilities, that works of the districts are constructed, maintained
and operated in a manner which minimizes flood hazards to existing development and adverse
impacts to natural systems.
Continuing initiatives by the WMDsto clarify WMD and local government responsibilities for
flood protection, and to jointly developlolng-term solutions to existing flooding problems.
All five WMDs are coordinating with DEPon development of a "position paper" on the
division of flood protection responsibilities in their regions.
*Progress was made toward implementing all action steps applicable to the Flood Protection
and Floodplain Management Chapter of the FWP. However Strategy 1.2, Action Step 2,
which pertains to delineation offloodplains and floodprone areas, has not been actively
pursued by some WMDs.
In 1997, emphasis will be placed on determining the status offloodpron areas mapping by the
WMDs, FEMA, and other agencies, and, pursuant to Flooding Strategy 1.1, Action Step 3,
applying this information to foster non-structural strategies for achieving flood protection.
Performance Measures Ibr Flood Protection and Floodplain Mnaeplemppt
Additional performance measures for flood protection and floodplain re being
developed jointly by DEP and the five water management districts. For a variety
reasons, such measures arm subject to cont ding refinement to ensure that they
effectiveness of water management in Florida. These are shown on the foilowgi~ gu
Floodprone Area (100-Year) in Public Ownership
2 0 -. 5 .
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NWFWMD 8JRWMD 8FWMD SWFWMD SRWMD
Although not all floodprone areas deserve to be in public ownership, public acquisition can enhance the
environmental qualities of floodplains and dramatically reduce the damages from human occupancy of
hazardous areas. This performance measure is still under development, but wll provide a total-of
publicly-owned land in Florida, categorized by region of the state.
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Four: Water Quality
In recent years, Florida has made significant progress in protecting and enhancing water quality.
However, the state's surface and ground water resources continue to be degraded by point and
nonpoint source of pollution. Because of this continuing threat, the Florida Water Planempha-
sizes the need for continual improvement of pollution control programs. It also stresses the
intricate interrelationships between water quality and water quantity considerations. During 1996,
DEP and WMD water quality efforts emphasized technical improvements and program coordi-
nation. Highlights of 1996
efforts include the following: Overall Progress In Implementlng "Water
Quality" Action Steps of 1995 Florida Water
* Implementation of 1996
amendments to the National 21%, ignfal
Safe Drinking Water Act, Acomphment
providing improved DEP
capability to ensure the
quality and safety of public MJ e or No
* DEP development of
biocriteria tools for assess-
ing the health of Florida
* Continued development and n Progr
refinement of State Water
("305(b) Reports"), includ-
ing incorporation of stream biocriteria.
* Establishment of an ongoing public information service by DEP Ditrict Offices to publish
and distribute easy to understand "coummaries" of overall water quality and ecological
health of individual water bodies.
* DEP/WMD completion ofa ten-year effort to produce statewide "DRASTIC" maps delineat-
ing areas that are generally vulnerable to ground water contamination.
* Congress, through the 1996 Water Resources Development Act, authorized water quality
protection and restoration as a part of the Central and Southern Florida Project, and provided
funding for critical restoration projects.
* ERC approval of reclassification of the Fenholloway River from Class V to Class III, with
such reclassification to become effective in 1997. This was the last Class V river in Florida.
* Receipt of $3.8 million in EPA grants for continued DEP partnerships with WMDs and local
governments to implement the Nonpoint Source Pollutant abatement program pursuant to
Section 319 of the National Clean Water Act.
* Over $113 million in State Revolving Fund loans was provided for local governments'
wastewater treatment facilities.
* Expansion of the well-plugging program at the SWFWMD.
* Through the SWIM Program, the SRWMD allocated $1.2 million to help retrofit Best Man-
agement Practices on dairies in the middle Suwannee River Basin.
Coordination established between WMD efforts to develop stormwater Pollutant Load
Reduction Goals (PLRGs) and DEP efforts on development of Total Maximum Daily Loads
* Water Quality Strategy 1.2/Action Step 1, which seeks to sprS pl ing fiud-
ing source for the statewide SWIM pgram, has not bee fuPd was
received to continue SWIM programs for 1996-97, longer term contp these
programs is still in jeopardy,
* Water Quality Strategy 1.6/Action Step 3, which pertains to WMD AVgW| ia .
ground water recharge areas, has not been implemented due to techi pandfnd
It is anticipated that the ongoing DEP and WMD water quality program activities will continue at
the current level of effort for the fbrmeeable future, with no major shiA is strategy. Topics of
special concern for 1997 include: () continued DEP/WMD mapping efforts to produce more
detailed maps of aquifer vuHsptbty that are useful for site suitability analysis and planning
purposes; (2) clarification of statgies and protocols for DEP/WMD d elopment of Polhltst
Load Reduction Goals (PLRGl) and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLa); (3) deveopoent of
biocriteria for assessing the health of Florida lakes by July 1997, initiate workplan and fup4lng for
wetlands and estuaries, and prioritize application of biocriteria (4) development ofguidance
concentrations for pesticides; and (5) securing stable and adequate funding for the SWIM
Performance Measures for Water Quality
Performance measures for water quality are being developed jointly by DEP and the five water
management districts. For a variety of technical reasons, such l~ss arer ~ c~onti ing
refinement to ensure that they reflect the effectiveness of water artdge6est &-hda. These are
shown on the following figures.
1996 Water Quality Use Support for Florida Waters
, .Not Supporting
Under Florida's water quality protection programs, waters are classified for different uses (such as
drinking water, shellfishing, and fish and wildlife maintenance). This performance measure shows
whether the water quality needed to support the designated use Is being attained. Source: FDEP 1996
State Water Quality Assessment ("305(b) Report").
SWIM Waterbodies with Approved Pollutant Load Reduction Goals
Key to Chart:
River & Bay
Chain of Lakes
Upper Ockla- Biscayne Bay
Johm R iver,
SWFaWMD:` S RWIMD
The "Pollutant Load Reduction Goal" for a waterbody is the estimated numeric reductions in pollutant
loading necessary to preserve or restore the designated use of that waterbody (section 62-40.210,
F.A.C.). Once established, the PLRGs are implemented by a range of management actions, The
PLRGs for Lake Okeechobee, the Florida Everglades (in part), and Lake Apopka, were set by the Florida
Legislature. First priorities are SWIM waterbodies. (Source: Water Management Districts)
Number of Local Governments with Stormweter Utilities
* ~-i-~' "1: "
Stormwater utilities can be nf important contributor to solving flood dm W (
problems. This pedrfnflatie IndWiator shows increased support -b I lg jiM^
utilities to address stormwater management problems at the lol alevl, uiB of
Cumulative Wells Plugged
1985 19816 I NM in loll Is ie a I sM aMs i1s6
Improperly abandoned walls thfWft OUKindwaterl b8 nd OMarllI. T aveWiable dat from the
water management districts ar not pefetdly compatible, but can serve as a general indicator of the
elimination of potential threats.
NWFWMD: Numbers In cad designate all abandoned wells plugged.
SJRWMD: Denotes walls both plugged and repaired.
SFWMD: PiMgram dipeftinued ift 1990.
SWFWMD: DObetes bboth Al iSih and damaged wells lindui Ihntr-qulfer Mtvehent.
SRWMD: Seven (7) well have been idetifitM six (6) of w are arteslan. (Not Ulplayed on
Percentage of Ambient Wells
Maintaining Ground Water Quality
Source: DEP, under development.
Percentage of Public Drinking Water Systems
Reporting No Chemical Exceedances
In Florida, public drinking water systems are required to monitor for primary drinking water standards to
ensure the public is being provided a safe and reliable source of drinking water. The primary drinking
water standards Include a suite of chemical parameters. The chart indicates the percent of public
drinking water systems reporting no exceedance of those parameters. Source: DEP.
Five: Natural Systems
During 1996, DEP and the WMDs took major strides toward ~ing existing authorities, programs
and expertise to promote ecosystem management Emphasis ofDEP and WMD natural systems
strategies pursuant to the Florida Water Plan and District Water Management Plas has been on
providing better integration of existing water resource protection and management programs
within a comprehensive, statewide ecosystem management framework. Highlights of DEP and
WMD natural systems efforts "
include the following: Overall Progress In lsiwnting "Naturl:
Systems" Action 0p 19M5 Floridi
Major Accomplishments Water Pan
* Reallocation of DEP staff,
funding and other resources
to support ecosystem man-
agement initiatives inprior- sam nt
ity areas, including the
Governor's Commission for
a Sustainable South Florida,
Hillsborough River Basin,
CF Industries project, and
the Everglades Restoration
SEstablishment of intergov- InPro ~ t
management teams for Eco- -
system Management Are as
around the state .
Approval by the Governor's Commission on a Sustaimnble 8puth noda of a Conceptual
Plan for Everglades restoration. r
Reorganization of the DEP Division of Water Facilities to pro~l better DEP capability for
basin-wide assessments ofwater quality and overall health fwifetbodies.
Continued implementation of the statewide Surface Water Improvement and Management
(SWIM) program, designed to protect and restore waterbodies of regional or statewide sig-
Active participation by DEP, SWFWMD, SJRWMD, and SFWMD in National Estuary Pro-
gram activities for the Sarasota Bay, Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor, and Indian River Lagoon
Establishment of a DEP/WMD working group on mininumn flows and levels.
Active participation by DEP and the WMDs in helping Regional Planning Councils and local
governments identify and protect natural resources of regional significance.
* Continuation of ongoing efforts by DEP and the W4Ds to establish minimum flows and
levels for priority aquifers and surface waters according to schedules presented inDWMPs.
The importance of these efforts as a basis for preventing overwithdrawals from causing sig-
nificant harn to natural systems was underscored by Governor Chiles' Executive Order 96-
297. The Executive Order directs DEP and the WMDs to develop and implement schedules
for establishing minimum flows and levels for priority waterbodies, statewide,
Receipt by DEP Office of Greenways and Trails of an Intermodal Surface Transportation
Efficiency Act (ISTEA) grant to inventory, prioritize and map (GIS) restoration sites in State
Signing of an eight-part Memorandum ofUndrstanding (DEP, DACS, GFWFC, and the
five WMDs) to implement the DEP Private Lands Initiative.
Continued acquisition of lands providing water and natural resource protection by DEP, the
WMDs, and local governments with funding from Save Our Rivers and Preservation 2000;
resulting in an additional 200,000 acres protected.
Completion by the SFWMD and the USACE of the study phase for all elements of the
Kissimmee River Restoration project, moving it completely into design and construction.
SWFWMD compliance with the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission Order to
submit a revised schedule for establishing minimum flows and levels.
SWFWMD compliance with 1996 legislation requiring adoption of a schedule for establishing
minimum flows and levels for priority waters in the Tampa Bay Region.
Continued progress by SJRWMD on the Upper St. Johns River restoration project, with
completion of restoration activities scheduled for 1998.
Pursuant to provisions of SB 1986, the WMDs began implementing their responsibilities for
developing regional mitigation plans sufficient to meet state and federal regulatory require-
ments for DOT projects.
* Although at least some progress was made toward implementing all action steps for "Natural
Systems," major challenges are ahead in the establishment and implementation of minimum
flows and levels.
Ensuring the long-term sustainability of Florida's water resources and associated natural systems
is a basic tenet of the Florida Water Plan and the District Water Management Plans. It is antici-
pated that DEP and W program efforts directed toward this end will be maintained or in-
creased, with no major shifts in strategy for the foreseeable future. Process on establishin
minimum flows and levels is being made at a theater management districts, in accordance with
Executive Order 96-297.
Performance Measures for Natural Systems
Performance measures for natural systems are being developed jointly by DEP and the five water
management districts. For a variety of technical reasons, such measures are subject to continuing
refinement to ensure that they reflect the effectiveness of water management in Florida. These are
shown on the following figures.
Hydrilla Coverage and Control Expenditurs
|i 25.0i -
102 163 164 lIN8 1i09 197 196 1le 396I
Water Lttuce and Water Hyacinth Coverage
I2 1 104 I 19I I 196 IO I1 0 3 i64 196 1 I
19-2 1-3e 1i-4 1-5s 19-c 19-7 1-e8 lee 19- 101 W t1-3 les6 1-- e-s
1 WatOr LMtuc" Wte Hyad th
The two graphs above show qualittive visual estimates of water acrea- Qwvq by three invasive
exotic aquatic plants for the period 1982-199 In Florida public wnced re funds
expended to manage hydritl. An aggressive submerged escaped lll hydiUa Is not under
maintenance coneol and populual e a epondingover tim. Maque are expenalve
and although effective In quiescent lake waters are, unfortunately, ineffective in flowing waters. HdriN
reduction to maintenance contPrl In Ia would require a dedicated funding of approximately $15 million
Water hyacinth and water lettuce are floating plants. Control techniques are effective and relatively
inexpensive. Their populations have been markedly reduce and have been considered to be under
maintenance control sieee th le t O8's. Cost of control"e approximately 2 mRion per year for water
lettuce and water hyacinth. Sare=: DEP Bureau of invaseve Enotic Plant tnagerent.
Acres in Managed Conservation Areas in Florida
(Excluding Submerged Lands and Military Bases)
f lrthee decades, Florida has had a large public lands acquisition program. This indicator shows the
tal of managed conservation areas in the state. Source: DEP, Division of State Lands
Number of Streams and Other Surface Water Systems with
Established Minimum Flows and Levels (March 1, 1997)
i T.ltwater management districts historically have emphasized different approaches to setting minimum
ti *WOr hd levels. This performance indicator reflects these different emphaes and the different num-
-(mw str eams in regions aroundthe state. Lakes re shton in the next performance measure; this
shows lakes and will include, when.complete the Everglades. Inplementationof mutiwbe Order
jM.lWin the next several years will led to subtantially mor fatme and levels betn established. In the
- figure, this performance measure will how progress made since the Executive Order. Sourem: Water
Number of Lakes with Established Minimum Flows and Levels
(March 1, 1997)
Just as for streams, the water management districts have different hydroiqg~ circumstances and
historically have emphasized different approaches to setting minimum flows and levels for lakes. This
performance indicator reflects those different emphases. Implementation of Executive Order 96-297 in
the next several years wil lead to subtlantally more flows and le rel bat egiisnati ffo lakes. lthe
future, this performance menaure will show progress made sime the Executie Older. Source: Water-
Percentage of Watr Rosource Caution Areas for Which roundwater
Minimum Levels Have Been Estabshed (March 1 1997)
Aquifers have different water quality, different levels of importance, different volumes of water, and
different degrees of cqnnecti to other aquifers and surface waters. However, the water management
districts have included ground water reouces on their priority lists for establishing minimum flows and
levels, in accordance withlQamw a Exmtive Order 96-297. The water m nagepot dlWtriialso
have established Water Reow Cauto Areas, whereinwriticatwer resume problems as parj mted
to develop in the next tweluaty T w u heu GuW t W Re Watr MConmament DAibllM t bsdOd,
minimum level or the "Gouitem Wkaes Use Caudom Aea' bu it is nol yeli effect due tokgsal
challenges. The SL JohlnsRikm WaUle lagenw t Doiarict has adalegLnd minwmm gnO weter levels
for the Wekive River System. ThiIndlater, even more than moet er indicators, should be
interpreted carefully. Source: Water Management Districts.
~I I -- -- ---
Percentage of Established Minimum Flows and levels (Surface and
Ground Water Resources) Not Beng Violated
Once established, minimum flows and levels should be protected. However, it must also be recognized
that natural droughts can and do cause flows and levels to become very low, in "exceedance" of the
established minimum levels. Source: Water Management Disticts.
_ ___ ___ I__________ _~___I__ _
Six: ordination and Evaluation
During 1996, DEP moved ahead with its efforts to refine existing program coordination mpecha-
nisms to better support comprehensive ecosystem and watershed management approache. The
basic thrust of these eflbrts was to provide better integration and mutual support between DEP
and WMD progrsma within the context of the Florid Water Plan and the DEP Ecosystem
Management ImpIametation Strategy. Coordiatlon with planning efforts of regional planning
councils and local governments is
a priority concern of these efforts. Overall Progress In Implementing Action
Highlights of 1996 efforts include Steps of 1995 Florida Water Plan
* Agreement by the Governors
of Florida, Georgia, and Ala-
bama on basic aspects of an
interstate compact for future
surface water allocations in
* Signing of an EPA/DEP 82%
agreement redefining the in Progroe
working relationship between or ngoinq
the two agencies, and laying
the foundation for a closer
state/federal partnership in solving environmental problems.,
* Incorporation of water resource protection as Strategic Issue I of the DEP Agency Strategic
Plan, providing linkage to the DP procea for budgeting and allocation of agency resources.
* Reorganization of the fdsenr coordination and plan review functions ofthe DEP Oflice of
Intergovernmental Prorams (0P) into geographic regions to promote improved plan
integration and linkages at al levels.
* Establishment of an intragency Land and Water Planning Work Group (DEP, DCA, the five
WMDs, DACS, GFWPC, Florida Regional Councils Association, Florida League of Cities,
and Florida Association of Counties) to help integrate land and water planning and manage-
ment in Florida. Subsequent initiation of a subcommittee to organize and conduct a state-
wide land/water linkage conference in May, 1997.
* Reorganizationof the DEP Division of Water Facilities to provide better capability for com-
prehensive, basin-wide assessments of water quality and ecosystem health.
S* Department-wide initiatives to implement the DEP Ecosystem Management Implementation
DP launching ofan vironmental Citizenship a ig designed to helpinstill a ee of
shared responsibility and an environmentalthi inPlaorida's poiubatIio.
Implementation of streamlined environmental permitting (ERP).
SSigning ofa Memorandum ofUndertanding between DEP and DCA, creating a partnershi
between ecosystem management and growth management programs of the two agencies.
DEP formally incorporated as a member of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task
SFormation of the Southern Everglades Restoration Alliance (SERA), to address implemen-
tation of the modified water deliveries project, C 11, and L-28 projects.
Coordination Strategy 1.2/Action Step 1, which seeks to conduct statewide seminars and
public meetings on water resource issues, ecosystem mamagemet aad other environmental
programs to encourage public involvement in water resource managent has not been initi-
ated. However, individual WMDs have taken initives regionally
Coordination Strategy 2. I/Action Step 3, which seeks to publish feature articles on water
management in DEP newsletters and periodicals, has not been accomplished.
Coordination Strategy 2.2/Action Step 1, which calls for an evaluation ad amendment of the
.. permit structure for all DEP programs, such that all programs, to the extent possible, become
self-sufficient, has not been accomplished.
Coordination Strategy 2.3/Action Step 3, which calls for coordination with DOT on revisions
to the State Transportation Plan deserves more attention.
Coordination will continue to be a critical aspect of implementing theFWP, District Water Man-
agement Plans and the DEP Ecosystem Management Implementation Strategy. Emphasis in 1997
will include further integration of the DEP andDCA ecosystemi manager igowthanage nt
programs, and improving communication and technical assistance to local government. A
S.planned statewide land/water linkage conference and a potential SWFMconference should serve
Sas a catalyst for ongoing communication and coordination. Efforts will also be made to improve
DEP/WMD coordination on Congressional matters. Because of Executive Order Number 96-
S297, it is anticipated that DWMPs will be ivised in 1998 and the FWP will be revised shortly
Details of Activity-Based Progress
This First Annual Proress Report focuses on short-term, activity based measures. The measures
applied to each selected Ation Step were: 1) significant progress, 2) in progress or ongoing, and
3) little or no accomplishment. Overall results tfthe first year.assessment are provided in the
Summary, and specific evaluations are presented in the following Evaluation Tables, which are
referenced to Issues, Strategies and Action Steps presented in the Florida Water Plan.
The evaluation tables include in the "comment" column, references to individual DEP work units
that provided comment or that are responsible for accomplishing individual action steps.
Acronyms used for DEP organizational identification are as follows:
DMR Division of Marine Resources
BCAMA ureau of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas
SEAS Shellfsh Enviromental Assessent
ERP Division of Environmental Resource Permitting
DSL Division of Stae Lands
OES Offie of Envinmental Services
DWF Division of Water Facilities
FMRI Florida Marine Research Institute
CAMRA Coastal and Marine Resource Assessment
OEM Office of Ecosystem Management
OIP Office of Intergovernmental Programs
OEE Office of Environmental Education
OWP Offlce of Water Policy
Other acronyms from water management practice are also used in the table, including the
DRI Development of Regional Impact
DWMP District Water Management Plan
EMA Ecasystem Management Area
EMIS Eosystem Manau1ment Iplemeotation Strategy (of DEP)
FKNMS Florida Kys National Marine Sanctuary
FWP Florida Watr Plan
GFWFC Gain and Fresh Water Fish Coummission
MPO Meompolitan Planning Qrganization
NEP National Etuary Program
NRCS NatalResources Conservation Service formerlyy Soil Conservation
Service, pat of the U. S. Deptment of Agriculture)
NRRS Natura Resources of Regional Significance (part of a Regional Planning
RPC Regional Planning Council
SRPP Strategic Regional Policy Plan (of a Regional Planning Council)
USACE U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
WRCA Water Resource Caution Area
at of 1995 Florida Water Plan
+-- +sIgiasspt aC-OomplUhMejnt
if i pimnoroaoiuo
haptr One: General Issues (p. 13)
Mwi sue 1: There are Inadequate links be-
min knd and water planning, and between plan-
ndprogram implementation, causing pro-
ir conflicts and nefficlencies. (p. 14)
.- lu_ Strategy 1.1: hupro the linkages
HI""-. and nd water planning, and between plan-
IA ad Implmnentallon programs.
S1. Seek to fully inteate the Florida Water Plan with the
ia Pis da Land Development Plan, Florida Transportation
-- Plaa, and the DEP Ecosyem Management Initiative.
r Ga (DEP, 1995 Ongoing.)
T Cooninue to provide technical and/or financial assistance
'pt for Local Compreheniv Plans and Strategic Regional
Po icy Plans. (DEP, WMDs DCA, Rec. & Parks, &
P WFC, Ongoing.)
*"f'Au DEP and WMD programs to identify opportunities
ia4 4l tincrising coonliatdio between planning and imple-
t ma dtion Amticons with pcial emphasis on integrating
i e"-wosysa mauaeenmm and watershed management
. appaches into agency programs. (DEP & WMDs, 1996.)
i (OIP) Initiated Heorts to improve the
linkage between the thee plans.
i (OWP) Establishment of an inter-
agency Land and Water Planning
i (DMR/FMRI) as requested.
/ OIP provides ongoing assistance
with this effort.
1 WMD implementation of Integrated
Plan components of DWMPs
I (ERP) Examples are the Bird Drive
Special Area Management Plan and
the Saddle Creek Prjec
I (OEM) Progress made at the Eco-
system Management Area level.
+ (OP) organized federal coordi-
nation and plan review functions
into geographic regions. Reviews
ressm the need for Eosystem Man-
approaches and reference applicable
I Stow I COMINMtf
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Statun Comments
+ significant acompulhmeant / in progress or ongoing little or no progress
General Issue 2: GoverMnm tithe private actar,
and the general pubiA fw quena y do not take
shared responIlblity for su nng Florida's water
resource, the1rby hbnderng thr effectivne of
water management effort. (p. 14)
General Issue Mrautgy : Premte joint responal-
bility for su!a!M" g_ --
1. T'nno fladted pmagfp^, seMe R fionl Pla g (OP) OIP Trefences relevant FWP
Councils, local gadovenB a asthe private sector in strategies n a project reviews and,
planning and marwaneat of a er eourxs and related in particular, iastred iethat a
natural systems. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) RPP shoud adopt an Eco-
systeumWatnabed MgL approach to
local cp. plUa.
(DMR/Jat) Eqp. with Rec. &
Parks and Ageocy oaBay Mgmt,
frw al llh. .
(DMRuM/SEAS) a a joimt respon-
suiity or pjuoet sh elfish
(OWP) A bad range; araed
S itiaiv wse onong at each of the
(OWP) WMD.wiw af SRPPs and
technical stance by WMDs;
partnership between WMDs and
local goverants to iplemen nt
2. Assess internal and extemal enviramnental education pro- (DMR/SEAS) Marine resovce
grams to identity sregthsweakiesme and ecoommndd survey ofpublic opinion &
improvements oA ter neess and coordination, employees.
with particular lrbphI eaeoip~mrtiof ater and + (OEM)
ecosystem management conp. P WMDs 1996 I (OE) Participrted in State Commit-
Continuing.) tee oa Environmental Education
(SCMNE) review of statewide env.
: ;,.- .~ --i-- ____~_~_~_ __
ji1ement of 1995 Florida Water Plan Stats Comments
+ ignmicatr aniihmnt. / in progress or ongoing litl or no pg
3. Woak dfvdopae bmsd Cthic of evironmmaenmn (DMi MRI) Contiaao epnd
ship and imbvosmna with te pivte mscrnd otlreacl th l ope hoiue, b oler's
ididuals oFlid as part aeoyrtman mr mnt guide and enhanced enha cooed nation
initiatvir.(DEP &WMDD 1995 Continuing.) with DEP.
4 (DMURBCAMA) Marine ioUrce
S (OWP) Each DEP Ditrict Office has
Ecosystmn Management Aea teams
working toward thi.
J (OEM) Eigh-party OUpsigned to
implement the Private Lands
Inidtiive. Environmnu Citizen-
ship ^ca. mpai th atnOhed.
General isue 3: Water management usually has
not been approached on a comprehensive water-
shed basis, which has impaired our ability to
protect water resources and related natural
General issue Strategy 3.1: Promote and implement
watetihed and eOosystem approaches. The depart-
emtn and he water mnagemnt districts will target
ecosystem forpririty attention and support en-
hancement and interaeMn ef existing efforts such as
the SWI and Natlonal Estay Programs.
1' Pvroildu erasi8 pla ieipnmaitiug ecasyatnm manage- I (OEM) Finalist for Coumdil State
mem priacile. (DEP, Oagtg.)_ uGoveramtmeuaadKeaiedy School.
2. Create and haprove ecoystem management patnerships + (OWP) AU DEP District Ofes are
with public and private entities. (DEP, Ongoing) actively worng to achieve this.
f (DMRJBCAMA) Chariotte Harbor
+ ((EM) Pacebased eam are in
3. Implement provisions of the Everglades Forever Act. (OEM)
(SFWMD & DEP, Ongoin)
4. Expand georaphicaUy based management and planning + (OEM) Pla. d teams are in
by e~tab ishing raamient teams for selected additional opual
eooaynems and developing ecosystem area impilutettion (Ol') RanageldM geogaphically
atategie. (DEP, WMDl, Local Gowveraenrts& O others, ad s a am t apepame to conduct
1998, Ongolang) p-aed -Svin
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Comments
+ 4ilifcant Iap O.ne i in progress or ongoing little or no progress
5. Develop aoe a asVe A Qogie to delinee nth ee- I (DWF) FenahoUoway River study
dlAurmnsil adlwBshebds diruin the interface beween completed. Bmre of Water Re-
ground water aMxaorAP e water. (DEP, 1997.) source Protectiedoncoinaot g as-
sessmnt ofSt MIkRivwr Basin
in-crporasla .uhobwba r, -gound
water, and biological interaction.
I (SWFWMD) Completion and use of
the Northern Tampa Bay Water
Resource Asessment Prject
6. Develop deftive,' bilmsto track permitsnd assess J (ERP) Map Expert to be used for
impacts of permitted activities on a watershed basis. (DEP, basic permit location. ERP permit
& WMDs, Ogoig.) data share on line Fall 1996.
(DMR) Marine resource scientific
colecting permit program..
I (DEP District Offices)
S (DWF) Surface water discharge
points located using GPS technology
7. In coordination with the WMDs, and in accordance with (DWF) Prepared giaitdiy g in
the DEP/EPA work plan, implement the Total Maximum coordination wi e h Um
Daily Load (TMDL) concept for priority watersheds (DEP current d p~mapi Satmt i to
& WMDs Ongoing) ar)plic na r t mpEa o dQam ap
8. Provide permit review staff with access to GIS tools i (En) FBlr Mp nled i fal
necessary to evaluate permit applications on a watershed 1996 ogg; ot pi tpermit
basis. (DEP & WMD, Ongoing.) application being dswoped in
Caloormhatnh in ooadiam$ton with
WMD aad Federal agencies.
S(DMRBAPM) staff with ARCVIEW
(OWP) Al DEP District Omces
have initiated programs to achieve
I (OWP) SJRWMD development of a
simple, user-friendy GIS tool to
assist with and pe riews.
9. Implement ecosystem management in six demonstration m (OEM n
areas Suwanaee RIve blades, 1illsborough River, cimmmna participation to
St Johns River, Wcke aRiwr, and ApalachiplaRiver varying degreesby DEP, WMDs,
sad Bay. (DP, WhMX, Lcal Govrnments & Others, local government, private interests,
Ou ) sand others.
10. Maintain ad suppt ote atewide SWIM program (see + Received 1g
Water Quality s. Continedfan i
11. Through participation in the Tchnical Advisory Commit- (DMR/FMRI) Technical support to
tees, Manament Committes and Poiy ComUn es, ah National Estuarine Programs,
support and build upon the National Estuary Pro- Management Committee for
gram/Comprehnsive Conservatio and Management Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay.
Plans for Tampa Bay, Indian River Lagoon, Sarasota Bay, I (DMR)
and Charlotte Harbor. (PEP & WMDs, Ongoing). I (OEM)
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan,
+ ~~n in progress or ongoing little or no progress
Gnral iaume Strategy 3.2: Improve land acquisition
and land managaintw prqgagis to enhance protec-
tion and mIpaii mn of watr reaourcea on a
1. Evahlate then ripp alin cts of activities on public and (OEM) Two pilot projects between
private properties in identifed ecosytCems. Coordinate p public and private land managers are
management activities in identified ecosystems through underway.
voluntary partnership with private property owners and
public managers. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. Expand appication of the "Greenline Concept," a manage (DSUOES) "Core" and "Buffer"
meant strategy which DEPdlineates an area of concern areas identified for acquisition
adjacent to a ate park, and Leeks to encourage compatible projects.
lad manageet within that area. (DEP & WMDs, (DMR/BCAMA) state buffer
goingg) preserve program provides upland
protection for aquatic preserves.
+ (OEM) Several initiatives underway,
with focus on parks with springs:
Wakulla Wddiva, Ichetcnee, and
+ (oIP) uses oenaline maps for
determining whether to consult with
DRP on project reviews.
3. Develop a statewide natural resource atlas of existing (Re. A Parks) Mapping of publicly
public and private conservation lands and land interests manaI d lands and conservation
(e.g. easements) and additional lands and waters that will easements underway.
contribute to the lg-term biological diversity, water (DSOES) FNAI currently has a
supply, water quality, floodplain protection, and integrity statewide map showing many of
of natural ecosystems in Florida. (DEP, WMD, & those areas, but need more informa-
GWPC, and others, 1997.) tion on available layers regarding
J (DMR/PMRI) Working with
diversified groups on several aspects
of GIS/ resource areas i.e. living
marine resources; So. FI/ Everglades
(OEM) Funding uncertainties.
4. Improve cordinadoon of land acquisition and management (ERP) Underway at part ofS.
planning efforts of government and -pfit groups Florida conservation strategy and
through: a) enhanced coordination of long-term strategic mitigation bank site identification.
acquisition, at statewide and regional scales, b) greater i (DSUDES) Moving forward (CARL
involvement of citizens, and c) increased access to land web site coming loo)
acquisition and greenways data bases. (DEP & WMDs, i (NWFWMD) Camp Hden Jones
1996-Con t ming.) Swamp and Pitcher Plant Prairie.
/ (OWP) WMD involvement in Local
I Stt" I c'onamou
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Comments
+ Lsmi.ca aoplishent. /i in progress ongoing little or no progress
5. Support imovavMireMsol land acqUsiaio, such as f (DSL/OES) Opnitaaitia identified
joint Ainding bim gmwv mniM uaits, Hlea Ihn he but no aotn as yet Mjor pOWject
siMple owrn hip, and coopaerdve nmagun strategies. in BJRWMD.
(DEP & WMDs, local governments, private, and non- I (SRWMD) UI of lesth4anee
profit groups, Ongoing.) acquaiditio hfr Lab tiochlo and
Ecape Ranch plimctsp
; (SWFWMD) Lis tha fee simple
policy developed fdys.l atioa about
121.m thmi gaibaslqieqnaitions
(NWFWMD) Coapumiisd afots in
/ progsp involving NWFWMD, Leo
Coly, wBsbia Couty, Florida
Commuaities Tnutaad DWF (Jones
Swamp, OIae W pl Prairie. &
Gwyndale Ravine Prqjects)
General Issue 4: tter information is needed to
support water resource protection, restoration and
management action. (p. 17)
General lasue -trgy 4.1: Uek to ensu that where
appropriate, I eeirra of Wel r dait by DEP, the
WMIDs, the Re. & Pae of Engineers, local govern-
ments and others iscoordinated, directed at answer-
ing priority mraagieeut quetioni, md is analyzed in
a method useful for Mrkig water management
1. Implement 6240.540, P.A.C., revisions on data man- + (DWF) (DP District Ofics) DEP
agement, which established DEP as the lead agency lr co- provides tlnl mad tactal
ordltindag the collection of water quality data, and pro- assistance to WMDs and local
videos guidance on dIata SrpOtting and Atorage. (DEP, governmeats n dta transr to
WMDs, & Local.Governmts 1995 Ongoing.) STORET. Data sent to DEP also
transferred to STORET.
+ (NWFWD) WMDs routinely
2. Foster development an genhaased cooperative ue sof GIS (ER) South Florida Comervtaon
technology and ifiter by DEP and WMD (DEP, Pla plqactaig a model.
WMDs, Local dGveriwmelt A oAer appropriate parties, I (DMRfMRil) Numerous
Ongoing.) DuICAMRU A pnects.
S (OEM) D /WMD GIS coordina-
tiom medhnims in pace.
i SJRWMD & SFWMDD aismane to
Omlag County in delineation of
sipnficant recharge areas for im-
plementation ofBluebelt Law.
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Ststo CoImmets
+ nig~cfi t accomplishment in progress or ongoing little or no progress
3. Continue the use of DEP/WMD convention committee to (WF) The R Codinating
recoumsm d uniform appegowch to technical problems, Committee contnum to meet
and w-hsr prg priae, polic issues. This wil include regularly.
participation by local goivennents and others at appropri- J (OWP) Water Supply Plannin Salt
ate stages. (DEP WMDs 1995 Ongoing.) Water Intrusio CUP Mitigation,
and4 ini.mm Flows and Levels
4. Through existing mechanisms such as the State Clearing- (.DMRo FU)
house, NEPA, and CZMA federal consistency reviews, I (OEM) Extinsive n of the
facilitate early consultation between DEP, WMDs, and the Clearinghouse NEPA, and CZMA
Corps of Engineers regarding water resource data collec- in the Everglades restoration.
tion and hydrographic muodlin for federal flood control OIP
projects. (DEP, WMDs, & Local Governments, Ongoing.) (OWP) WlMD conduct courtesy
reviews of EARs for ideification
and recognition of WRCAs.
5. Continue the cooperative program with the USGS to col (DWF)
lect, comaqe, and publish statewide water use data on a
fivear basis. (DEP, WMDs ,& USGS, Ongoing.)
6. Present the results of data acquisition efforts in a form / (OWP) Al DEP District Offices
usenl to planning as well as regulation and make reports (DWF)
avalabe to DEP and WMD stfM local governments, and (DM ,WCAMRA)
the public. (DEP, WMDs, & Local Governments, (NWFWMD) WMD doing this.
7. Evaluate existing monitoring programs, including the (WF) Bvaluation and
Ground Water Monitoring Network and the Surface Water reorganization continuing.
Ambient Monitoring Program to determine how best to
integrate the programs. (EP, 1997.)
8. Attempt to cure a dedicaed, adequate funding source for (DWP) Dedicated f ding not yet
the Surfac Water Ambient Monitoring Program, and to secured.
secure additional funding for the Ground Water Quality
Monitoring Network, to able both monitoring networks
the ability to ensure comprehensive coverage and data
integrity. (DEP, 1997.)
Generl Isu Strategy 4.: Where water resource
underatandngas r decent. apply adaptive manage-
ment technique, and balance uncertainty In favor of
avoiding Ire vae lout6 w commitment which
may iriz water reoures or the long-4nn
1. In conjunction with ecosystem management teams estab- I (OEM) (DBPA itricetOQ ls)
lished under Generl Strategy 3.1, create ecomystem man- Plasedbtasdmst ae ia operation.
agement committees to coordinate data gathering, info- I (OW) An DMDieii Ofices
motion assessment, and development of management (OWP) All WM participating on
strategies within selected ecosystem managem project eoaysm m g tstes
areas. (DEP, WMDs GFWFC, other state, federal,
regional and local agencies, and private interests, 1996-
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan State Comments
+ significant a Hh nt. f in progress orongoing littler noprogress
2. Covene additiocd convention conmnoitfes to recommend (NWD)
consistent a r addressing priority water l (OWP) DEP/WMD comniuees on
resJorce i ,i.io 1'hisr will include participation saltwater ltnusion, CUP mitigation,
by local govermats and others at appropriate stages. and a;inim ftowland tiOhs met
(DEP& 1996. in 19 96.
Chapter Two: Water Supply
Water Supply Issue 1: Demands on ground and
surface water supplies are exceeding or
threatening to exceed sustainable yields from
particular sources. (p. 25)
Water SuppltS strategy 1.1: Promote water
1. Implment provirias ofthe DEP Water Policy Rule + (DWF) In general, the ruse provi-
pertaining to water spplyprotetion and management, sions have bpen implme#ted. The
water conservation, and tense (Sections 62-40.410;.412; WMDs have implemented the reuse
and .416, F.A.C.). (DEP & WMDs, 1995.) prvisito in the fdia intended by
the provision of Chapter 62610.
2. Implement water conserve mprograw through public (OWP) AU WiQ aedin
education, technical and hmaida assistance, promotion of cooperative projects with ocal
xerbocape and conemAuitai* e penriating programs. governments.
(WMDs, local gemenits A& atilities. Oa going )
Water Supply stBrn 4y.tPrLm ~* lmt and
equitable allocation of limited water among competing
1. Continue ffots to develop alternative w or a locao (SWFW D) SWUCA R (puder
strategies for all Water Reource Caution Areas (WRCAs). challenge); Study on Alternative
(DEP, & WMDs, Ongoing.) (aEcoic) Approcnhe to Water
f (SFWMD) Mjor element of water
supply plans currently being
2. Pursuant to requkemet atf Chaer 373, F.S., Chapter I (OWP) This is a mjor cmemm of
62-40, F.A.C., and WMA Rules, improve coneamipi use the Saltater tnaaG a d CUP
permitting programs to prevet water withdraanh aftm Mitigatie Wair' ~ now being
causing significant harm to water resouces or amociated addressed y the Minimum Flows
natural systems. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing) and Levels Wtk Goun
Water Supply Strategy 1.3: Promote alternative water
1. Iiplann wentriensm ttlrADe P Water PolicyRa + (DWF) For rus
(Sections 62-40.310() atd 62-40.410, F.A.C.) pertaining + (OWP) All WMDs
to alternative aWter suppiad determining whether a
water use ir a remo iaM.ran cihal use. (DEP & WMIDs
~ __ _.. __
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status ComI
+ significant a pl sme / in progress or ongoing U- w little or no press
2. Develop a protocol for chemical and biological testing to + (DWF) Completd The protocol has
help determine the causes) of toxicity in concenate been established and is outlined in
generated fom drinking water desalination. (DEP, 199.) DEP' publication "Major Seawater
Ion Toxicity in embrane Technol-
ogy Water Treatment oncentrate"
3. Develop appropriate aquifer storage and recovery criteria. I (DWF) For raue,r is beit coi~d-
(DEP, WMDs, & EPA, 1997.) ered in ongoing Phase I revisions to
I (SWFWMD) Numerous ASR
4. Implement alternative water supply finding programs i (OWP) Inmp~i nted by SFWMD,
pursuant to s. 373.1961(2), F.S., including submittal of SJRWMD, SWFWMD.and
annual reports on alternative water supply funding pro- NWFWMD.
grams pusuant to s. 373.1961(2)(j), F.S. (WMDs, 1996 -
5. Cooperate with the appropriate entities to implement a (SWFWMD) (DMR) (OEM) (DWF).
seawater designation facility through the New Water Propot regarding the West Coast
Sources Initiative. (SWFWMD, West Coast Regional Regional Water Sply Authority.
Water Supply Authority, & Utilities, 1995 Ongoing.)
6. As part of statewide storm water management encourage (DWF)
the aprpropiate retention and use of storm water for bene (SWFWMD) Section 21 wellfield
fl&ial purposes such as irrigation, industrial cooling rehydration project continues.
oranameoi poods, and artificial ground water recharge for
creation of bfers against saltwater intrusion in coastal
areas. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) .
Water Supply Iue 2: Depleton of easily
developed local water sources is Increasing
pressure for transfers of water. (p. 29)
Water Supply Stratgy 2.1: Promote opthnization of
local sources before conlderation of long-distance
transport of water.
1. Require that local sources, demand management measures, + (DWF) (OWP) Required by s. 62-
and alternative sources be developed t the greatest extent 40.422(1), F.A.C.
practicabe, considering the environmental, economic, and
technical feasibility of such alternatives, before considering
klong instance transport (DEP & WMDs, Orgointi
2. courage, aist in, and where appropriate, requie the + (DWF) Foreuse,
development and efficient use of alternative souts of
water, including reue of reclaimed water, grywaer use, (OWP) In gne a l, DEP and the
deslination retention, storage and beneicial use of storm WMDs are doi this.
water, and other appropriate alternative sources to ensure o (SFWMD) Maor element of water
water availability, reduce the demand for conventional supply plans is consideration of
sources, and to maximize and maintain existing sources. altersaive soumresto meet future
(DEP, WMIs & HRS, Ongoing.) demand.
3. Ensure that proposafor transfer of water ae fully as- I (OWP) No new activity in 1996.
sessed pursuant to provisions of s. 373.2295, F.S. and s.
62-40.422, F.AC. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
Element of 195 Florida Water Plan Stanu CoAuMest
+ gnifcnt Iaccomplisment I in prossor ongoing liteeor pogruss
Water Supply lasue 3: Ibtadquate information
regarding quanitl leattons, and availability of
water supples to Support new growth hinders
efforts to kasp demands within the lmits of water
availability, (p. 30)
Watr Supply Sra y 3.1: chance capabirities of
DEP and WMD program to ensure safe, affordable
and reliable suppilefor all reasonable-benefcial
1. Promote dfots t oblinta aeate information out the / (OWP) Active DEP and WMD
avaiability oa wrr ippUMe and work with the WhDs to participation the Water Supply
ensure statewide co y in conumptiv e use p it- Planning and Developmet Work
ting. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) Group.
J (OWP) MDs coa acting water
2. Implement evisiom to theBP Water Policy Rule (OWP) Pcs dofealiuon to be
(Chapter 62-40, F.A.C) adoped by the Environmental comp eted in aey 1997.
Regulation Commission on December 1, 1994 and March
24, 1995. (DEP & WMs )
3. Continue the tabih n ht orminiuim flows and levels (OWP) SAheulI Uing
on a priority bais purmRs t to a 373.042, F.S., and sched- ifinplR S b WwhMS,
ules in DWMPs, includiag the determination of safl or gaenrtly a8iIa rteN io 194
sustainable yields fim gond ad surae water sources. DWMft. MeA stoadtoles
4. Administer water shoage plans and water conservation + (WMD W4w f liod
programs. (WMDs, Og oig.) isql at r_
5. Assist, as appropria, in waeCr pply devlopmet, in- (DWF)
eluding the develop afalternative sources such as (OWP) On ing edst tW l WMDs.
conservation, rge, earmlianism, e (WVM)X Ongoing.)
6. Continue the cooperative progmn with the USGS to (DWP) USGS Morta cntiaUinLg
collect, compel, ad publish statewide water use data on a with pMtcipllem by WMDs.
five-year baE (DEP, W4D%, and SGS, 1995 -
Water Supply Strategy 3.: iprw coordination
between state and pagionl water manage ont pro-
grams and local goveomet competes ve plan-
ning, particulasty ai teae 0peb1tdlB tchadnca
Information and aessMlance Ito cl gwmm cents.
1. Provide techaicsi ai m and avaMib wafeer happy i (OWP) Ongoing by al WMDs.
infornnein i iti.oml Pan in III m n anlMd bi Nv-
ernments in a btm gYkgtl to regional policy devtep-
mat and local owaMeIleaUMsen plman1 a. This
should incle the M lM and updating of glea
water availability inveatoaMi p tuuat to s 373.0395, F.S.
_~ I ~_~__r___~lll_ __ __
of 1995 Florida Water Plan status Comments
-- +.difwa .n ./ in process or ongoing lilero progress
SProide outreach mecanim for assisting local (OWP) Ogouing by all WMDs.
gounr ents in amusing that water supply demands of
lanned growth do not exceed water availability. (WMDs,
Sdue a pomplooar of ground water basin availability
iga ito pursuant to s 373.0395, F.S. (WMDs,
SThrogh tb existing plan review process, review the OP coordinates the Department's
IConsvati and Potable Water eleumnts of local govern- reviews oft planning doA ments to
Seat comprehensve plans to ensure tht they reflect the evaluate considtcy with all De-
u nitmids of availaaie gmwd and surface water and other partmet programs, nues and
available water sdulie, pursuant to proviios of s. 373. policies. (There is a ned lor greater
0395, F.S. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) involvement of the DWF programs
in the DEP District offices).
I- (OW) Ongoing by each WMD.
AIN Supply Issue 4: The quality of water supplies
has been degraded in many locations, and existing
SAupples are Increasingly threatened by
t"m aton. (p. 31)
I supply Strategy 4.1: Protect wellheads and
S el charge areas through a combination of state
regulations of potential sources of groundwater
RNW InatlonU, acquisition, land use regulation by
Sgtealovem me-nts, and providing technical
'tAilltence to local governments.
3~ Delineate recharge areas according to schedules in District Ongoing activity by the WMDs
__ Water Managent Plans. (WMDs, Ongoing.)
SDevelop ategies for aquifer protection, including (DWF) Pilot sudie ongoing to map
are protction, wellhead protection measures, and aquifer vulnrabMllty; DRASTIC
aquifer vulnerability mapping. (DEP, WMDs, & local maps to be pWlab ed in 1997;
government, 1996.) FAVA mapping edbrts continuing.
3. Continue development of a statewide wellhead protection (DWF)
program. (DEP, WMDs, & local Govermments, Ongoing.)
4. Review local government comprehensive plan visions + DWF provides technical assistance
and provide technical and financial assistance to ensure through plan reviews and EAR
that protection of wellheads is scientifically based. (DEP & consulttion
WMDs, Ongoing.). OP coordinates Department's
S. Continue development and support a Model Wellhead + (DWF) Devopet fthe Model is
Protection Program with NWFWMD and the City of Tal- complete. Outreach forts ongoing.
laassee, for potential statewide application. (DEP,
NWFWMD, and City of Tallahassee, 1996.)
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan status Commlets
+ snificant accopiHiubment. f in progress or ongoing little or so p s
Water Supply ttgy 4.2 : As described in Chaper
Four, coMlmnti ~uiras g and manage discharges to
ground and sufti waters to protect, maintain, and
improve their qullMy for water supply, environtnal
protection, and other boemlklal ReP. & Park purposes.
1. Continue to regulate domaic wastewater discharges, + (DWF) (DEP Distrt Offiws) DEP
residuals nm na amen ftdlities and industrial waste parmiatt inElgpro rantiam
discharges purunt to provisions of Chapter 403, F.S.,
and DEP rona (.DEP, Ongon.)
2. Continue to impament orm water mana tp ams (OWP) Being iia tedaby all
pursuant to DEP/WMD delegation agreements. (WMD, WMDs except NWFWMD. DEP
Ongoing.) imnuplmmenting pnogsm in NW Fna.
3. Impteient SWIM proppros for priority water bodies, (DbMR/MhI))
including u a of m plutant load reduction goals. I DWF)
(DEP & Wi Ds, Ongoing) I (OWP) SWIM Programs continue to
be inpltneod by each WMD. DEP
District ge rasarticiptias.
Water Supply Strategy 4.3: Ensure water supply
system compianc with federal and state Safe
Drinking Water Acts.
1. Enforce drinking waterpermitting equirements. (DEP & I (NW0 ) .
HRS [now the Department of Healtih, Ongoing.) (DWF) O ingl activy.
2. Adopt federally mandated drinking water standards. (DEP, + (DWP)
3. Implement DEPRS Interagency Agreement on delegat- + (DWF)
ing drinking water programs to eleven approved county
public health units. (P ( HRS now the Department of
Water Supply Str gy 4.4: Promote rouse of
1. Refine and weq d existing rules in Chapter 62-610, (DWF) Phase I nlen it was
F.AC. Include pciM rue provisia regarding completed in 1995. Phase n
industrial use of reclaizn eater, ald fr ground water nrlemaeking is ongoing.
recharge and indirect potable vuse, aquifer storage and
recovery, useof ed ppslemaa wster supplies, anidblnding
of concentrate frm denalimttion process with rwined
water. (DEP, 1996.)
2. For utilities located within Water Reue Caution Areas, + (DWP) Imaplembead at DP. This
ensure that permits tor dmeuic wastewater facilities are requirement hu baen krporated
consistent with reqirvia~ f r se contained in the ito Chapter 62-610 F.A.C.
utilities' coasamptive ale eit (DEP. Oagoing.)
3. Review reume feasbiliy idies for domestic wutew r + (DWF) Being done by DEP.
facilities located within Wt Rsource Caution Areas. If
reuse is feasMibe limitdapwell eioisand surface
water disposal projects to those serving as backups to reuse
systems. (DEP, 1995 Ongoing.)
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan States Commats
+ signifant accomplishment / inprogem or oning little or norogres
4. Implement reus prvisons o Florida StaUw and the + (DWF) In general, is being done.
IRnse Coeintions Report. (DEP & WMDs. Ongoing.) Viuaryg effectiveness.
5. Phoac s apropi rquretmas obr reuse in onmptiv (WMDs) I.han.eta continues
use praits issued to water utilities and userss afrwater to be inmplete. Cst allocation is
within Water Resourae Caution Aras. (WMDs, 1995- especially difficult SJRWlD
Ongoing ) rulemaking expected i# 1997.
NWFWMD accomplihes this
through aonditioan in WRCAs
6. Develop guidelines for rese feasibility studies for users of + (Dgl) Completed. uiddlines were
water. (DEP, WMD,& PSC, 1995.) accepted by the Reue Coordinating
Committee in Nov., 1996.
7. Seek fading ($400,000) for a study oalernative (DWF) The UCF completed a
disinftion methods (UV & Ozonation), conduct the steady literature rview t alternative
through contract with a state university, and incorporate disinfection processes, using a
the results, as appropriate, into DEP rules. $25,000 grant DEP obtained from
8. Prepare annual reports o MeU pursuant to requirements + (DWF) Annuals rpots are being
at s. 373.250, F.S. (WMDs, Ongoing.). prepared by the WMDp. Initial
subittals were ti Jan. 1995.
Chapter Three: Flood Protection and
Flooding Issue 1: Human occupancy of and
alteration of floodplains and floodprone areas are
threatening public health, safety and welfare. (p.
Flooding Strategy 1.1: Poster nonstructural strategies
in achieving flood protection.
1. lThoughtlenviro FimentalResouice Permitting (ERP) / (ERP) Underway
programs of DEP and the WMDs, ensure that the natural
flood conveyance capability of water courses is maintained
(DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. Identify and, where appropriate, design na tueaal (OWP) SJRWMD & SWFWMD
floodways aa Works of the District. (SRWMD& have dveloped Future Land Use and
SWFWMD, Ongoing.) Floodplain overlay map to identify
-po-ien problem areas.
3. Incorporate flood protection considerations into land / (SIJOES)
acquisition programs. (EP & WMDs Ongoing.) / (OWP) Al WMDs
4. Implement those portions of the DEP Water Policy Rnle / (OWP, ERP, Wba) Will be part of
pertaining to floodplain management (s. 62-40.450, planned "Pha I ofI a aire mental
F.A.C.). (DEP & WMD, 1995-Ongoing.) aResource Pemdng
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Element of 199 Florida Water Plan Stanut COt meOts
+ signiflce aca comp ha ent. / in progress or ongoing atte or no pnogres
Flooding Mt y : n ns x t. ime pacs tonm
1. Consisteot with the pri urpoa of WlD hdilmimt, I (OEM) Provides relevant input
constut, opea ad maa tainworks of the ditri in a though ari mti dM iathe C&SF
manner which ssi m lold hazards to existing dew- Pnjact Rastdy. Lowe Bas Coast
opmnt mad advise impe to natural systems. (WMDs, Watr Sqpp Satb.
Ongoing.) J k(WMD) Partofstacture
^ : -operational reviews.
2. In priority sares, d ef daims and oodrone (OWP) WMD Dlineaton of
areas, ad peeide thuie ation to RPCs and local floodpome a has ben limited,
govrnmnets gto lad ue paing ad segadatoy program but information ftom FMA and
purposes. (WMD, Oagoing.) oher ow e is routinely provided to
3. Review aieadmnots to lcMtIgovernment a- ta- sw / (,OWDEP Diusct Oicces) Reviews
plans and developma ef. gional impact (DRIs) to of..a ima udtify the
ensue that flooding potenal is recognized and that risks p6.iae 9oinO .
4. Complete the Upper St. John River Basin Project. SRMD
and human safety.
I. Through the Enviroaeal Resource Permit progwnm of I (ERP) Underway by DEP and
DEP and the WMD,eaue that ams and other water WMDS
retention or management suctures are properly designed,
constructed and namlaained to minimize flood sims. (DflP
& WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. aEnsure the integrity of editiag and future dams aId + (OWP) Ongoing by DJP and
structural nood dx0tx abidKies thMough regular ispeo- WMDs.
tion, maintenance and apm aprieteauretshmat
3. Maintain and a Iaterr0 disl ructures in the Upper +
Ockawaha RivenBaaW (AAWMD, Ongoing)
4. Complete canal CMvyance capacity studies (SFWMD, (OWP) Canal c. eyance sudies in
1993 to 1997): C-,C4, C-23. (1993 to 1997.) C-15, C-16 / progress by SFWMD.
(1993.) C-W, C-100, C-0B (1993 to 1995.) L-10, L-
12 (1993 to 1994.) I
Flooding Strg :y 2 InM eW piro;t on of ftodt
related r.. W and resepoee.
1. Work witk-lC aDivulftrl large Mmeanomam and I (OWP) Ongoing effort
others to assess and clearly Gfood i s rgcy planning and
response reposiitie of DEP and the WMs. (DEP,
WMDs, DCA. local governments, & Special Districts.
nt of 1995 Florida Water Plan Statu Comments
+ signifm t atoompushmnB l inprogress or ongoing Hfle or me progess
2. Woek with DCA, FEMA, USACB and local govewnmnte (OWP) Ongoing ffn ofDEP and
to poui fdmcte mmrese to flood manapecr (DEP, WMDs.
WMDi, DCA, FEMA, USACE, & Local Governments,
apter Four: Water Quality
terw Quality Issue 1: While significant water
"*a y progress has been made, Florida's surface
SJd ground waters continue to be degraded by
point and nonpoint seuree of pollution. (p. 45)
Water Qulity Strategy 1.1: Improve research, data
S.-4i lon and data sharing.
4'. Contine support and expansion of the Ground Water / (DWB)
Quality Moitoring Network and the Surface Water o (OWP) AH I i District ORices and
Ambient Monitoring Program, with opportunities provided all WMDs a involved.
fr private sector comment. (DEP, WMD, & local
2. Evaluate the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program J (DWF, DEPDitrict Ofes)
and te Ground Water Quality Monitoring Network to de-
termine how to .better itegrmte the two, and mor edfo-
tively use the data generated to make water quaty man-
ag'3eat tdelpsM. (DEP &WMDs, 1995.)
.3. Atlnpt t to secue a dditeeod adequate fading source for
the Surface Water Ambient Monitoriig Program and to (DWF)
me ioaddtnal finding for the Ground Water Quality
Monitoring etwor to give both motoring networks the
ability to ensure comprehen ve coverage and data
iagrity. (BP & WMDs, 1997, Ongoing.)
4. Continue to prpe State Water Quality Assessment (OWP) All DEP Ditrict Offics are
(305(b))pots.(DEP, 1995 Ongoing.) involved.
Develop statewide GIS coverage and coordinate research (ERP) Undrway with South Florida
activities and data saring. (DEP, IDCA WMDs, RPCs & Canaratioa Plan project a model,
local governments, 1997.) some statewide coverages already
I (DMR/FMRI) Several active
6. Enter all coected ambient water quality data into the (OWP, all DEP District Offices)
SToBT data management system. (DEP, WMDs & local (DWF)
pmvmnIent Ongoin.) I (OWf) all WMD
,. Estabhlio uswd ops among WMDs, DEP and other agen-
cies to develop pqocedsaes for cooperative modeling, GIS, I (DWP)
and data sharing for TMDL development and implemen-
tation, and for evaluation of th eeectiveness of estab-
lished TMDLs. (DEP & WMD 1996 Continuing.)
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Stat Comments
+ significant uopS ia- m in proasre or ongoing libs-or o progress
8. Dsevw ep it lg t fo dMnt asing t o (DWP) a ertouly
inmtaeroab Ibmwas a d round water. (DEP A complu6oad. of Water
WMDh 19%96 -griny) eards.PIl
inwpatedme stagm t Marks
River Baia, with NWFWMD
(WWlM CatADC atneu dm e att
f Northern Tampa Bay Wrap
Water Quality Statgy 1.: SecuA dedicated and
adequate fnmdlg for auisw ewer program, .
1. Work with tUesLegishae to secure a specific, coaimiag (OWP) Stablfunding Paotyt t
funding source atr the imaewide SWIM program. (DEP a a chieved.
WMD, Onpga.) ..
Water Quality Stategy 1,4mplement statewide
rto water ma wm m. .
1. Admiaittet1km Ua n t prm program, in coopenion I (DWF) (WMDs) (DEP District
with te WM I d lmher prem, iadmPppot the concept Ofices)
aOf w matnsdB=-aage as at iftegr pan of ecosystem
manaagemeutiabinl s.IAP, WMDs & local govera-
2. Develop and implement sonmwterPLRGs according to / (DWF) Tied., TMDL deit,
schedules preted i District Water Managemaet Pluas. (OWP) All WMD Mdevelopi
(DEP & WMD, Ongoing.) PLRG SW. fr E
3. Assume delegation oftp hal NPDES tonrwaer / (DWF) Efti "a tion
permitti om. (EP, 000).are now be
4. Assist local goyrameals in lihatinr Mritormwater (DWF) DPTp m
utilities and sentalia muma weaer sy3eam. (DEP, maimnom PddircIa available.
WMDs, & local governments, Ongoing.) DEP woris wiA it Slonwater
/ (OWp) S3RtW sB e Iroateqbmaented
Control -,. -w t.--,-_ 317 of pi d 'sh d' ma
cale p gvrT inanaaI
N (SWFWD) ,ll)aing provided for
5. Continue to peat4lpag tdte ColtNoipolet Pollktion / 1995, DEP com-
Contrarpogfran paileiirT yiiiPuertrfleliamei7 of pluta; iiuiidif bfdaral
the Coasrm oe RGM....a .. .....ari 990. appral ofiegnr awaiting
(NOAA, PA. P, DEP, DCA, ilmgnsaim sli OCguL .) app al ofthdme e imn..
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Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Comments
+ "ai~fnt aoC iiaL in press or ongoing littor no progress
Water eGalrMI U! 1 1; Updoe and Mvise r taf
water ftl .
1. AaeNs he *b-t g itate water quality criteria to I (DWF, OEM)
protect d ei d .Ia tbC Everglades Protection Area
and Agricatural Ara watrn. (DEP & SFWMD,
2. Deveop rawri phoph rus criteria for the verglades (DWF, OEM)
Protection Area. 2DMP t SPWMD, by 2003.)
3. Update and revia psot wterality andards through the / (DWF) Standards based on fish
Triennial Rview ao Water Quality Standards. (DEP, consumptio res being re-evaluated
Ongoing.) based on new a rintmation.
4. Reclassiy the Feholoway Rver from Class V to 0au + (DWF) Relasr.fcation approved by
m. (DEP, 199.) the ERC, to become ejctiv in
5. Compile adu waSter guidance concentrations for (DWr) Being orecedualed.
peatcids Cept1i3Pan. (E& EPA, 1998.) ; '
Water Qualty ~abg 1 a: D velop nId implemnt ,
appropriate Psasstt 4c ran eass vulnerable to
ground water oiembleanl devise Strate gies to
provide adilNdal pretecli to the most vulnerable
1. Pursa t to & 57i045, F. in cooaction with DACS, (DWF) Pilot atdy in Plk County to
implement progst tog Ide agricltume-related sitfrati dtrmine nitratw vunerability.
contamination of graoldwer, tdoaugh danced Bert
Management Practice wBEM ) for hrdizer use and dairy
operatiMons. LM A S 1"95 Ongoing.)IM -
2. Develop ant inplmat Mshedis to ddline areas (DWF) Pot studies oagiag to map
vulnerable t co aafnet %&er than agricullaral nltraes. Vlarable aMs
3. Delineate prime o r recharge areas. (WMDs (WM-s ) GsW h s not been
4. Identify poUto ppevtonwm measures tobe il nted (DW) Addio Ioal
in vulareMbl ames. Op, WMDN & local governments, pCba i-a ,AlMr i t e -
Ongoing.) j kideaebd if a il-h r
5. Conduct researAch to demane the causes and biological i (DfFTmalh|putatih Section
effects of increased a1m1racuoaeratioWns in coastal HUgat M.l:
springs. (DEP & SWkW'MD, Ongoig.) i (WpWFW3MPdl U savlmetiBn 319
6. Define areas of grand wfaurfaewata inteSncl ( iDW 'OllM INtg w
through the eap B .....mai modeB and plaa uB B ad implantaon
federal requtaduffHta*lte~a aO ic w rsuppi hat often aiAmeimm the Safe
are aftcted by aofetwiih OurtdeeDirlit ~Sdnce Drikig Wter Act, address the
program). (seP, 1oW7) iaed fr i rave inflation.
Ilement of 1995 Florida Water Plan I Stas Comments
+ gsigniic mt accomplishment / in prores or ongoing little or an plrogre
Water Qualty Strategy 1.7: reduce tlhmpacts of
hunan-nMdued water intrusion or upcoming on
ground walmr qupity. -
1. E lablish inimnm lquifer wter levels pursuant to s. (WMDs) Schedules being updated
373.042(2), P.S., and wchdules in District Water and implemented.
ManaISeent Plans (WM Ongoain.)
2. Reevaluate and mak3 necesasy chans to the consump-
tive use permitting process to assure consistency with (OWF) Al WMDs doing this
WMD needs and snums plans and established minimum pursuant to Goveror's Executive
flows and levels. (WMDs, Ongoing.) Order.
3. Implement the alternative ouce initiatives identified in 4 (WMD)
Water Supply Strategy 4.4. (PEP, WMDs, EPA,Ongoing).
4. Develop strategies and schedule for identiing water
availabiUty of prioty aquiers and surface waters usd f -r (OWP) All WMDs doing this
water supply, and provide this information to Regional pursuant to Governor's Executive
Planning Councils, local governments and water suppliers, Order.
(WMDs, 1995 Ongoing.)
5. Develop management raltegies via the joint DEP/WMD 7 (OWP) Part of Minimum Flows and
work group on saltwater intrusion. This will include Levels Work Group.
involvement by local government and private parties at
appropriate ages in the process. (DEP & WMDs, 1994 -
6. Evaluate the potential for use of reclaimed water to I (DWF) The use of rcaimed water
establish barriers to saltwater intrusion. (DEP, EPA& to create salt water inusion barriers
WMD, 1996, Ongoing.) is being addressed in th ongoing
/ (SWFWMD) Maatee County
Water Quality Strategy 1.8 Reduce the threat of water
contamination from Improper management of solid
and hazardous wastes.
I. Implement recycling and other waste reduction measures + (Waste MgL) Developing better
to achieve ijor reducdon in mercury, cadmium, and lead information Reductions in mercury-
in Florida's municipal solid waste stream. (DEP & local coainiag batries, opening of
governments. Ongoing.) .my rising facilities.
2. Identify, clean-up and close contaminated sites at facilities / (Waste Mgt.) Working with EPA to
which store or dispose of hazardous wastes. (DEP, EPA, improve corrective action program.
local governments and industry, Ongoing.)
3. Through management stand + (Waste Mgt) New requirements
training on best management practices, and technology approved by the ERC in September,
transfer workshops, Csure that construction and demoli- 1996. New legislation in 1996.
tion debris disposal sites in Florida have adequate water
quality monitorin and effective pollution controls. (DEP,
local government a iust, Ongoing.)
4. Through pollution prevCetion initiatives, achieve major + (Waste h*) nSinc 1 i
reductions in ne discham s of regulated liquid contami- Pollution Psvetion Program has
nants. (DEP, local governments & industry, Ongoing.) assisted over 300 businesses.
_ ~I_~ ~~I_~_~ __I~___~___
MU .f t of IM PUlda WSWt Plan Stat.m CrnMsts
+ it~ia Uhin. ?!"po or lmita or310 no progress
5. Wdiflag 01l IB1 gh&Mmf aemplkfts rIresd I (Waste MgL) Groundwork ha been
cldead" at MWtdy fwb uoftuua Comeumpu a lad for this. tW by ammursm ch
add I9Eomvy Ad (A3WaCI d cmUauewd situ. 0DP & as improving dk infibrmndon base.
locid V"006di, P ft) Mw 10% Leklatuse mplacd dw
V- mg I r w *A tkiEt'ck Cleanupcn
Proibomal PPrOograR @larm
Chaptlr It Ndturan Systoms
Natural Syasns lsue 1: P da's ecosystsns ame
Increasingly fWtIftbM by*welarte4I F 4ovilems
associated with rapid population growth and-land
use changes. (p. 53)
Natural SysUi 8 tis.n the authorities,
programs afid l bmtmrete of DEP and the
WMlh to p~* g mO
1. Fiupr dsvin p SM iiliin" Ia flaimmmfadom in 6e (OHM) GWvmw's Carnnisuon for
DOP Easih MfmSfaqy. Wnludin cotb- a kiwi.hwf S"60106% Hills-
Hdmum oii~r~ii meoeef ebPW wa bammammmawrf borooo JCNK E F bftobs.e~k
-w peradming. &Wb* + Y to
met f linear i~ashuatur plat, and nmheall frb sgmdogrdWIIY~b~
fladiUa rmmd odiM uiwwa oN mad0 e CosWysMem Vatcpgtd AWP md EW -gieii s
mamnigma Iraidia vuis be mrf amm. (DEP & WUDS, ig PS Opa mid Wms ift
1995-96.) dammeats. Partites in inter-
agency terns Ox qn1 Um areas
to uproim the Iiha between land
(DWF) Division nospnized to
imuptow ks iqfit AV omducting
S (OVMAll iDDW Offices and
2. Develop unmp* 109) techmito WbnaBufMnh-I
lands owini byf tu adi de W (DEP, IM96.)
I v5A33).rVaatirnnd inwndded
Pmwvotm keft ropds~mo
pp~o~a~Yllbt&Ptlr W 30Q,000
ncm ru uli~i'yUW WMDs, et.
3. Emphasize ecosystem :puMM c m Ie w l wad q (DEP 7 (M) Poem= of stame buffer
I (OWMM All DEP and WMD
I ~ iL~a~lns (OM
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan staItus Commets
+ .sginift I=a=pnmpH /c in pmgress or ongoig little or no progress
4. Con tin DEP/WMD a local government operation on (DMR RI
the Lmr rlver. Bwgidms, Hillborough River, St. (OWP) DEP continues to participate
John Rnir, Weokva River, a0 Apalchiondl Ecosystem with the WMDs in each of these
Mmimnaas A.t Ami hiiahmanm plif. (DP & projects.
5. a lp- A gpaaBBB itbriCOv Tomota River and
Sprte Cnes. (BJRWMD. 1994-1995.)
6. Develop Suraee Water Management Plan for Orange
Cre:ekBasin(SJRWMD A4ior~y Board, 1994 to 1996.)
7. Initiae development of a P e River Ecosystem Manage- 4 (OEM) DEP is coordiating with
meat Area lmplenntaon Plan. (SWFWMD & DEP, SWFWMD SWIM & Charlotte
1996.) Habor NEP
8. Through the existing plan review process, review revisions (DSLJOES) FNAI provides valuable
to local government comprehensive plans to assure inrnadon on sigfiant habitats
adequate consideration for protecting wetlands, and species.
floodplains, and regionally significant habitat (DEP & (OIP) Coordinate DEP's reviews
Wh1 s, Ongoing.) and ensures that these actors are
(OWP) All WMDs doing this.
9. Evaluate and dfctvely utilize innovative land acquisition (DSL/OES) DEP (CARL) is moving
and management stratgis such a joint ino joint acquisition with other
acquisition ml.agenent with local governments, federal agencies and WMDs.
agencies, and the private secr to promote ecosystem (OWP) All DEP District Offices
m ageet (DEP, W Ds, federal agencies, local (OEM) Federal Farm Bi1 finding
government, f others Ongoing.) for & Pht. Itesaontado
& (SJRWMD) USDA pmvided $26
million toward Lake Apopka
Natural Sytn mW Stratgy 1.2: Maintain and enhance
blodiveraity and biologlciE prbductivity.
1. Amiste gionl planninia cails and local goverumnts (DSLAES) FNAI currently
in kiifyilag slmal dM of regional igBmnee remeauhing A a eparing report on
devloping mode omrdaam and tase other tps to igmficant ruuaBiBpg umprotcted
estbish precthd for natal sytes. (DEP & WMDs, nt alt areas
Ongoing.) (DMR) XAisivMrnment on
S (OWP) AU Bpllf t rict Oices
Ecosym Manageme and which
include a compreheansive listing and
mapping of NRRSs and facilities of
(SWFWMD) WMDs have provided
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan SteaS Cmoeats
+ *weMa-t acalaa.* i /ippwoesrgosg Maim leor no promp es
2. Review -local p uanuet mopinrumve plan aB-d- (DjSJCBS) Review
mena ad DII i tar p t b teolJ rearcs a between Ond, DfNALIUNMsteda r
regional.I gni a (DEP & WMDa. Oageiag.) DSP ate ato idiStip tsm asto.
(OWPY All AWDs
3. Promote Ilwarihip programs for habitat conservation. ( R/FMRI)
(DEP, WMDs, GPWFC, DACS/DOF, Ongoing.) I (DMR) National Eaarine Research
Reserve Citid Sppot Orpniza-
S (OQEM)Eight-prty MMUaigaed to
implement the DEP Private Lands
4. Implement reeno atianl of the DEP 1995 Ecosystem / (OWP) All DEP District Offices.
MUanagOment Ip anicrrt.anon Stratog. (DEP, WMDs,
other, On aier tSpLber, 1995.)
Natural Sy ms 8b y 1.: Ihplement ffecttive
water resource and potto control permbttinq.
1. Develop and iniiamnt busin-pecific criteria, tailored to (DWF)
the management needfthe water reources or associated
natural sysmaa.The wi toe acomapliahed in comjuction
with establishment f Ttal Maximam Daily Lomds
(TUDL) and ther acdea sOip pnunstd under Water
Quality Straty 1.4. (DEP & WMDs, Ongobag.)
2. Implement thu aotira Esgviromenial Resource Permit + (BRP) Bba otber 3,1995.
(ElP) system as deaed in law and rales. (DEP & WMDs,
3. Cooperate wfth agFctaiqlitierests to foster land (DMIR) Aquacltbre Permit
stwaedt hipSatrati pnasitdting processes and Sru nling.
incentives fr avoidig lmpeta of agricultural activities on / (DWF)
natural systems (DOEP WAD NRCS, GFWFC & DACS, / (OEM)
Ongoing.) I (QWP)A WMDs
4. Incorporate TMDLs into point source discharge permits. (DEt
5. Continue to pbOiates r- of reclaimed water. (DEP M & (OWP) AU DEP DiatiotSce
WMDs, Ongobta.) M (DWF)DE aVn thW.PM
6. Develop dcftive n meckaw aa to track permitted activities (DWF)
on a watershed basis; evarte the option of issuing
discharge permits on a watershed basis. (DEP & WMDs,
Eleamentof 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Commets
+ slintiFant a Onp .h/ in progress orongoing little or no progress
Nami Spyr teS gy I1: M antain mad, wl
ftmsaulba r r bydrolegic pattern of wnatr-
shide ind aees tems, with parculrw emphasis on
retoeing natural pa rnM of fresh water flow to
emstumnn. am .syts
1. T m n-TlOn d 3t tm Ball a dM ~Prute ratiaracti mandated 7 (DMR/FMRI)
by th Evergladesrever Act of 994. (DEP, SFWMD, & ( F)
USACE, 1995-2004.) / (OEM) Conpeptual Pla approved by
the Governor's Commission on a
2. Continue the Upper St. Jons River restoration projectL (SJRWM) loaten work
(SJRWMD & USACF, amption 1998.) coninuig on schedule
3. Implement the KissinmeeRiver retoration project. (DSnOES) Land acqpsition nearly
(SFWMD & USACE, 1995-2012.) complete.
(Expand this narrative)
4. Coninue SWIM Program efforts to reestablish hydologic (DMRFMR)
connections between mosquito impoundments and the (SJRWMDJOver 18,000 acres have
India River Lagoon estuarine system (SJRWMD, been recoeted to te lagoon.
5. Continue SWIM program efforts related to reducing excess. (DMR) Other disokargs, i.e.
sive ftesh water discharges in the Turkey Creek and St Okecebmba C salos hMthbee R.
Lucie subbains of the Indian River goon estuarine ongoing.
system. (SJRWMD, Meibourne-Tilman Water Coantl I (OWP) Ongoing by SJRWMD and
District, & SFWMD. Onin) SFWMD.
6. Implement prcxtion snategies for the Greeo Swamp, + (OIP) Assisting with interagency
including the "Land Authority." (SWFWMD, SJRWMD & initiativesto implamet specific
Local Governments, Ongoing.) strategies to protect sources of the
+ (OEM) EMA teams are factioning
for the Green Swamp, Wihla-
ooche q kinwaha. Lak& Wales
7. Continue cooperative lts to incorporate restorain of V (O) Ensrs that ese isols are
hydrology and natural sy"sems into the design and emphasizedin all coronation and
onstr ction of new regional transportation fhiides sch c pa~4 saHactivier s oa or
a the Polk County Pakway and Interstate 4 corridor.- ia.sp. oti.suipnit C(se is a
(DEP, WMD., DOT, MPOs, GFWFC, local governments, serqio eltiJqhqer integration of
& others, Ongoing.) thwFTI wid*the .)
I (OEM) Roatg wty emhasize these
issues on a prqject-by-project basis
Element of 1996 Florida Water Plan sttus Comments
+ apificamt accau qi.es L 1 in progre or ongoing little or n progress
8. Eamine the pouarl ir e nded of seclamd water + (DWF) Phase I wrvis ioio Chapter
to create, retoiar amdr emance wedlad systems. (DEP, 62-610 expahddepporuid Ar
EPA & WMDDa 1996, Ongoi &) welan6ds systems to beedimi as
rea se. Discharm to wea n t~
Clams I wae wa allowed in Phase
(SWFWWhD) Section 21 wellfeld
9. Assist RPCs in the frmulatlon of Strategic Regional I (SDMR/FbI
Policy Plan goals police, and strategies for effectively (OIP) Conled with OPB and the
accomplishing, as ap theebbectives of the Florida RPCs to adopt SRPP which reflect
Water Plan. (DEP, WMDD Ongoing.) egioal oa ad watrshed
mmgdintappf taM heto land use
(OWP) Al WMDs assisted.
Natural Systems Saiwgy fta Ensure close coordina-
tion betwein-strl, ssPii M orm gaon banks and
land acqullotion progmn afstate, regional and local
1. Develop atewide renteaa priorit-is, and incorporate i (EP) Statewide GIS mapping of
thew iate extia ma r uo programs, acquisition poietial shap is ~uderway
programs, and location ibaioa banks. (DEP, I (DMBr A )
WMDs, GWFC, ad local governments Ongoing) / Lc. APu*) Wekidag th OIP to
idetify re atia sites in State
2. Develop the South Florida Comprehsive Conservation, (O ERP) dFztnlouy iaRt
Permittin g mtdftiigtiMPlan. (DEP, SFWMD, USACE, part doe WO96 in preparation
EPA, GPWPC a a a i?.)
3. Based on remut of ohe Scth Florida Comprehensive (OWP) Future activity
Conservation Pnma gak Mitigation Plan, review
statewide rMetorUa piridtli mIch as Pollution Recovery
Trust Fund (PRIT) taiw O Ecosystem Managemen and
Restoration TaM iD d)p aG c l ad etand thiPanig
traewga tomewidf (mi WMIDs, 2000.)
Natural Sysemme Sm I liM : AcleiVe imalitanace .
contre'ef imu It ,M &W spadecis...
1. Promofte tu ea;T9 fie p as, a appropriate, for (OWP) Al WPMD
landscaping. (PWIa &A goerainmta, Ongoing.)
2. Deveop a state~ approach for control of (BAPM) 1saeacy approach
invasive exotic plants. ( WMDs, GFWFC, Ongoing.) already exist aquatic plants.
Task fcma is dnlapig reopnnmen-
datios for legisteio to control
upland invasive species.
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Comemts
+ satM Ip M/ inM progress or ongoig liUtl or o progress
3. Contin thet Mealoca Task Force. (SFWMD & DEP, J (ERP) FaLaporrt issued rule
Onoing.) making ua~ea.
+ (BARM) Takt ce continues to
moet and is well. Lack
if fding has been ts greatest
4. Cotine exotic plat control and aquai plant (P)
maintenance progmum. (DEP, WMD, & local (Rc. & Parks) Going oain parks
governments Ongoing.) and buyers.
/ (OWP) All WMDas
5. Reduce the infestation of invasive exotic upland plants by I (EIRP)19L6 gslapa prided
25 percent on state lands. (DEP, 2010) direction to- devlp p aand
report back with legidiaiido
S (Rc. & Parks) Going oninall
/ (DMR) Sateopuufluserves.
6. Bring hydrilla water hyacinth, and water lettuce uner 1 (BAPM Watr hyacibiad water
maintenance control in public water. (DEP, 2000.) lth em aSre udW:e .is imce
control a puic walerL Significant
progress in conlling hydilla, and
if present tMding levels are main
taied, hydil wr l be wander main-
Natural Systems Issue 2: Th establishment of
minimum flows and levels for Florida's water-
course, lakes and aqufeM s essential for water
managers to have a sound basis for determining
and preventing cumulative impacts to water
reouroes and natural systems catu d by water
withdrawal (. 57)
Natural Systs Strategy 2.1: Expedie establishment
of minimum flows and levels for priority wamte
courses, laes and aquers.
1. atie mo lag of streams, lakes and aquiftes to help (OP) Ongoing by all WMDs.
provide information needed to establish minimum fows
and levels. (WMDs, DEP & USGS, Oning.)
2. Cary out esi blihme of mninunm flo anud levels / (OWP) Oagofgby all WMDs.
according to the scrhdlns in Distric Water Managemant D aws at FWMA dpe to other
Plans. (WMDs, Ongoing.) mapio.ro sl, tan. coatreting to
decision up u IP ina 1998.
3. As part of aealishig aininum flows and levels, aeserve (OWP) O aJt l fWMDs.
from use sch quantities f water as are required for the Dlas at SFWMDdi to oia
protection of fish and wildlife or the public health and mar prioriti a g~c buting to
safety (.373.223(3), F.S.). (WMDs, Ongoing.) decision to tupdate DWMPin 1998.
Sfemft t of 199S Florida Water Plan Statos Couaents
+ p afe maplalmprh ent / a in preoga or Ongoing little or o progress
drawl t om RUAC Ai tjiiAaul harm to wtf
resources an lma .ystms..
1. Maittili floms'asn levels tough 7 (OWP) Ongoing by all WMDs.
2. w'a- ncxcess 0, are ennmined to have (OWP) Ongoing by an WMDs.
caused significant hami 0o water mumaces or natul
systems, eek to iminate. rtduc or mitigate the ham by
lumising wIthawals aw requiring restoratiorecovery
action ns.(W c om
Chapter Six: Coordination and
Coordination and Evaluation Issue 1: Public
education on wter resources and public
participation in the water management process s
needed to ense pubic and legislative support for
water management pragroam. (p. 68)
Coordilntion ltautsw 1.1; irove public education
about FloW 'wa' w r
1. Pef m imagHeat. Immmo rreatcrt public (EE) Assesed and reported on DEP
education ebts'reid to water r sources (DEP & internal E~Bhmml ta Edution
WMDs, 1996.) activities i 1995.
(WMD Coimiauod vai atiV
2. Design and impidment a water stwardship program bfr (E10 Creled AW I0Miatte in
Floridians and vistors. (DBP & WMDs, 1997.) 1995. As pjrt daEi~ Evron-
mant C LHIN..b. Camie.n
Coordination Strategy 1.: Improve pubc .-. ... .
participation in Florida's wp.a r miMa nt pm ,0 S.,
1. Conduct stIbeiAde istkblm I mT iamg water (Oa
resource ManaeaeiAn asseasWnW. # Nr#Ag AwS -agin
ronanuntal prlogramstof ..bHlicr invlemt' i U-> ... U*;*' *,* ,t, --.
water resource mnwump boihosclly and satewide.
(DEP & WMD, .19M -ioftoi )
2. Solicit local rbi bUic ptidpr n. inp .n
development and revM~3 dft Florida Waer Pla (DEP
& WMDs, 1995- Oahi.)
3. Develop public Vp|ipdl programs much am wmarhd I ( IABlMiaris Offices
action commifttesM, didae'iwa quality i.,otmiesmirni, 1I 0fWtW 1am
pollution eventeptg, c. (DEP WMDs, Oftglg.)
4. Incorporate public participation in he TMDL process. I t ijb is anrP example of
(DEP, Ongoing.) s chblic ticip n.
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Sttum Comments
+ ignlcmnt anmt.ptlmn... / in progress or onging- li or no progress
Coordinaton and Evaluation issue 2: Coordination
of watprqrlatd programs at a levels of govern-
ment isaeeded to ensure wie use and manage-
ment of Redda'awawsr reource. (. 9)
CoordMnaln tratgy 2.1: Improv internal coordina-
tion between DE waeo td programs.
1. Include qpecc Florida Water Plan strategies in the DEP + (OWP) Water Resou Protection
Agency Strategic PlaI. (DEP, 1995 Ongoing.) has been incorporated as Strategic
Issue I ofthcDP / ASP forFY
1997-2002. This hiElua a specific
commitment to implement the
taegises, action otepo dachedules
2. Provide water m~nagmentbridfings to the DEP Policy J (OWP)
Conadinating Committee. (PEP, Ongoing.)
3. Publish fatre articles on water management in DEP (OWP)
newsldtters and periodicals. (1995-Ongoing.)
4. Conduct seminars, and encourage DEP program partici- I (OWP)
nation in the Annual Florida Water Management Confer-
enc and technical worksabps. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
5. Broaden DEP program participation on the FWPDWMP (OWP) Other elbrts, IIe the Land
Work Group. ( 1995, Ongoing.) & Water Group, ar scessors to the
FWP/DWMP WorI Group.
6. Develop performance indicars to tUack progress of DEP 7 (OWP) DEP and the WMDs worked
efforts to implement the selected action steps specifed in d t dwvelp the pc amac
the Florida Water Plan. (DEP, 1996.) indicators apr in this First
Coordination Stratey 2.2: Secure dedicated and
adequate Alnding for ihplementing DEP reMponr-
bilties related to WMD genial supeivison and state
level water resource planning, policy development,
1. Evaluate and amod the permit fee structure for all DEP (DP) The NPDES pmgram is self-
programs to fuMll the legiltive mandate that such asporting. Other proams are
program be, to the gremlt extent posile, self-sufficient. ass d aual a part of legislative
(DEP, _*ging ) budget review.
2. Work wih the overnor'sOice and the legislature to (OWP) RBeaeBian ofi s ftfithin
secure adequate fmding and staffsupport for implement- DEP.ha pride adequate
ing DEP aponibiiti M lted to WMI general super- resources for this fiction.
vison and Mamewidewaterem ource planning policy
development and management (DEP & Governor's Office,
Element of 199 Florida Water Plan Status Comments
+ iigfism aeen
C:ooa I F' O i6: rove W1 1t0r-
agency coonlign en w r-mlted prognryn=.
1. Where appropriate, impnIemat hmma. of the I (OWP) The main recommendations
Governor's Tak force on Land Use and Water Planning. of the Task Force hae not become
(DEP & WMD, 1996-Ongoing.) statl law but improved coordination
is sB000ooai ag 01 is working
with adlDP.ue ts to improve the
liuakre between land and water
planning ai land management and
2. Coordinate with DCA on iiMons to the State Land (OW) A is r
Development-an. (DCA, DEP, & WMDs, 1995.) to complete a revision ofthe State
Land Developmnnt Plan
3. Coordinate with DOT revisions to the State (OP) Little progress, but OIP plans
Transporation Plan. (EP, 1995.) to assist this ffrt in the future.
4. Coordinate with the Governor' Oflce on revisions to the Noevisonlto the State Compre-
State Comprehensive Plan. (DEP & Governor's Office, hesiveas anm proposed at this
Ongoing) time. However, OIP bas discussed
with OPB the possibility f initiating
efforts to integrate the FWP, FTP,
and SLDP as provided in Section
5. Coordinate with DACS on te Pesticide Review Council derway
and on imnletenting programs to prevent water contami-
nation from agricultural -ch icals. (DEP & DACS,
6. Coordinate with iRS on aIragency Agreements rating (DWF)
to drinkldng wtarapd apdat tank management. (DEP &
HRS [now the Dgwanirt iHtealth], Ongoing.)
7. Through continuation of the Rue Coordinating + f l TZ]4P iDiati g
Committee, coordinate statewide efforts to increa rmse C nu t9 meet
of reclaimed ww (DEP, aP PSC, Ogoi .,)' :
Coordination Sb g, 142A: mprome coordnnalae
between MEP adlM Aro
1. Contudiiiein ui- lmd li rol oe Wo lr ,b (OWP) The B~ncutive Order
Resouree m CotAi amission. (DEP, WMD4 & aablising the WRCC w serepealed
Governors Ofce, Ongoia.) but the oodi ation process is
2. Continue and en mns DP pauticipaion in WMD 7 DEP and the WMDs -i to
Executive Director's meteay. (DEP & WMDs, 1995- perform this function. through other
3. Implement streamlined permitting. (DEP & WMDs, 1996- M (P)B EP became faotive
Ongoing) 10/695; Lik fat BRP & SSL
became effective 10f12/95; Joint
Coasal Perit became effective
10/12/95; Pilot State Programmatic
General Permit became effective
Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Cmm t
+ ignia rma p n in progress or going me or no prre
4. Implmr rtm impwon i the DEP/WMD rule revw / (OWP) Impod rm trackng and
proem (D A WMDa 1996.)
5. Coatine and mehancm e P FWP/DWMP Work Group, with / (OWP) Rule review i i progress.
parw lar emphau ls on idem ing the amount and oures Other taflts, lie the Land & Water
dof pp eaual tmdiag aneded, and developing coensu Planning Wok Gmip, and the
on bow to impl nt the July 20, 1995 rvisios to Chap- -Minim Flow and Levels Work
ter 62-40, P.A.C. (DEP & WMDs, 1996, Ongoing.) Grwup, me s conos to the
FWP/DWMP Wr OGmap.
Coordination Strategy 2.: Improv regional
coordnam on between the DEP, WMID, DCA and
Regional Planning Councils.
1. Conduct regPar executivelevel meetings among DEP, the (NWD) r
WMD, DCA and Regina Planning Councils to evaluate / (OEM) Florida Regionl Councils
and enhance water resource management. (DEP, WMDs, Amssoation is propoing to arrange
& Rec. & Parks,1996-Ogoing.) sch u tings, Aand CA ad OEM
will be participi
2. Establish a regular staff foum among DEP, the WMD, I (DMR) FNAI curaly provides data
DCA, GFWFC, and Regional Planning Councils to and Rc. & Parks maps.
exchange technical information and facilitate tech aI / (NWD) Working toward this at
distance to local governments. (DEP, WMD DCA, District level.
GFWFC & Rec. AParks, 1996-97-Continuing.) A (OIP) Asisting with etablhing
and developing the EAR
consultaton teams to implement
EMIS Straey P4.
3. Provide special emphasis on water resource management (OIP) OIP h recommended to OPB
issues in agency reviews of Strategic Regional Policy and the RPCsthat all Ps adopt
Plans (DEP & WMDs, 1995-Ongoing.) EM and watershed mangenmnt
appsrches consistent with EMIS
d FWP strategic.
4. Develop mechanisms to make possible troutie sharing (ERP) E permit daa share to be
of existing permit and GIS information between DEP, 'sa"iie i al 1996 Pl:
WMDs and Rec. & Parks. (DEP, WbWDs & Rec. & Parks, Consmvatio Plan sing as pilot
Onong.) a GiBdlt asmare
5. Provide opportunities for coaborative involvement and 4 (01P) Availae to identify opportu-
particiption of RPCs in DEP and WMD environmental tim and assist wah comdination
resource management planning and data gathering pro- and impem.tin
ams. (EP, WMDs & Ree. & Parks, 1996 Ongoing.) (Need to design a lead program).
Coordin o Sategy 2.6: prove coordination with
1. Ceate a or strengthen technical assistance and review / (OWP) Al DEP District Offices.
team to work directly with local government planners and I (SWFWMD) NW Hillborough
deciion-makers in ecoqstm management (DEP & land/water linkage study; SW/SR
WMDs, 1996.) Levy County Water Plan
Element of 199 Florida Water Plan Status Com ents
+ sigw t o siiameat in progre or ongoing little or no progress
2. Develop regsulai r o pwprev fng tcaIa al sistace (OWP) Not fully implemented, but a
to local govera on a llw aters maemce um enmant variety of mieneb ~imm ae md to
issues. (EP, WMID0i IRc. & Parkw 1996-97 provide technical auritnel to local
Ongaoi g.) goveraumnet.
> (SWFWND) EBunoamaenta
aM.r.hif wai Hdlbaorough
3. Coordinate widi th Floridto cal Evirometal (OIP)OBtoing
Regulator Asociaion (PLERA) to broader local govern- I
met particpatio in tawido" water resource maane-
ment. (DEP, QO ing.)
Coordination Stratg*,:7: Improvw luerstat and
1. Complete thbebaia auiameni t fr the Apalachi- / (OWP) Several stdy elot have
cola/ChatrtabhooaPlt (ACF) River system. (USACE, beea corned flaal sport
DEP, Goveor' Offie, NWFWMD, Georgia, & hdlidedb ri cackpeton by
Alabama 1996.) December, 1997,
2. Following complio of ACq basin assessment, develop (OWP) The Gornoen of Florida,
an interstate coPapt with *he states of Georgia and Georgia, and Alabama have agreed
Alabama on management of the Aplachicola, Chatta- on the basic aspects of a trstate
booche, and Flint River aq8e. (USAC, DEP, Gover- compact, to be simitted to the state
nor's Ofce, NWFWMD, Georgia & Alabama, Ongoing.) legislatures and Coogrs ir
ratification in 1997, fibiowed by
development of a fomdula Ibr
making water resources of the
3. Continue e at the SimaRnie River Coordinatig (OWP) In press
Council to duevep a c iprulhbu mau n romna plan for
the Suwanaee Rier b e la (SRWMD, USGS, DEP, DCA,
local government t.)
4. ContiuS pwdokilp m iesqapgelopeasionl w7 l- A Fl. national
sonuceselatId i &AWMD.Op, ng.) IMin yR .
5. Continue uoopeka m eastsWh the etatof Georgia on ( ) by SJRWMD.
mamnagamn f tto* St. M Rive. (SJRWMD A utal of
Georgia. goi.) _
6. Maintain cdoss m mthm with the Florida en.sioinal + (SIdD) Evglad
delegation an water emmm heated iswes. (DEP& app ropSala n dt 1995 Water
WMDs, Ongoing) Rqemzww Development Act and
S (O) Th'is is an ongoing arspon-
abity of Congressional APffirs
Liaison. (Need to enhanced
wvn a t clbetween'DEP &
WMog onW Congressionia issues .
Elementalft FIloida Water Plan Statuemu C emm.te
+ M"n'npu sh1 e f in progress or ongoing- littler no progress
7. Ialpsne eary cooadimat in the planning and deusi of I (DMW/FM
fedea actiiies, penwits and fndinng decisioB to emaue (NWy) Rayou Chico maintnance
C-o nicy with s te watOrshed Pmmmat, ecosystem g.
,.-.m s.d waur..Mli ty uzhmnment eorts. IP) Tbb is the primary goal of
(DP, WMDs & USACE Ongoing.) OIP's Slate Clearighouse
8. Codiiumasi tosebmaln and coordinate ate and ilot ie
federal lad permitting programs through the develop- Genral Pal 10/3/95,
mnt of a comprebo iv State Programmatic General pao eqndd to ba.orNE
Penit. (DEP, WMDs & USACE, 1997.) Disict 9/96, negotiations uderway
9. Establish more effective commuication all EPA- + (OWP) New EPAEDBP agreement
delegtaed progm an ad tramline the DEP/EPA work- signu, redefning working
plan development and reporting process. relationhip between the two
Coordination and Evaluation Issue 3: DEP and the
WMDs should measure progress toward meeting
water resource management goals. (p. 72):
Evaluation Strategy 3.1: implement an annual process
to evaluate progrss on ibp saenting the FWP and
District Water Manaowgnt Plan.
1. Prepare annual Status Report o poess toward imple- + (OWP) Aconplished by each WMD
mentation of each District Water Management Plan. in 1995 and 1996
(WMDs & DEP, 1996 Contiing.)
2. Prepare anannual Sta Report on progr on + (OWP) First report in March, 1997.
impimetamion ofFlorida Water Plan. (DEP & WMDs.
Evaluation Strtegy 3.2: Implment a long-tmnn
process for evaluaton and updating the Florida Water
Plan and District Waler Management Plans, including
teeachnarks for asseM inl progress.
1. Prepare operational be s or jointly evaluatig (OWP, OEM) Progres o 1995
program efitivenss. (DEP & WMDs, 1996.) FWP acton mps u u d; Prelimi-
nay perfOmiaObam ed e6alne S
included in Progress sports for FWP
2. Continue development and refnement ofthe Strategic 7 (0gM) Indiatur r individual
Asssmaent of Florida's Environmnt (SAFE) project. Ecotyste Mg Aese are being
(DEP & FSU, 1996 Ongoing.) developed.
3. Continue production ofthe Clman Water Acts. 305(b) 7 (DWF)
Statewide Water Quality Asmemasmt Reports. (DEP, 1995
4. Complete E;osystem Audit and Evaluation Reports. (DEP, I (OEM) Ongoing alot.
Element of 199 FPlorida Water Plan Statn CoM..at
+ 1p*i m auoroi-aH.im. o inan r or aogoui int or o progme
s. Emoh a ieo;nalao -jl P, d WMDw, e Wil be dmon a s lw dte.
Govenr's Cmk h d manl go saur mnd the pbic ts
codu 5s. wo esAm ttl FWP and reunmm
c ,M. p.P ld, 1997. ). C g)
6. Preprm evaluiloaI f ton e tatewide activeneu of WMI be done at later dae.
DEP and WMD Obae. (DP & WMDs at least every
s5 yTe aer 1995).
7. Review Disulat WanP Mlugspena Plans a Iaa eveNy Wi be done at a her date.
Sfivear (WM 1999 Cotinuing.)