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' Department of

R .. Environmental Protection

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building
Lawton Chiles 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard Virginia B. Wetherell
Governor Tallahassee. Florida 32399-3000 Secretary
RECEIVED

To: Florida Water Plan Team JAN 9 7 997
(Listing attached)
Cartton Fields Tallahassee
From: Janet G. Llewellyn, Director Jo1r) vn
Office of Water Policy

Date: January 24, 1997

Subject: February 10 Meeting of Florida Water Plan Team / First Annual Progress
Report on Implementation of the 1995 Florida Water Plan


Much has happened since the Florida Water Plan (FWP) was adopted on December 8, 1995.
For example, the Governor issued an Executive Order emphasizing the need for progress on
establishing minimum flows and levels and in water supply planning. The Commission on a
Sustainable South Florida reached consensus on plans to meet the human and environmental
water management needs of that region. The U.S. EPA and Florida Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) signed an agreement redefining the working relationship
between the two agencies and laying the foundation for a closer state/federal partnership for
solving environmental problems. The Governors of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama agreed on
the basic aspects of an interstate compact for future surface water allocations in the
Apalachicola/ Chattahoochee/Flint River Basin. Many other important, state, regional and
local actions have been taken to implement the FWP and District Water Management Plans
(DWMPs).

The water resource planning process at the regional and state levels has also continued. In
November, 1996, each of the water management districts (WMDs) produced a second annual
progress report on implementation of its November, 1994 DWMP. And now, the DEP is also
taking stock of how well the 1995 FWP is being implemented. This is especially challenging
because the FWP was produced collaboratively by a large "Team," with membership much
beyond DEP and the five WMDs. Some important action steps in the FWP rely on
participation by local governments, regional planning councils, other state agencies, and even
non-governmental parties. While the FWP has no legal authority to compel these participants
to perform the Action Steps in the Plan, it can serve as a catalyst for firmer partnerships and
greater accountability. The same cooperative process that was used to develop the FWP is the
only process that can achieve it's joint implementation by all of those involved.




"Protect, Conserve and Manage Florida's Environment and Natural Resources"


Printed on recycled paper.








Thus, the department is once again soliciting your participation as part of the "Team" that
helped create the 1995 Florida Water Plan. The basic questions are: How well are we doing
in implementing the Plan? What should be done better? Are the plan's directions and
emphases appropriate? What new considerations should be incorporated in future revisions?

Attached for your review and comment is a copy of the January 24, 1997 draft Progress
Report. We have scheduled a meeting of the FWP Team to discuss the draft Report, and to
receive your comments and suggestions. Particulars on the meeting are:

Date: February 10, 1997
Place: DEP Twin Towers Building, Room 609, 2600 Blair Stone Road,
Tallahassee, Florida
Time: 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The meeting agenda is attached. It would be helpful for us to receive at the meeting any
written comments you may have. If you cannot attend, please mail comments to the Office of
Water Policy, Mail Station 46, at the letterhead address, or send via FAX to (904) 922-5380.
We appreciate your continued participation in Florida's efforts to protect and effectively
manage our water resources. We hope to see you on February 10.


Attachments (2)












AGENDA
Florida Water Plan Team
February 10, 1997
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Room 609, Twin Towers Building, 2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida


A. Review water planning schedules.
1.- Florida Water Plan.
2. District Water Management Plans.
B. Review the major accomplishments, shortcomings, future emphasis, performance
measures, and action steps, for each "Area of Responsibility" in the draft 1996
Florida Water Plan Progress Report.
1. General Issues.
2. Water Supply.
3. Flood Protection and Floodplain Management.
4. Water Quality.
5. Natural Systems.
6. Coordination and Evaluation.
C. Discuss participation of Florida Water Plan Team in updating of the 1995 Florida
Water Plan.









Recipients


Office of the Secretary


Pam McVety


Kirby Green


Paul Moses


Office of Ecosystem Management


Janet Llewellyn
Tom Seal
Lou Burney
John Outland
Tom Swihart


Terry Pride
Fred Calder
Don Jensen
Jim Marx
Mark Glisson


James Higman
Chris Person
Ernie Barnett
Pat Fricano


Jim Lewis
Al Culpepper
Jim Stevenson
Lynn Griffin


Division of Water Facilities


Donnie McClaugherty
Phil Coram
Bryan Baker


Jim Stoutamire
Geoff Mansfield
Al Bishop


Mimi Drew
David York
Mary Williams


Richard Drew
Dave Worley


Division of Marine Resources


Ed Conklin


Fritz Wettstein


Anna Marie Hartman


Division of Recreation and Parks

Mark Latch

Division of Waste Management

Linda Frohock

Administrative and Technical Services


Nevin Smith

Office of General Counsel


Perry Odom


Tim Smith Bob Gough Stacey Cowley


Division of State Lands

Pete Mallison

District Offices


Bobby Cooley
Richard Garrity
Ernest Frey
Peggy Highsmith
Carlos Rivero-deAguilar
Vivian Garfein


Charlie Goddard
Kathy Liles
Jan Brewer
Gordon Romeis
Melissa Meeker
Barbara Bess


NW:
SW:
NE:
South:
SE:
Central:














Water Management Districts

NWF: Tyler MacMillan
SJR: Margaret Spontak
SR: Jerry Scarborough Marvin Ra
SF: Frank Duke Yvonne Gs
SWF: Richard Owen Terry John

Governor's Office

Teresa Tinker Paul Carlson

Legislative

Wayne Voigt (Senate Natural Resources)
Joyce Pugh (House Water & Resource Management)
Ray Scott (House Environmental Protection)

FSU

Betsy Purdum

U. ofF.

Richard Hamann Jeff Wade

Department of Community Affairs

Charles Pattison Ben Starrett Ji
Tracy Suber

Department of Transportation

Bob Romig Patricia Wagner

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Chuck Aller Ken Kuhl

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission

Brad Hartman

Regional Planning Councils

Tim Murphey (SFRPC) Charles Blume (A
Wayne Daltry (SWFRPC)


ulston
tiger
son


im Quinn


RPC)


Henry Bittaker


Aaron Dowling (ECFRPC)


stus Whitfield










Regional Water Supply Authorities


Jerry Maxwell (WCRWSA)
Jack Sullivan, (WCRWSA)



Counties


John Wesley White (Sarasota County)
Steve Somerville (Broward County DNRP)
Fred Rapach (Palm Beach County Utlities)
Kari Hebrank (Association of Counties)
Gene Boles (Hillsborough Co. Planning)
Irvin Ketty (Polk County Utilities)
Pickens Talley (Pinellas County Water)


Steven Peffer (Brevard County Nat. Res. Mgmt)
David Lee (Broward County Water Resources Div.)
Robert Obering (Sarasota County Utilities)
John Zimmerman (Manatee Co. Pub. Works)
Lawrence Jennings (Hernando Co. Planning)
Pam Marlowe (Sarasota County Utilities)
Kaye Adams (Hernando Co. Utilities)


Cities


Diane Salz (Fl. League of Cities)
Don Anderson (City of Monticello)
William Brynes (City of Pery)

US Army Corps of Engineers


Jim Peters (City of Tallahassee)
Jack Douglas (City of Apopka)
Marjorie Guillory (City of Tampa)


Terry Rice, District Engineer, Jacksonville District
Robert Griffin, District Engineer, Mobile District
Richard Bonner, Jacksonville District


George Strain, Jacksonville District
Roger Burke, PD-F, Mobile District


United States Geological Survey


John Vecchioli, District Chief, Water Resources Division

Private Parties


Manley Fuller, Florida Wildlife Federation
Eve Armstrong, Florida Audubon
Wendy Nero, Florida Section of AWWA
Gary Williams, Florida Rural Water Association
Tom Dyer, Land Manager, Two Rivers Ranch
Patti McKay, 1000 Friends of Florida
Phil Gornicki, Florida Forestry Association
Parker Keen, CF Industries, Inc.
Shirley Little, Florida Defenders of the Environment
Julie Morris, Sierra Club
Nancy Roen, Florida Power and Light
Nancy Stephens, Florida Chemical Industry Council
J.Ross Wilcox, Florida Power and Light
Vicki Tschinkel, Landers & Parsons, Attorneys


Charles Lee, Florida Audubon
Chuck Littlejohn, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Mary Lou Rajchel, Florida Phosphate Council
Ron Hix, Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group
Jake Varn, Carlton Fields, Attorneys
Steve Fox, Dames and Moore, Inc.
David Powell, Hopping, Boyd, Green & Sams
David Land, Agribusiness Group

Ben Parks, Florida Farm Bureau Federation
Roy Rogers, Arvida/IMB Partners

Bart Bibler, Consultant





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This Progress Report was prepared by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Water Policy, with the indispensable help of the many agencies and individuals on
the "Florida Water Plan Team." This continuing participation and assistance by agencies at
the federal, state, regional and local levels, as well as private interests, is greatly appreciated

For further information about the Florida Water Plan, please call or write the Department, or
the relevant water management district:
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
3900 Commonwealth Blvd
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
(904) 488-0784

Northwest Florida Water Management District
Route 1, Box 3100
Havana, Florida 32333-9700
(904) 539-5999

St Johns River Water Management District
P.O. Box 1429
Palatka, Florida 32178
(904) 329-4500

South Florida Water Management District
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, Florida 33416-4680
(407) 686-8800

Southwest Florida Water Management District
2379 Broad Street (U.S 41 South)
Brooksville, Florida 34609-6899
(904) 796-7211

Suwannee River Water Management District
9225 County Road 49
Live Oak, Florida 32060
(904) 362-1011






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Summary

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," and 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 resource-based "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, first year efforts to implement the Plan have helped in the comprehensive pro-
tection and management of Florida's water resources. During 1996, "some progress" was
made or "significant accomplishment" was achieved on over 90 percent of the Plan's action
steps. Some of the shortcomings in accomplishments are due to scheduling or funding con-
straints. 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 In Implementing Action
Steps of 1995 Florida Water Plan


16% Significant
Accomplishment

7%
Little or No
Progress


77% -
Some
Progress






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Contents




Introduction 1

One: General Issues 3

Two: Water Supply 5

Three: Flood Protection and Floodplain Management 9

Four: Water Quality 12

Five: Natural Systems 17

Six: Coordination and Evaluation 22

Details of Activity-Based Progress 24






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Introduction

Background

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). All of these water plans
include an ongoing process for evaluating progress toward plan implementation and eventual
updating.

The overall goal of the FWP is to ensure long-term sustainability 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.

Relationships of the FWP to Other 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
following commitment:

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 will focus on achieving close 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 Councils, and to encourage consistency between the
FWP and the program activities of DCA, DOT, DACS, and other state and federal agencies.

Purpose and Process for Annual Progress Reports
The Florida Water Plan was adopted on December 8, 1995. The yearly progress reports serve as
"report cards" to inform interested parties about the status of plan implementation, and help
provide agency accountability. 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 plans. Under the process, each WMD conducts an evaluation of its DWMP,





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which is then submitted to DEP each year by November 15 for review and comment. Shortly
thereafter, DEP and the WMDs jointly produce a progress report for the FWP. This document is
the first FWP progress report produced pursuant to that process.

Performance Effectiveness Measures

Evaluating the effectiveness of the Florida Water Plan involves assessing DEP and WMD success
in implementing the strategies, action steps and schedules prescribed in the plan, as well as overall
success in sustaining Florida's water resources. Assessing progress toward implementing FWP
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 overall success in sustaining Florida's water resources will require application of a
variety of "resource-based" measures or indicators, many of which are not yet fully 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 will employ a common set of resource-based
indicators, with additional indicators to be employed as appropriate for the Florida Water Plan or
individual District Water Management Plans.






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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 and action steps which will 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 DEP Ecosystem
Management Implementation
Strategy, promote joint respon-
Strategy, promote joint respon- Overall Progress In Implementing "General
sibility between government and
Issue" Action Steps of 1995 Florida Water
the private sector for sustaining Plan
Florida's water resources. High-
lights of these broad-reaching
efforts included the following:

Major Accomplishments significant
Significant
Establishment of 34 manage- Accomplishment
ment teams for Ecosystem
Management Areas around
the state.
Continued support for
Governor Chiles'
Some
Commission for a Sustainable o
Progress
South Florida and their
successful attempt to reach
consensus on major elements
of that region's future.
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 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., with revisions
to become effective January 7, 1997.
Initiatives by WMDs to improve local government outreach programs, including efforts to
improve technical assistance to local governments, provide more effective review and com-
ment on water related aspects of local comprehensive plan EARs (Evaluation and Appraisal
Reports), provide financial assistance for local water supply development projects, and advise
local governments on strategies to maximize effective use of local water sources.
Signing of an eight-party Memorandum of Understanding (DEP, DACS, GFWFC, and the
five WMDs) to implement the DEP Private Lands Initiative, which is designed to coordinate





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public and private management activities in identified ecosystems. Initial efforts include two
pilot projects between public and private land managers.
DEP launching of an Environmental Citizenship Campaign, designed to help instill a sense of
shared responsibility and an environmental ethic in Florida's population.
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,
Suwannee, Hillsborough, and Peace River Basins.
Rapid expansion at SWFWMD of their "Comprehensive Surface Water Initiative" to more
basins in the District.
As an expansion of the DEP "Greenline Concept," increased DEP collaborative efforts with
local governments to protect the groundwater and spring systems associated with the
Wakulla, Wekiva, Ichetucknee, and Silver Springs State Parks.
DEP reorganization of its groundwater and surface water programs to provide better capa-
bility for comprehensive, 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 and others to apply adaptive man-
agement techniques toward restoration of the Kissimmee River/Florida Everglades/Florida
Bay 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.

Shortcomings

*Although at least some progress was made toward implementing all action steps applicable to
the General Issues Chapter of the FWP, a notable area of weakness is that the state still does
not have integrated land and water planning.

Future Emphasis

It is anticipated that, within DEP and WMD funding limitations, efforts to address the general
issues, strategies and action steps prescribed in Chapter One of the 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 planning. Within the
DEP Ecosystem Management Initiative, special emphasis will be placed on: 1) seeking opportu-
nities for continued stewardship on private lands; 2) developing incentives for participation in the
DEP Private Lands Initiative; and 3) establishing a process for developing annual progress reports
for individual Ecosystem Management Areas.






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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 meeting Florida's water supply needs, no major statewide legislation was
enacted during the 1995-96 legislative session. During 1996, DEP and the WMDs intensified
their water supply related
efforts. Highlights of 1996 Overall Progress In Implementing "Water
efforts include the following: Supply" Action Steps of 1995 Florida Water

Major Accomplishments Plan
* Final approval of the Significant
amendments to the DEP 31% Accomplishment
Water Policy Rule, provid-
ing better guidance to DEP 2%
and the WMDs on various 2ie or
water.supply issues. Little or No
SWFWMD continued
efforts to put into place the
Southern Water Use
Caution Area (SWUCA) 6
Rule to protect ground Some
water resources in the Progress
southern Tampa Bay
Region and to promote
more equitable allocation of limited ground water among competing interests. Administrative
challenges to the SWUCA Rule took up much of 1996.
SWFWMD continued implementation of the results of their Northern Tampa Bay studies, in
efforts to reverse overwithdrawals of groundwater in the area.
Governor Chiles' issuance of Executive Order Number 96-297, directing DEP and the
WMDs to develop comprehensive regional water supply planning initiatives for each district.
Active participation by DEP and the WMDs in Governor Chiles' Executive Order 96-297
Water Supply Planning Work Group.
Active participation by DEP with other interested parties in the SFWMD working group for
developing the Lower East Coast Regional Water Supply Plan.
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.






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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.
The SRWMD implemented a voluntary agricultural water use reporting system and is
considering alternative means of 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-
lature.
The DEP completed the Phase I revisions to Chapter 62-610, F.A.C., dealing with reuse of
wastewater.
Beginning implementation of 1996 amendments to the National Safe Drinking Water Act,
thereby improving DEP ability to ensure the quality and safety of public water supplies.
Continued efforts by DEP and the WMDs to attain the DEP statewide goal of 40 percent
reuse of reclaimed water by the year 2005.
Shortcomings

* Water Supply Strategy 4.4/Action Step 5, which pertains to placing appropriate requirements
for reuse in consumptive use permits, has not been implemented fully. Cost allocation
continues to be a difficult issue to resolve in individual cases.

Future Emphasis

It is anticipated that DEP and the WMDs will be increasingly involved in water supply issues for
the foreseeable future. Within funding constraints, DEP and the WMDs will continue to imple-
ment Executive Order 96-297 and water supply strategies prescribed in the Florida Water Plan
and the DWMPs.

Performance Measures for Water Supply

Resource-based performance measures for water supply are being developed jointly by DEP and
the five water management districts. Those selected for common application in both the Florida
Water Plan and District Water Management Plans include: 1) Per Capita Public Water Supply
Use; 2) Percentage of Domestic Wastewater Reused; 3) Percentage of State with Prime Recharge
Areas Delineated; and 4) Number of Local Governments with Wellhead Protection Programs.
These are shown on the following figures.






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Per Capita Public Water Supply Use

200 1 163 6 181 173 177 180 171

S1 9199

100 ?

50

0
1950 1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1987 1989 1990 1995 2000


Source: Morella, Richard L., "Water Use Data by Category, County, and Water Management District in
Florida, 1950-1990," USGS, Open-File Report 94-251, p. 13. 1995.





Percentage of Domestic Wastewater Flow Reused in 1995 and
Reuse Goals to 2020


25.1


I


1995 2000


27.4


-I--


2020


2005


2010


2015


Source: DEP and WMD Reuse Reports


Percentage of State With Prime Recharge Areas Delineated


100

80

60-
40-
20 -
0-


(None of
State)


1995


2000


Source: Water Management Districts


I






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Number of Local Governments with Wellhead Protection Programs
(1995)

116


SFWMD


0

SWFWMD


BRWMD


NWFWMD SJRWMD


Source: SFWMD, SRWMD, other information pending. (This indicator tabulates only whether programs
exist and does not indicate whether the local program is adequate.)


150 -
IS-

100-

50-

0-


0


-






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Three: Flood Protection and Floodplain Management



During 1996, DEP and the WMDs continued to focus efforts on implementing the flood pro-
tection and floodplain management provisions of the DEP Water Policy Rule (Sections 62-40.450
and 62-40.458, F.A.C.), and the specific action steps contained in the 1995 FWP.

Major Accomplishments
Continuing initiatives by the
WMDs to clarify WMD and Overall Progress In Implementing "Flood
local government responsi- Protection" Action Steps of 1995 Florida
abilities for flood protection, Water Plan
and to jointly develop long-
term solutions to existing
flooding problems. Two 14%
districts (SWFWMD and Significant
SJRWMD) are developing Accomplishment
"position papers" on the
division of flood protection re-
sponsibilities in their regions.
Active participation by DEP
and the WMDs in the DCA
statewide emergency prepar- Some
Some
edness program to ensure co- Progress
ordinated responses to flood
emergencies.
Continuing DEP and WMD
technical assistance to regional planning councils and local governments regarding identifi-
cation of flood prone areas, and incorporation of such information into regional and local
growth management programs.
Continuing 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.
Shortcomings
At least some progress was made toward implementing all action steps applicable to the
Flood Protection and Floodplain Management Chapter of the FWP.






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Future Emphasis

It is anticipated that for the foreseeable future, DEP and the WMDs will continue the current level
of effort to address flood protection and floodplain management issues. No change in strategy is
anticipated.

Performance Measures for Flood Protection and Floodplain Management

Resource-based performance measures for flood protection and floodplain management are being
developed jointly by DEP and the five water management districts. Those selected for common
application in both the Florida Water Plan and District Water Management Plans include: 1)
Number of Local Governments with Stormwater Utilities; 2) Number of Acres of Floodplain
(100-year) in Public Ownership; and 3) Number of acres of Floodplain (100-year) Developed
above a density of (??). These are shown in the following figures.





Number of Local Governments with Stormwater Utilities
100 .0


so50


0 -


1992


1996


2000


Source: Florida Association of Stormwater Utilities


Number of Acres of Floodplain (100-Year)
in WMD Ownership (x 1,000)


NWFWMD SJRWMD


SFWMD


Source: SRWMD, SJRWMD, other data pending


750-

500

250-


0o- I


SWFWMD


SRWMD


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Number of Acres of Floodplain (100-Year) Developed Above a
Density of (??)


(Under Deveopment)


Source:


1970 1986 1988 1 994 1996 1998 2000
1970 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000






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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 sources of pollution. Because of this continuing threat, the Florida Water Plan empha-
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 Overall Progress In Implementing "Water
improvements and program Quality" Action Steps of 1995 Florida Water
coordination. Highlights of Plan
1996 efforts include the
following:
17% Significant
Major Accomplishments Accomplishment
Implementation of 1996
amendments to the 1 11%
National Safe Drinking Little or No
Water Act, providing im- Progress
proved DEP capability to
ensure the quality and
safety of public water 72%
supplies. Some
Progress
DEP development of Progress
biocriteria for assessing
the health of Florida
streams.
Continued development and refinement of State Water Quality Assessment ("305(b)
Reports"), including incorporation of stream biocriteria.
Establishment of an ongoing public information service by DEP District Offices to publish
and distribute easy to understand "Ecosummaries" of overall water quality and ecological
health of individual water bodies.
DEP/WMD completion of a ten-year effort to produce statewide "DRASTIC" maps
delineating areas that are generally vulnerable to ground water contamination.
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.






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* Coordination established between WMD efforts to develop stormwater Pollutant Load
Reduction Goals (PLRGs) and DEP efforts on development of Total Maximum Daily Loads
(TMDLs).
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.
Signing of an EPA/DEP agreement, redefining the working relationship between the two
agencies, and laying the foundation for a closer state/federal partnership for solving environ-
mental problems.
Shortcomings

Water Quality Strategy 1.2/Action Step 1, which seeks to secure a specific, continuing fund-
ing source for the statewide SWIM program, has not been successful. While funding was
received to continue SWIM programs for 1996-97, longer term continuation of these
programs is still in jeopardy.

Future Emphasis
It is anticipated that the ongoing DEP and WMD water quality program activities will continue at
the current level of effort for the foreseeable future, with no major shifts in strategy. Topics of
special concern for 1997 include: (1) continued DEP/WMD Florida Aquifer Vulnerability Analy-
ses (FAVA) mapping efforts to produce more detailed maps of aquifer vulnerability that are useful
for site suitability analysis and planning purposes; (2) clarification of strategies and protocols for
DEP/WMD development of Pollutant Load Reduction Goals (PLRGs) and Total Maximum Daily
Loads (TMDLs); (3) development ofbiocriteria for assessing the health of Florida lakes, to be
completed by July 1997, initiate workplan and funding for wetlands and estuaries and prioritize
application of biocriteria; (4) development of guidance concentrations for pesticides (Water
Quality Strategy 1.5/Action Step 5.) and (5) securing resources needed to increase compliance
inspections at discharging facilities to the level of service required by rule.

Performance Measures for Water Quality

Resource-based performance measures for water quality are being developed jointly by DEP and
the five water management districts. Those selected for common application in both the Florida
Water Plan and District Water Management Plans include: 1) Percentage of Water Body Reaches
Fully Attaining Designated Use; 2) Number of SWIM Waterbodies with Approved Pollutant Load
Reduction Goals; 3) Cumulative Known Free-Flowing Wells Plugged; 4) Percentage of Public
Water Systems Not in Compliance with Drinking Water Standards; 5) Percentage of Ambient
Wells Demonstrating Degradation of Water Quality; 6) Percentage of Monitoring Wells at
Permitted Facilities Exceeding Ground Water Quality Standards; and 7) Percentage of "VISA"
(Very Intensive Study Areas) Wells Exceeding the "Level of Concern". These are shown in the
following figures.






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1996 Water Quality Use Support for Florida Waters


4 49


Lakes


Fully
?7 Partially
O 0 Not Supporting
6 - --


Estuaries


1998


Source: FDEP 1996 State Water Quality Assessment ("305(b) Report")


Number of SWIM Waterbodies with Approved Pollutant Load
Reduction Goals (1996)


(Lake Okeechobee)


.4


NWFWMD


SJRWMD


SFWMD


SWFWMD


SRWMD


Source:


Cumulative Known Free-Flowing Artesian Wells Plugged
12000
10000
8000 usWFWMD
6000 DSFWMD
U SJRWMD
4000
4000 NWFWMD
2000


1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996

Source: Water management districts.


75-

' 50-

- 25-
^ 2


Rivers






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Percentage of Public Water Systems Not in Compliance with
Drinking Water Standards


(Under Development)


1984 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000


Percentage of Ambient Wells Demonstrating Degradation of
Water Quality


(Under Development)


.1 I


1988


1990


1992


1994


1996


1998


2000


Percentage of Monitoring Wells at Permitted Facilties
Exceeding G. W. Quality Standards



(Under Development)


.1I I I I i I


1986


1988


1990


1992


1994


1996


1998


2000


Source:


10-r


Source:


Source:






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Percentage of "VISA" (Very Intensive Study Areas) Wells

10 Exceeding the "Level of Concern"


(Under Development)
5--



0 I I I I I I I
1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000

Source:






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Five: Natural Systems



During 1996, DEP and the WMDs took major strides toward using existing authorities, programs
and expertise to promote ecosystem management. Emphasis of DEP and WMD natural systems
strategies pursuant to the Florida Water Plan and District Water Management Plans has been on
providing better integration of existing water resource protection and management programs
within a comprehensive, state-
wide ecosystem management Overall Progress In Implementing "Natural
framework. Highlights of DEP Systems" Action Steps of 1995 Florida
and WMD natural systems Water Plan
efforts include the following: .


Major Accomplishments


10% Accompllshment
Accomplishment
10%


" Reallocation of DEP staff, 2%
funding and other resources Little or No
Progress
to support ecosystem man-Progress
agement initiatives in prior-
ity areas, including the
Governor's Commission for
a Sustainable South Florida,
Hillsborough River Basin, 88%
CF Industries project, and Some
the Everglades Restoration Progress
Project.
* Establishment of 34 inter-
governmental/private sector management teams for Ecosystem Management Areas around
the state.
* Approval by the Governor's Commission on a Sustainable South Florida of a Conceptual
Plan for Everglades restoration.
* Reorganization of the DEP Division of Water Facilities to provide better DEP capability for
basin-wide assessments of water quality and overall health of waterbodies.
* Continued implementation of the statewide Surface Water Improvement and Management
(SWIM) program, designed to protect and restore waterbodies of regional or statewide sig-
nificance.
* Completion by the SFWMD of the study phase for all elements of the Kissimmee River
Restoration project, moving it completely into design and construction.
* 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
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Compliance by SWFWMD with the issuance by the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory
Commission of an 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.
Establishment of a DEP/WMD working group on minimum 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 WMDs to establish minimum flows and
levels for priority aquifers and surface waters according to schedules presented in DWMPs.
The importance of these efforts as a basis for preventing overwithdrawals from causing sig-
nificant harm 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.
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.
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
Parks.
Signing of an eight-party Memorandum of Understanding (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 other participants with funding from Preservation 2000; resulting in an additional
200,000 acres protected.
Shortcomings

Natural System Strategy 1.5/Action Step 3, which seeks statewide application of strategies
resulting from the South Florida Comprehensive Conservation, Permitting, and Mitigation
Plan, must await completion of that project (year 2000).

Future Emphasis

Ensuring the long-term sustainability of Florida's water resources and associated natural systems
is a basic tenant of the Florida Water Plan and the District Water Management Plans. It is antici-
pated that DEP and WMD program efforts directed toward this end will be maintained or
increased, with no major shifts in strategy for the foreseeable future.

Performance Measures for Natural Systems

Resource-based performance measures for natural systems are being developed jointly by DEP
and the five water management districts. Those selected for common application in both the
Florida Water Plan and District Water Management Plans include: 1) Number of Million Acres in
Managed Conservation Areas; 2) Number of Acres Owned by DEP and WMDs Restored to





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Resource Conservation Purposes; 3) Percent of Waters Surveyed Which Contain Exotic Plants; 4)
Number of Lakes and Streams with Established Minimum Flows and Levels; 5) Areal Extent of
Groundwater Resources with Established Minimum Levels (xl000 Acres); and 6) Percentage of
Established Minimum Flows and Levels Being Maintained on an Annual Average Basis. These
are shown in the following figures.






Number of Million Acres in Managed Conservation Areas in
Florda (Excluding Submerged Lands and Military Bases)


1996


2000


Source: DEP, Division of State Lands


Number of Acres Owned by DEP and WMDs Restored to
Resource Conservation Purposes


5000
4000
3000
2000
1000
0


*DEP
* SWFWMD
OSRWMD
DSFWMD
M SJRWMD
*NWFWMD


Source: SRWMD, other data pending.


1995 1996 2000






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Percent of Waters Surveyed Which Contain Exotic Plants


100 -
80-
60-
40-
20-
0-


I


I


1983 1984 1985 1986 1990 1992

Source: FDEP, Bureau of Aquatic Plant Management, 1992 Florida Aquatic Plant Survey Report.


Number of Streams with Established Minimum Flows and Levels


NWFWMD SJRWMD


SFWMD


SWFWMD


SRWMD


Source: SJRWMD, other data pending.


Number of Lakes with Established Minimum Flows and Levels


400-

300

200 -

100

0-


NWFWMD


SJRWMD


SFWMD


SWFWMD SRWMD


Source: SJRWMD, SWFWMD, other data pending.





I M


I






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Percentage of Priority Surface Water Bodies with Established
Minimum Flows and Levels



(Under Development)


2000


2005


1995


Areal Extent of Groundwater Resources with Established
Minimum Levels (x 1,000 Acres)



(Under Development) ?


1990


1995


2000


1986


Percentage of Established Minimum Flows and Levels
(Surface and Ground Water Resources) Being Maintained on
Annual Average Basis


(Under Development)


2000


1995


100 -

80 -
60 -
40-
20-
0


Source:


100 1
80


Source:


100-
80 -
s-
60 -
40
20 -
0-


Source:


1 I












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Six: Coordination and Evaluation


During 1996, DEP moved ahead with its efforts to refine existing program coordination mecha-
nisms to better support comprehensive ecosystem and watershed management approaches. The
basic thrust of these efforts was to provide better integration and mutual support between DEP
and WMD programs, within the
context of theFlorida Water Plan Overall Progress In Implementing Action
and the DEP Ecosystem Manage-
and the DEP Ecosystem Manage- Steps of 1995 Florida Water Plan
ment Implementation Strategy.
Highlights of 1996 efforts include
the following: Sianifinant


10% Accomplishment
Accomplishment


Major Accomplishments


* Incorporation of water re- 15%
source protection as Strategic Little or No
Issue I of the DEP Agency Progress
Strategic Plan, providing
linkage to the DEP process
for budgeting and allocation
of agency resources. 75%
* Reorganization of the federal Some
coordination and plan review Progress
functions of the DEP Office
of Intergovernmental Pro-
grams (OIP) into geographic
regions to promote improved plan integration and linkages at all levels.
* Establishment of an interagency Land and Water Planning Work Group (DEP, DCA, the five
WMDs, DACS, GFWFC, Florida League of Cities, and Florida Association of Counties) to
help integrate land and water planning and management in Florida.
* Reorganization of the DEP Division of Water Facilities to provide better capability for com-
prehensive, basin-wide assessments of water quality and ecosystem health.
* Department-wide initiatives to implement the DEP Ecosystem Management Implementation
Strategy.
* DEP launching of an Environmental Citizenship campaign, designed to help instill a sense of
shared responsibility and an environmental ethic in Florida's population.
* Implementation of streamlined environmental permitting (ERP).
* Agreement by the Governors of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama on basic aspects of an inter-
state compact for future surface water allocations in the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee/ Flint
River Basin.






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*Signing of an EPA/DEP agreement redefining the working relationship between the two
agencies, and laying the foundation for a closer state/federal partnership in solving environ-
mental problems.
Shortcomings
* Coordination Strategy 1.1/Action Step 1, which seeks to perform an inventory/assessment of
current public education efforts related to water resources, has not been fully implemented.
Coordination Strategy 1.2/Action Step 1, which seeks to conduct statewide seminars and
public meetings on water resource issues, ecosystem management, and other environmental
programs to encourage public involvement in water resource management has not been initi-
ated. However, individual WMDs have taken initiatives regionally.
Coordination Strategy 2.1/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 and 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 have not been very successful, but further initiatives by DEP
are anticipated.
Coordination Strategy 2.3/Action Step 4, which calls for coordination with the Governor's
office on revisions to the State Comprehensive Plan are on hold, since no revisions to the
State Comprehensive Plan are proposed at this time.
Evaluation Strategy 3.2/Action Steps 5, 6, and 7, which pertain to five-year assessments of
DEP and WMD strategies and future revision of the FWP and DWMPs, must await results of
the process (1999-2000).
Future Emphasis
Coordination will continue to be a critical aspect of implementing the FWP, District Water Man-
agement Plans and the DEP Ecosystem Management Implementation Strategy. Aspects needing
emphasis in 1997 include integration of the Florida Water Plan with other growth management
efforts; improving communication and technical assistance to local governments; and improving
DEP/WMD coordination on Congressional matters.





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Details of Activity-Based Progress

This First Annual Progress Report focuses on short-term, activity based measures. The measures
applied to each selected Action Step were: 1) significant progress, 2) in progress, and 3) little or
no accomplishment. Overall results of the 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.

[Please note also that this review draft of the Progress Report includes, in the "comment" column,
a listing of the individual responsible part of DEP that made a comment and/or is responsible for
accomplishing individual action steps. This organizational identification may not be included in
the final draft.] The key acronyms for the organizations within DEP are as follows:
DMR Division of Marine Resources
ERP Division of Environmental Resource Permitting
DSL Division of State Lands
DWF Division of Water Facilities
FMRI Florida Marine Research Institute
OEM Office of Ecosystem Management
OIP Office of Intergovernmental Programs
OWP Office of Water Policy
Other acronyms from water management practice are also used in the table, including the
following:
DRI Development of Regional Impact
DWMP District Water Management Plan
EMA Ecosystem Management Area
EMIS Ecosystem Management Implementation Strategy (of DEP)
FKNMS Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
FWP Florida Water Plan
GFWFC Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
NEP National Estuary Program
NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly Soil Conservation
Service, part of the U. S. Department of Agriculture)
NRRS Natural Resources of Regional Significance (part of a Regional Planning
Council's Plan)
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






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Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Comments

+ significant accomplishment. / in progress little or no accomplishment

Chapter One: General Issues (p. 13)

General Issue 1: There are inadequate links be-
tween land and water planning, and between plan-
ning and program implementation, causing pro-
gram conflicts and inefficiencies. (p. 14)
General Issue Strategy 1.1: Improve the linkages
between land and water planning, and between plan-
ning and implementation programs.
1. Seek to fully integrate the Florida Water Plan with the / (OIP) Initiated efforts to improve the
Florida Land Development Plan, Florida Transportation linkage between the three plans.
Plan, and the DEP Ecosystem Management Initiative. / (OWP) Establishment of an inter-
(DEP, 1995 Ongoing.) agency Land and Water Planning
Work Group.
2. Continue to provide technical and/or financial assistance I (DMR/FMRI) as requested.
for Local Comprehensive Plans and Strategic Regional I OIP provides ongoing assistance
Policy Plans. (DEP, WMDs, DCA, Rec. & Parks, & with this effort.
GFWFC, Ongoing.) / WMD implementation of Integrated
Plan components of DWMPs
3. Assess DEP and WMD programs to identify opportunities I (ERP) Examples are the Bird Drive
for increasing coordination between planning and imple- Special Area Managenient Plan and
mentation functions, with special emphasis on integrating the Saddle Creek Project.
ecosystem management and watershed management I (OEM) Progress made at the Eco-
approaches into agency programs. (DEP & WMDs, 1996.) system Management Area level.
+ (OIP) Reorganized federal coordi-
nation and plan review functions
into geographic regions. All reviews
stress the need for Ecosystem Man-
agement/Watershed Management
approaches and reference applicable
FWP strategies.






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Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Comments

+ significant accomplishment. I in progress little or no accomplishment

General Issue 2: Government, the private sector,
and the general public frequently do not take
shared responsibility for sustaining Florida's water
resources, thereby hindering the effectiveness of
water management efforts. (p. 14)
General Issue Strategy 2.1: Promote joint responsi-
bility for sustaining water resources.
1. Through existing programs, assist Regional Planning ( (OIP) OIP references relevant FWP
Councils, local governments and the private sector in strategies in all project reviews and,
planning and management of water resources and related in particular, has stressed that all
natural systems. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) SRPPs should adopt an Eco-
system/Watershed Mgt. approach to
local comp. plans.
(DMR/FMRI) Esp. with Rec. &
Parks and Agency on Bay Mgmt.,
Area Committee plan development
for oil spills.
(DMR/SEAS) Lack of joint respon-
sibility for protecting shellfish
waters.
(OWP) A broad range of related
S initiatives are ongoing at each of the
DEP District Offices.
(OWP) (WMD)Reviews of SRPPs
/ and technical assistance by WMDs;
partnerships between WMDs and
local governments to implement
integrated plans.
2. Assess internal and external environmental education pro- I (DMR/SEAS) Marine resource
grams to identify strengths, weaknesses and recommended survey of public opinion &
improvements for greater effectiveness and coordination, employees.
with particular emphasis on incorporation of water and + (OEM)
ecosystem management concepts. (DEP & WMDs, 1996 i (Env. Educ.) Participated in State
Continuing.) Committee on Environmental
Education (SCENE) review of
statewide env. education activities.






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Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Comments

+ significant accomplishment. I in progress little or no accomplishment
3. Work to develop a shared ethic of environmental steward- / (DMR/FMRI) Continues to expand
ship and involvement with the private sector and outreach with open house, boater's
individuals of Florida as part of ecosystem management guides, and enhanced coordination
initiatives. (DEP & WMDs, 1995 Continuing.) with DEP.
S (DMR/BCAMA) Marine resource
outreach.
(OWP) Each DEP District Office has
Ecosystem Management Area teams
working toward this.
(OEM) Eight-party MOU signed to
implement the DEP Private Lands
Initiative. Environmental
Citizenship campaign has been
launched.


General Issue 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
systems. (p. 15)
General Issue Strategy 3.1: Promote and implement
watershed and ecosystem approaches. The depart-
ment and the water management districts will target
ecosystems for priority attention and support en-
hancement and integration of existing efforts such as
the SWIM and National Estuarv Proarams.


1. Provide leadership in implementing ecosystem manage- / (OEM) Finalist for Council of State
ment principles. (DEP, Ongoing.) Governments and Kennedy School.
2. Create and improve ecosystem management partnerships + (OWP) All DEP District Offices are
with public and private entities. (DEP, Ongoing.) actively working to achieve this.
/ (DMR/BCAMA) Charlotte Harbor
Aquatic Preserves.
+ (OEM) 34 Place-based teams are in
operation.
3. Implement provisions of the Everglades Forever Act. I (OEM)
(SFWMD & DEP, Ongoing.)
4. Expand geographically based management and planning + (OEM) 34 Place-based teams are in
by establishing management teams for selected additional operation.
ecosystems and developing ecosystem area implementation (OIP) Reorganized geographically
strategies. (DEP, WMDs, Local Governments & Others, and uses a team approach to conduct
1998, Ongoing.) place-based reviews.
5. Develop more effective methodologies to delineate three- / (DWF) Fenholloway River study
dimensional watersheds addressing the interface between completed. Bureau of Water Re-
ground water and surface water. (DEP, 1997.) source Protection conducting as-
sessment of St. Marks River Basin
incorporating surface water, ground
water, and biological interaction.






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Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Comments

+ significant accomplishment. / in progress little or no accomplishment
6. Develop effective mechanisms to track permits and assess i (ERP) Map Expert to be used for
impacts of permitted activities on a watershed basis. (DEP, basic permit location. ERP permit
& WMDs, Ongoing.) data share on line Fall 1996.
f (DMR) Marine resource scientific
collecting permit program.
S (DEP District Offices)
4 (DWF) Surface water discharge
points located using GPS technology.
7. In coordination with the WMDs, and in accordance with (DWF) Prepared priority listing in
the DEP/EPA work plan, implement the Total Maximum coordination with the WMDs;
Daily Load (TMDL) concept for priority watersheds (DEP currently developing strategies to
& WMDs, Ongoing.) implement program to develop
TMDLs with the WMDs.
8. Provide permit review staff with access to GIS tools i (ERP) Fully computerized in fall
necessary to evaluate permit applications on a watershed 1996, ongoing; pilot permit
basis. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) application being developed in
Caloosahatchee in coordination with
WMD and Federal agencies.
(DMR/BAPM) staff with ARCVIEW
i (OWP) All DEP District Offices
have initiated programs to achieve
this.
i (OWP) SJRWMD development of a
simple, user-friendly GIS tool to
assist with plan and pernrit reviews.
9. Implement ecosystem management in six demonstration i (OEM)
areas: Suwannee River, Everglades, Hillsborough River,
St. Johns River, Wekiva River, and Apalachicola River
and Bay. (DEP, WMDs, Local Governments & Others,
Ongoing.)
10. Maintain and support the statewide SWIM program (see + Received 1996 Legislative funding.
Water Quality Strategy 1.2). Continued funding is problematic.
11. Through participation in the Technical Advisory Commit- i (DMR/FMRI) Technical support to
tees, Management Committees, and Policy Committees, all National Estuarine Programs,
support and build upon the National Estuary Pro- Management Committee for
gram/Comprehensive Conservation and Management Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay.
Plans for Tampa Bay, Indian River Lagoon, Sarasota Bay, i (DMR)
and Charlotte Harbor. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing). i (OEM)
General Issue Strategy 3.2: Improve land acquisition
and land management programs to enhance protec-
tion and management of water resources on a
watershed or ecosystem basis.
1. Evaluate the reciprocal impacts of activities on public and (OEM) Two pilot projects between
private properties in identified ecosystems. Coordinate i public and private land managers are
management activities in identified ecosystems through underway.
voluntary partnerships with private property owners and
public managers. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)






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Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Comments

+ significant accomplishment. I in progress little or no accomplishment
2. Expand application of the "Greenline Concept," a manage- / (DSL/OES) "Core" and "Buffer"
ment strategy in which DEP delineates an area of concern areas identified for acquisition
adjacent to a state park, and seeks to encourage compatible projects.
land management within that area. (DEP & WMDs, I (DMR/BCAMA) state buffer
Ongoing.) preserve program provides upland
protection for aquatic preserves.
+ (OEM) Several initiatives underway,
with focus on parks with springs:
Wakulla, Wekiva, Ichetucknee, and
Silver Springs.
+ (OIP) uses Greenline maps for
determining whether to consult with
DRP on project reviews.
3. Develop a statewide natural resource atlas of existing I (Rec. & Parks) Mapping of publicly
public and private conservation lands and land interests managed lands and conservation
(e.g. easements) and additional lands and waters that will easements underway.
contribute to the long-term biological diversity, water (DSL/OES) FNAI currently has a
supply, water quality, floodplain protection, and integrity statewide map showing many of
of natural ecosystems in Florida. (DEP, WMDs, & these areas, but need more informa-
GFWFC, and others, 1997.) tion on available layers regarding
water areas.
/ (DMR/FMRI) Working with
diversified groups on several aspects
of GIS/ resource areas i.e. living
marine resources; So. Fl./ Everglades
Boundary
f (OEM) Funding uncertainties.
4. Improve coordination of land acquisition and management I (ERP) Underway as part of S.
planning efforts of government and non-profit 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 / (DSL/OES) Moving forward (CARL
involvement of citizens, and c) increased access to land web site coming soon)
acquisition and greenways data bases. (DEP & WMDs, I (NWD) Camp Helen Jones Swamp
1996-Continuing.) and Pitcher Plant Prairie.
S (OEM)
/ (OWP) WMD involvement in Local
Greenways initiatives.
5. Support innovative approaches to land acquisition, such as / (DSL/OES) Opportunities identified,
joint funding between governmental units, less than fee but no action as yet. Major project
simple ownership, and cooperative management strategies. in SJRWMD.
(DEP & WMDs, local governments, private, and non- i (SJRWMD) Use of less-than-fee
profit groups, Ongoing.) acquisition for Lake Lochloosa and
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Element of 1995 Florida Water Plan Status Comments

+ significant accomplishment. I in progress little or no accomplishment


General Issue 4: Better information is needed to
support water resource protection, restoration and
management actions. (p. 17)
General Issue Strategy 4.1: Seek to ensure that, where
appropriate, collection of water data by DEP, the
WMDs, the Rec. & Parks of Engineers, local govern-
ments and others is coordinated, directed at answer-
ing priority management questions, and is analyzed in
a method useful for making water management
decisions.


1. Implement s. 62-40.540, F.A.C., revisions on data man- + (DWF) (DEP District Offices) DEP
agement, which established DEP as the lead agency for co- provides training and technical
ordinating the collection of water quality data, and pro- assistance to WMDs and local
vides guidance on data reporting and storage. (DEP, governments on data transfer to
WMDs, & Local Governments, 1995 Ongoing.) STORET. Data sent to DEP also
transferred to STORET.
2. Foster development and enhanced cooperative use of GIS (ERP) South Florida Conservation
technology and information by DEP and WMDs. (DEP, Plan project serving as model.
WMDs, Local Governments, & other appropriate parties, I (DMR/FMRI) Numerous
Ongoing.) DMR/CAMRA projects.
I (OEM) DEP/WMD GIS coordina-
tion mechanisms in place.
I SJRWMD & SFWMD assistance to
Orange County in delineation of
significant recharge areas for im-
plementation of Bluebelt Law.
3. Continue the use of DEP/WMD convention committees to I (DWF) The Reuse Coordinating
recommend uniform approaches to technical problems, Committee continues to meet
and where appropriate, policy issues. This will include regularly.
participation by local governments and others at appropri- I (OWP) Water Supply Planning, Salt
ate stages. (DEP & WMDs 1995 Ongoing.) Water Intrusion, CUP Mitigation,
and Minimum Flows and Levels
Work Groups.
4. Through existing mechanisms such as the State Clearing- (DMR/FMRI)
house, NEPA, and CZMA federal consistency reviews, I (OEM) Extensive use 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 modeling for federal flood control I OIP
projects. (DEP, WMDs, & Local Governments, Ongoing.) I (SJRWMD) WMD courtesy reviews
of EARs for identification and
recognition of WRCAs.
5. Continue the cooperative program with the USGS to col- I (DWF)
lect, compile, and publish statewide water use data on a
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6. Present the results of data acquisition efforts in a form I (OWP) All DEP District Offices
useful to planning as well as regulation and make reports / (DWF)
available to DEP and WMD staff, local governments, and I (DMR/CAMRA)
the public. (DEP, WMDs, & Local Governments,
Ongoing.)
7. Evaluate existing monitoring programs, including the I (DWF) Evaluation and
Ground Water Monitoring Network and the Surface Water reorganization continuing.
Ambient Monitoring Program to determine how best to
integrate the programs. (DEP, 1997.)
8. Attempt to secure a dedicated, adequate funding source for / (DWF) Dedicated funding not yet
the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program, and to secured.
secure additional funding for the Ground Water Quality
Monitoring Network, to enable both monitoring networks
the ability to ensure comprehensive coverage and data
integrity. (DEP, 1997.)
General Issue Strategy 4.2: Where water resource
understandings are deficient, apply adaptive manage-
ment techniques, and balance uncertainty in favor of
avoiding irretrievable long-term commitments which
may jeopardize water resources or the long-term
public interest.
1. In conjunction with ecosystem management teams estab- I (OEM) (DEP District Offices) 34
lished under General Strategy 3.1, create ecosystem man- placed-based teams are in operation.
agement committees to coordinate data gathering, infor- I (OWP) All DEP District Offices
nation assessment, and development of management
strategies within selected ecosystem management project
areas. (DEP, WMDs, GFWFC, other state, federal,
regional and local agencies, and private interests, 1996-
Ongoing.)
2. Convene additional convention committees to recommend I (NWD)
consistent approaches for addressing priority water I (OWP) Committees on saltwater
resource information needs. This will include participation intrusion, CUP mitigation, and
by local governments and others at appropriate stages, minimum flows and levels met in
(DEP & WMDs, 1996.) 1996.

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 Supply Strategy 1.1: Promote water
conservation.
1. Implement provisions of the DEP Water Policy Rule + (DWF) In general, the reuse provi-
pertaining to water supply protection and management, sions have been implemented. The
water conservation, and reuse (Sections 62-40.410;.412; WMDs have implemented the reuse
and .416, F.A.C.). (DEP & WMDs, 1995.) provisions in the fashion intended by
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2. Implement water conservation programs through public
education, technical and financial assistance, promotion of I
xeriscape, and consumptive use permitting programs.
(WMDs, local governments & utilities, Ongoing.)
Water Supply Strategy 1.2: Promote efficient and
equitable allocation of limited water among competing
uses.
1. Continue efforts to develop alternative water allocation
strategies for all Water Resource Caution Areas (WRCAs). /
(DEP, & WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. Pursuant to requirements of Chapter 373, F.S., Chapter / (OWP) This is a major concern of
62-40, F.A.C., and WMD Rules, improve consumptive use the Saltwater Intrusion and Cup
permitting programs to prevent water withdrawals from Mitigation Work Groups, now being
causing significant harm to water resources or associated addressed by the Minimum Flows
natural systems. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) and Levels Work Group
Water Supply Strategy 1.3: Promote alternative water
supply technologies.
1. Implement revisions to the DEP Water Policy Rule + (DWF) For reuse
(Sections 62-40.310(g) and 62-40.410, F.A.C.) pertaining + (OWP) All WMDs
to alternative water supplies and determining whether a
water use is a reasonable-beneficial use. (DEP & WMDs,
1996.)
2. Develop a protocol for chemical and biological testing to + (DWF) Completed. The protocol has
help determine the causes) of toxicity in concentrate been established and is outlined in
generated from drinking water desalination. (DEP, 1996.) DEP's publication "Major Seawater
Ion Toxicity in Membrane Technol-
ogy Water Treatment Concentrate"
3. Develop appropriate aquifer storage and recovery criteria. / (DWF) For reuse, is being consid-
(DEP, WMDs, & EPA, 1997.) ered in ongoing Phase II revisions to
Chapter 62-610.
4. Implement alternative water supply funding programs / (OWP) Implemented by SFWMD,
pursuant to s. 373.1961(2), F.S., including submittal of SJRWMD, and SWFWMD.
annual reports on alternative water supply funding pro-
grams pursuant to s. 373.1961(2)(), F.S. (WMDs, 1996 -
Ongoing.)
5. Cooperate with the appropriate entities to implement a / (SWFWMD) (DMR) (OEM) (DWF).
seawater desalination facility through the New Water Proposal being evaluated by the West
Sources Initiative. (SWFWMD, West Coast Regional Coast Regional Water Supply
Water Supply Authority, & Utilities, 1995 Ongoing.) Authority.
6. As part of statewide storm water management, encourage / (DWF)
the appropriate retention and use of storm water for bene-
ficial purposes such as irrigation, industrial cooling,
ornamental ponds, and artificial ground water recharge for
creation of buffers against saltwater intrusion in coastal
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Water Supply Issue 2: Depletion of easily
developed local water sources is increasing
pressure for transfers of water. (p. 29)
Water Supply Strategy 2.1: Promote optimization of
local sources before consideration 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 to the greatest extent 40.422(1), F.A.C.
practicable, considering the environmental, economic, and
technical feasibility of such alternatives, before considering
long distance transport. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. Encourage, assist in, and where appropriate, require the
development and efficient use of alternative sources of + (DWF) For reuse, in general, DEP
water, including reuse of reclaimed water, graywater use; and the WMDs are doing this.
desalination; retention, storage and beneficial use of storm
water, and other appropriate alternative sources to ensure
water availability, reduce the demand for conventional
sources, and to maximize and maintain existing sources.
(DEP, WMDs & HRS Ongoing.)
3. Ensure that proposals for transfer of water are fully as- / (OWP) No new activity in 1996.
sessed pursuant to provisions of s. 373.2295, F.S. and s.
62-40.422, F.A.C. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)

Water Supply Issue 3: Inadequate information
regarding quantities, locations, and availability of
water supplies to support new growth hinders
efforts to keep demands within the limits of water
availability. (p. 30)
Water Supply Strategy 3.1: Enhance capabilities of
DEP and WMD programs to ensure safe, affordable
and reliable supplies for all reasonable-beneficial
uses.
1. Promote efforts to obtain adequate information about the I (OWP) Active DEP participation on
availability of water supplies and work with the WMDs to the Water Supply Planning and
ensure statewide consistency in consumptive use permit- Development Work Group.
ting. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. Implement revisions to the DEP Water Policy Rule / (OWP) Process of evaluation to be
(Chapter 62-40, F.A.C.) adopted by the Environmental completed in early 1997.
Regulation Commission on December 1, 1994 and March
24, 1995. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
3. Continue the establishment of minimum flows and levels / (OWP) Schedules being
on a priority basis pursuant to s 373.042, F.S., and sched- implemented by the WMDs,
ules in DWMPs, including the determination of safe or generally as described in 1994
sustainable yields from ground and surface water sources. DWMPs. Revisions to schedules
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4. Administer water shortage plans and water conservation + (WMDs) Well-developed procedures
programs. (WMDs, Ongoing.) in place at each WMD.
5. Assist, as appropriate, in water supply development, in- I (DWF)
cluding the development of alternative sources such as ( (OWP) Ongoing effort by all WMDs.
conservation, reuse, desalination, etc. (WMDs, Ongoing.)
6. Continue the cooperative program with the USGS to I (DWF) USGS contract continuing.
collect, compile, and publish statewide water use data on a
five-year basis. (DEP, WMDs, and USGS, 1995 -
Ongoing.)
Water Supply Strategy 3.2: Improve coordination
between state and regional water management pro-
grams and local government comprehensive plan-
ning, particularly in terms of providing technical
information and assistance to local governments.
1. Provide technical assistance and available water supply I (OWP) Ongoing by all WMDs.
information to regional planning councils and local gov-
ernments in a form applicable to regional policy develop-
ment and local government comprehensive planning. This
should include the completion and updating of ground
water availability inventories pursuant to s. 373.0395, F.S.
(WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. Provide outreach mechanisms for assisting local / (OWP) Ongoing by all WMDs.
governments in assuring that water supply demands of
planned growth do not exceed water availability. (WMDs,
Ongoing.)
3. Expedite completion of ground water basin availability I
inventories pursuant to s. 373.0395, F.S. (WMDs,
Ongoing.)
4. Through the existing plan review process, review the I OIP coordinates the Department's
Conservation and Potable Water elements of local govern- reviews of planning documents to
ment comprehensive plans to ensure that they reflect the evaluate consistency with all De-
limitations of available ground and surface water and other apartment programs, rules and
available water supplies, pursuant to provisions of s. 373. policies. (There is a need for greater
0395, F.S. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) involvement of the DWF programs
in the DEP District offices).
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Water Supply Issue 4: The quality of water supplies
has been degraded in many locations, and existing
supplies are increasingly threatened by
contamination. (p. 31)
Water Supply Strategy 4.1: Protect wellheads and
aquifer recharge areas through a combination of state
regulation of potential sources of groundwater
contamination, acquisition, land use regulation by
local governments, and providing technical
assistance to local oovemments.


1. Delineate recharge areas according to schedules in District / Ongoing activity by the WMDs
Water Management Plans. (WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. Develop strategies for aquifer protection, including S (DWF) Pilot studies ongoing to map
recharge protection, wellhead protection measures, and aquifer vulnerability; DRASTIC
aquifer vulnerability mapping. (DEP, WMDs, & local maps to be published in 1997;
governments, 1996.) FAVA mapping efforts continuing.
3. Continue development of a statewide wellhead protection I (DWF)
program. (DEP, WMDs, & local Governments, Ongoing.)
4. Review local government comprehensive plan revisions + 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 & consultation.
WMDs, Ongoing.). i OIP coordinates Department's
reviews.
5. Continue development and support a Model Wellhead + (DWF) Development of the Model is
Protection Program with NWFWMD and the City of Tal- complete. Outreach efforts ongoing.
lahassee, for potential statewide application. (DEP,
NWFWMD, and City of Tallahassee, 1996.)
Water Supply Strategy 4.2 : As described in Chapter
Four, continue to regulate and manage discharges to
ground and surface waters to protect, maintain, and
improve their quality for water supply, environmental
protection, and other beneficial Rec. & Park purposes.
1. Continue to regulate domestic wastewater discharges, + (DWF) (DEP District Offices) DEP
residuals management facilities, and industrial waste permitting program continues.
discharges pursuant to provisions of Chapter 403, F.S.,
and DEP rules. (DEP, Ongoing.)
2. Continue to implement storm water management programs I (OWP) Being implemented by all
pursuant to DEP/WMD delegation agreements. (WMDs, WMDs except NWFWMD. DEP
Ongoing.) implementing program in NW Fla.
3. Implement SWIM programs for priority water bodies, I (DMR/FMRI)
including establishment of pollutant load reduction goals. I (DWF)
(DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) / (OWP) SWIM Programs continue to
be implemented by each WMD. DEP
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Water Supply Strategy 4.3: Ensure water supply
system compliance with federal and state Safe
Drinking Water Acts.
1. Enforce drinking water permitting requirements. (DEP & / (NWD)
HRS [now the Department of Health], Ongoing.) I (DWF) Ongoing activity.
2. Adopt federally mandated drinking water standards. (DEP, + (DWF)
Ongoing.)
3. Implement DEP/HRS Interagency Agreement on delegat- + (DWF)
ing drinking water programs to eleven approved county
public health units. (DEP & HRS [now the Department of
Health], Ongoing.)
Water Supply Strategy 4.4: Promote reuse of
reclaimed water.
1. Refine and expand existing rules in Chapter 62-610, / (DWF) Phase I rulemaking was
F.A.C. Include specific rule provisions regarding completed in 1995. Phase II
industrial use of reclaimed water, and for ground water rulemaking is ongoing.
recharge and indirect potable reuse, aquifer storage and
recovery, use of supplemental water supplies, and blending
of concentrate from desalination processes with reclaimed
water. (DEP, 1996.)
2. For utilities located within Water Resource Caution Areas, + (DWF) Implemented at DEP. This
ensure that permits for domestic wastewater facilities are requirement has been incorporated
consistent with requirements for reuse contained in the into Chapter 62-610, F.A.C.
utilities' consumptive use permits. (DEP, Ongoing.)
3. Review reuse feasibility studies for domestic wastewater + (DWF) Being done by DEP.
facilities located within Water Resource Caution Areas. If
reuse is feasible, limit deep well injection and surface
water disposal projects to those serving as backups to reuse
systems. (DEP, 1995 Ongoing.)
4. Implement reuse provisions of Florida Statutes and the + (DWF) In general, is being done.
Reuse Conventions Report. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) Varying effectiveness.
5. Place appropriate requirements for reuse in consumptive (WMDs) Implementation continues
use permits issued to water utilities and users of water to be incomplete. Cost allocation is
within Water Resource Caution Areas. (WMDs, 1995 especially difficult. SJRWMD
Ongoing.) rulemaking expected in 1997.
6. Develop guidelines for reuse feasibility studies for users of + (DWF) Completed. Guidelines were
water. (DEP, WMDs, & PSC, 1995.) accepted by the Reuse Coordinating
Committee in Nov., 1996.
7. Seek funding ($400,000) for a study of alternative I (DWF) The UCF completed a
disinfection methods (UV & Ozonation), conduct the study literature review of 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
EPA.
8. Prepare annual reports on reuse pursuant to requirements + (DWF) Annual reports are being
of s. 373.250, F.S. (WMDs, Ongoing.). prepared by the WMDs. Initial
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Chapter Three: Flood Protection and
Floodplain Management

Flooding Issue 1: Human occupancy of and
alteration of floodplains and floodprone areas are
threatening public health, safety and welfare. (p.
37)
Flooding Strategy 1.1: Foster nonstructural strategies
in achieving flood protection.
1. Through the Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) I (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, designate natural I (OWP) SJRWMD & SWFWMD
floodways as Works of the District. (SRWMD & have developed Future Land Use and
SWFWMD, Ongoing.) Floodplain overlay map to identify
potential problem areas.
3. Incorporate flood protection considerations into land / (DSL/OES)
acquisition programs. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
4. Implement those portions of the DEP Water Policy Rule / (OWP, ERP, WMDs) Will be part of
pertaining to floodplain management (s. 62-40.450, planned "Phase II" of Environmental
F.A.C.). (DEP & WMDs, 1995-Ongoing.) Resource Permitting.
Flooding Strategy 1.2: Minimize the impacts from
future floods.
1. Consistent with the primary purposes of WMD facilities, / (OEM) Provides relevant input
construct, operate and maintain works of the districts in a through participation in the C&SF
manner which minimizes flood hazards to existing devel- Project Restudy, Lower East Coast
opment and adverse impacts to natural systems. (WMDs, Water Supply Study.
Ongoing.) / (WMDs) Part of structure
operational reviews.
2. In priority areas, delineate floodplains and floodprone / (WMDs)
areas, and provide this information to RPCs and local
governments for land use planning and regulatory program
purposes. (WMDs, Ongoing.)
3. Review amendments to local government comprehensive / (OIP/DEP District Offices) Reviews
plans and developments of regional impact (DRIs) to of plan amendments identify the
ensure that flooding potential is recognized and that risks potential for flooding.
are minimized. (DEP, DCA, & WMDs, Ongoing.)
4. Complete the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project. /
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Flooding Issue 2: Inadequate preparation for flood
disasters and response have increased property
damage and risks to human safety. (p. 39)
Flooding Strategy 2.1: Reduce flood risks to property
and human safety.
1. Through the Environmental Resource Permit programs of I (ERP) Underway
DEP and the WMDs, ensure that dams and other water
retention or management structures are properly designed,
constructed and maintained to minimize flood risks. (DEP
& WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. Ensure the integrity of existing and future dams and
structural flood control facilities through regular inspec- +
tion, maintenance and appropriate refurbishment or
replacement. (DEP & WMDs, 1996)
3. Maintain and operate water control structures in the Upper +
Ocklawaha River Basin. ( SJRWMD, Ongoing)
4. Complete canal conveyance capacity studies (SFWMD, (OWP) Canal conveyance studies in
1993 to 1997): C-7, C-8, C-23. (1993 to 1997.) C-15, C-16 I progress by SFWMD.
(1993.) C-1W, C-100, C-100B (1993 to 1995.) L-10, L-
12 (1993 to 1994.)
Flooding Strategy 2.2: Improve provision of flood-
related emergency preparedness and response.
1. Work with DCA Division of Emergency Management and I (OWP) Ongoing effort
others to assess and clarify flood emergency planning and
response responsibilities of DEP and the WMDs. (DEP,
WMDs, DCA, local governments, & Special Districts.
1996 Ongoing.)
2. Work with DCA, FEMA, USACE and local governments
to provide effective response to flood emergencies. (DEP, /
WMDs, DCA, FEMA, USACE, & Local Governments,
Ongoing.)
Chapter Four: Water Quality

Water Quality Issue 1: While significant water
quality progress has been made, Florida's surface
and ground waters continue to be degraded by
point and nonpoint sources of pollution. (p. 45)
Water Quality Strategy 1.1: Improve research, data
collection and data sharing.
1. Continue support and expansion of the Ground Water (DWF)
Quality Monitoring Network and the Surface Water I (OWP) All DEP District Offices are
Ambient Monitoring Program, with opportunities provided involved.
for private sector comment. (DEP, WMDs, & local
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2. Evaluate the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program S (DWF, DEP District Offices)
and the Ground Water Quality Monitoring Network to de-
termine how to better integrate the two, and more effec-
tively use the data generated to make water quality man-
agement decisions. (DEP & WMDs, 1995.)
3. Attempt to secure a dedicated, adequate funding source for
the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program and to / (DWF)
secure additional funding for the Ground Water Quality
Monitoring Network, to give both monitoring networks the
ability to ensure comprehensive coverage and data
integrity. (DEP & WMDs, 1997, Ongoing.)
4. Continue to prepare State Water Quality Assessment I (OWP) All DEP District Offices are
(305(b)) Reports. (DEP, 1995 Ongoing.) involved.
I (DWF)
5. Develop statewide GIS coverage and coordinate research / (ERP) Underway with South Florida
activities and data sharing. (DEP, WMDs, RPCs & local Conservation Plan project as model,
governments, 1997.) some statewide coverages already
available.
I (DMR/FMRI) Several active
projects.
(DWF)
6. Enter all collected ambient water quality data into the / (OWP, DEP District Offices)
STORET data management system. (DEP, WMDs, & local ( (DWF)
governments, Ongoing.)
7. Establish workshops among WMDs, DEP and other agen-
cies to develop procedures for cooperative modeling, GIS, I (DWF)
and data sharing for TMDL development and implemen-
tation, and for evaluations of the effectiveness of estab-
lished TMDLs. (DEP & WMDs, 1996 Continuing.)
8. Develop consistent methodologies for delineating areas of I (DWF) Fenholloway River study
interaction between surface and ground water. (DEP & completed. Bureau of Water
WMDs, 1996 -Continuing.) Resource Protection conducting
integrated assessment of St. Marks
River Basin.
Water Quality Strategy 1.2: Secure dedicated and
adequate funding for surface water programs,
including SWIM.
1. Work with the Legislature to secure a specific, continuing (OWP) Stable funding not yet
funding source for the statewide SWIM program. (DEP & achieved.
WMDs, Ongoing.)
Water Quality Strategy 1.3: Implement statewide
stormwater management.
1. Administer the state stormwater program, in cooperation ( (DWF) (WMDs) (DEP District
with the WMDs and other parties, and support the concept Offices)
of watershed management as an integral part of ecosystem
management initiatives. (DEP, WMDs & local govern-
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2. Develop and implement stormwater PLRGs according to J (DWF) Tied to TMDL effort.
schedules presented in District Water Management Plans.
(DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
3. Assume delegation of the federal NPDES stormwater (DWF) Efforts to assume delegation
permitting program. (DEP, 1999). are now being initiated.
4. Assist local governments in establishing stormwater / (DWF) DEP provides technical
utilities and retrofitting storm water systems. (DEP, assistance. Publication available.
WMDs, & local governments, Ongoing.) DEP works with the Stormwater
Utilities Association to obtain
financial assistance/grants.
/ (OWP) SJRWMD has implemented
new stormwater management cost-
share program to assist in this effort.
/ (OWP) DEP District Offices are
providing technical assistance to
local governments.
5. Continue to participate in the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution / (DWF) In July, 1995, DEP com-
Control program pursuant to provisions of Section 6217 of pleted requirements for federal
the Coastal Zone Reauthorization Amendments of 1990. approval of the program; awaiting
(NOAA, EPA, DEP, DCA, local governments, Ongoing.) approval of the document.
6. Continue to participate in the Nonpoint Source Pollutant / (DLE) (DMR) Clean Marina Project.
abatement program pursuant to s. 319 of the National + (DWF) Receiving 3.8 million in
Clean Water Act. (EPA, DEP, WMDs, local governments, grant funds each year for projects
Ongoing.) around the state. DEP partnering
with WMDs and local governments.
7. Continue and where possible expand the process for per- / (WMDs, DWF, OWP) Whole Farm,
emitting Agricultural Surface Water Management (ASWM) Reg. Streamlining, etc.
systems. (DEP, WMDs, & DACS, 1996-Ongoing.)
8. Establish coordination between WMD efforts related to / (DWF) Completed series of
stormwater Pollutant Load Reduction Goals (PLRGs), and workshops with WMDs / DEP
DEP development of Total Maximum Daily Loads Districts. Future followup
(TMDLs). (DEP & WMDs, 1995 Ongoing.) workshops planned.
Water Quality Strategy 1.4: Continue and refine
statewide efforts to reduce impacts from point source
pollution.
1. Implement the recently delegated federal NPDES point + (OWP) All DEP District Offices
source surface water permitting program. (DEP & EPA, + (DWF) NPDES delegation was
1995, Ongoing.) accepted in 1995 and has been
successfully implemented.
2. Continue to implement the federally delegated Under- / (DWF) Chapter 62-528 revised.
ground Injection Control program. (DEP, Ongoing.) Program revisions sent to EPA.
3. Secure additional resources to increase the number of / (DWF) In progress. DEP meeting
compliance inspections conducted on all discharging basic Level of Service.
facilities to the level of service required by rule. (DEP,
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4. Adopt additional general permit and exemption criteria for + (DWF) Adopted one general permit.
small industrial wastewater facilities pursuant to the Three general permits will go to
recommendations of the Industrial Wastewater Task Force. rulemaking in 96/97.
(DEP, 1995-2000.)
5. Obtain point source and nonpoint source loadings and / (DWF) Working with the WMDs
ground water contribution data for TMDL development. and DEP district offices.
(DEP, Ongoing.)
6. Incorporate TMDLs into NPDES permits. (DEP, (DWF) Will incorporate TMDLs as
Ongoing.) they are developed.
7. Continue and amplify existing contract with the Florida + (DWF) DEP has contracted with the
Rural Water Association to conduct technical assistance Florida Rural Water Association to
activities for small wastewater and drinking water facilities provide technical assistance to small
to improve compliance. (DEP, 1996 and Continuing.) wastewater treatment plants.
8. Expand DEP technical assistance on pollution prevention, + (Waste Mgt.) Two EMIS teams
and provide incentives for voluntary pollution control formed, training local governments,
programs. (DEP, Ongoing.) developing education materials.
+ (OWP) DEP District Offices
9. Through administration of the State Revolving Fund, + (DWF) DEP continues to implement
continue to encourage local government actions toward the State Revolving Fund program
improving domestic wastewater management and to fund ($113 million in loans provided in
needed reuse facilities. (DEP, Ongoing.) 1996.)
Water Quality Strategy 1.5: Update and revise state
water quality standards.
1. Assess the ability of existing state water quality criteria to i (DWF, OEM)
protect designated uses in the Everglades Protection Area
and Agricultural Area waters. (DEP & SFWMD,
Ongoing.)
2. Develop numeric phosphorus criteria for the Everglades / (DWF, OEM)
Protection Area. (DEP & SFWMD, by 2003.)
3. Update and revise state water quality standards through the / (DWF) Standards based on fish
Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards. (DEP, consumption rates being re-evaluated
Ongoing.) based on new information.
4. Reclassify the Fenholloway River from Class V to Class + (DWF) Reclassification approved by
III. (DEP, 1997.) the ERC. On schedule for
reclassification in 1997.
5. Compile surface water guidance concentrations for (DWF) Currently, no timeline for
pesticide contamination. (DEP & EPA, 1998.) deadline for accomplishing this task.
Water Quality Strategy 1.6: Develop and implement
appropriate methods to delineate areas vulnerable to
ground water contamination, and devise strategies to
provide additional protection to the most vulnerable
areas.
1. Pursuant to s. 576.045, F.S., in conjunction with DACS, I (DWF) Pilot study in Polk County to
implement programs to reduce agriculture-related nitrate determine nitrate vulnerability.
contamination of groundwater, through enhanced Best
Management Practices (BMPs) for fertilizer use and dairy
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2. Develop and implement methods to delineate areas (DWF) Pilot studies ongoing to map
vulnerable to contaminants other than agricultural nitrates. / vulnerable areas.
(DEP, 1996-97.)
3. Delineate prime ground water recharge areas. (WMDs, (WMDs) Generally not been
1995-98) achieved.
4. Identify pollution prevention measures to be implemented I (DWF) Additional pollution
in vulnerable areas. (DEP, WMDs & local governments, prevention measures will be
Ongoing.) identified if warranted after
vulnerable areas are mapped.
5. Conduct research to determine the causes and biological I (DWF) Funding project with Section
effects of increased nitrate concentrations in coastal 319 grant funds.
springs. (DEP & SWFWMD, Ongoing.)
6. Define areas of ground water/surface water interaction I (DWF) Other drinking water
through the development of three-dimensional models and program efforts, and implementation
federal requirements relating to public water supplies that of the 1996 amendments to the Safe
are affected by surface waters (Under the Direct Influence Drinking Water Act, address the
program). (DEP, 1997.) need for improved information.
Water Quality Strategy 1.7: Reduce the impacts of
human-induced saltwater intrusion or upcoming on
ground water quality.
1. Establish minimum aquifer water levels pursuant to s. (WMDs) Schedules being updated
373.042(2), F.S., and schedules in District Water I and implemented.
Management Plans. (WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. Reevaluate and make necessary changes to the consump-
tive use permitting process to assure consistency with I
WMD needs and sources plans and established minimum
flows and levels. (WMDs, Ongoing.)
3. Implement the alternative source initiatives identified in J (WMDs)
Water Supply Strategy 4.4. (DEP, WMDs, EPA, Ongoing).
4. Develop strategies and schedules for identifying water
availability of priority aquifers and surface waters used for I
water supply, and provide this information to Regional
Planning Councils, local governments and water suppliers.
(WMDs, 1995 Ongoing.)
5. Develop management strategies via the joint DEP/WMD (OWP) Part of Minimum Flows and
work group on saltwater intrusion. This will include I Levels Work Group.
involvement by local government and private parties at
appropriate stages in the process. (DEP & WMDs, 1994 -
1995.)
6. Evaluate the potential for use of reclaimed water to I (DWF) The use of reclaimed water
establish barriers to saltwater intrusion. (DEP, EPA & to create salt water intrusion barriers
WMDs, 1996, Ongoing.) is being addressed in the ongoing
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Water Quality Strategy 1.8: Reduce the threat of water
contamination from improper management of solid
and hazardous wastes.
1. Implement recycling and other waste reduction measures + (Waste Mgt.) Developing better
to achieve major reduction in mercury, cadmium, and lead information. Reductions in mercury-
in Florida's municipal solid waste stream. (DEP & local containing batteries, opening of
governments, Ongoing.) mercury recycling 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 implementation of management standards, + (Waste Mgt.) New requirements
training on best management practices, and technology approved by the ERC in September,
transfer workshops, ensure that construction and demoli- 1996. New legislation in 1996.
tion debris disposal sites in Florida have adequate water
quality monitoring and effective pollution controls. (DEP,
local governments, and industry, Ongoing.)
4. Through pollution prevention initiatives, achieve major + (Waste Mgt.) Since 1987, the
reductions in new discharges of regulated liquid contami- Pollution Prevention Program has
nants. (DEP, local governments & industry, Ongoing.) assisted over 300 businesses.
5. Working with local governments, complete risk-based 1 (Waste Mgt.) Groundwork has been
cleanup at currently known non-Resource Conservation laid for this task, by measures such
and Recovery Act (RCRA) contaminated sites. (DEP & as improving the information base.
local governments, Ongoing.) The 1996 Legislature replaced the
Petroleum Cleanup Reimbursement
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Chapter Five: Natural Systems

Natural Systems Issue 1: Florida's ecosystems are
increasingly threatened by water-related problems
associated with rapid population growth and land
use changes. (p. 53)
Natural Systems Strategy 1.1: Use the authorities,
programs, and technical expertise of DEP and the
WMDs to promote ecosystem management.
1. Further develop and implement recommendations in the I (OEM) Governor's Commission for
DEP Ecosystem Management Strategy, including estab- a Sustainable South Florida, Hills-
lishment of ecosystem management areas, ecosystem borough River, CF Industries.
management teams, incentive-based permitting develop- + (OIP) Reorganized geographically to
ment of linear infrastructure plans, and reallocating staff, better implement EM and has fully
funding and other resources to support ecosystem .integrated FWP and EM strategies
management initiatives in priority areas. (DEP & WMDs, into the programs and reviews it
1995-96.) coordinates. Participates in inter-
agency teams for special focus areas
to improve the linkage between land
use planning and regulation.
(DWF) Division reorganized to
improve its capability for conducting
comprehensive basin-wide assess-
ments and management.
(OWP) All DEP District Offices
implementing EMIS
2. Develop and apply ecosystem management techniques to I (DMR) Purchase of state buffer
lands owned by the state and the WMDs. (DEP, 1996.) preserves; Little Pine Island
mitigation bank public/private
partnership.
/ (OEM)
( (SL/OES) Continued statewide
Preservation 2000 acquisition
program, with additional 200,000
acres acquired by DEP, WMDs, et.
al.
3. Emphasize ecosystem protection in land acquisition. (DEP / (DMR) Purchase of state buffer
& WMDs, Ongoing.) preserves.
M (OWP) All DEP and WMD
acquisition programs
/ (OEM)
4. Continue DEP/WMD and local government cooperation on I (DMR/FMRI)
the Suwannee River, Everglades, Hillsborough River, St. I (OWP) DEP continues to participate
Johns River, Wekiva River, and Apalachicola Ecosystem with the WMDs in each of these
Management Area implementation plans. (DEP & projects.
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5. Develop special Basin Criteria for Tomoka River and
Spruce Creek. (SJRWMD, 1994-1995.)
6. Develop a Surface Water Management Plan for Orange
Creek Basin. (SJRWMD Advisory Board, 1994 to 1996.)
7. Initiate development of a Peace River Ecosystem Manage- I (OEM) DEP is coordinating with
ment Area Implementation Plan. (SWFWMD & DEP, SWFWMD SWIM & Charlotte
1996.) Harbor NEP
8. Through the existing plan review process, review revisions (DSL/OES) FNAI provides valuable
to local government comprehensive plans to assure information on significant habitats
adequate consideration for protecting wetlands, flood- and species.
plains, and regionally significant habitat (DEP & WMDs, / (OIP) Coordinates DEP's reviews
Ongoing.) and ensures that these factors are
addressed.
9. Evaluate and effectively utilize innovative land acquisition / (DSL/OES) DEP (CARL) is moving
and management strategies such as joint into joint acquisition with other
acquisition/management with local governments, federal agencies and WMDs.
agencies, and the private sector to promote ecosystem I (OWP) All DEP District Offices
management. (DEP, WMDs, federal agencies, local I (OEM) Federal Farm Bill funding
governments, & others, Ongoing.) for S. Fla. Restoration.
Natural Systems Strategy 1.2: Maintain and enhance
biodiversity and biological productivity.
1. Assist regional planning councils and local governments / (DSL/OES) FNAI currently
in identifying natural resources of regional significance, researching & preparing report on
developing model ordinances, and take other steps to significant remaining unprotected
establish protection for natural systems. (DEP & WMDs, natural areas.
Ongoing.) I (DMR) Review/Comment on
Strategic Regional Policy Plans. &.
I (OWP) All DEP District Offices
( (OIP) Seeks to ensure the adoption
of SRPPs with a regional watershed
approach, in line with
FWP/Ecosystem Management and
which include a comprehensive
listing and mapping of NRRSs and
facilities of regional significance.
2. Review local government comprehensive plan amend- I (DSL/OES) Review coordinated
ments and DRIs for impacts to natural resources of between OIP, DSL, FNAI and other
regional significance. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) DEP units to identify these areas.
3. Promote stewardship programs for habitat conservation. / (DMR/FMRI)
(DEP, WMDs, GFWFC, DACS/DOF, Ongoing.) I (DMR) National Estuarine Research
Reserve CSOs.
I (OEM) Eight-party MOU signed to
implement the DEP Private Lands
Initiative.
4. Implement recommendations of the DEP 1995 Ecosystem I (OWP) All DEP District Offices.
Management Implementation Strategy. (DEP, WMDs, &
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Natural Systems Strategy 1.3: Implement effective
water resource and pollution control permitting.
1. Develop and implement basin-specific criteria, tailored to ( (DWF)
the management needs of the water resources or associated
natural systems. This will be accomplished in conjunction
with establishment of Total Maximum Daily Loads
(TMDLs) and other action steps presented under Water
Quality Strategy 1.4. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. Implement the combined Environmental Resource Permit + (ERP) Began October 3, 1995.
(ERP) system as defined in law and rules. (DEP & WMDs,
1995, Ongoing.)
3. Cooperate with agricultural interests to foster land I (DMR) Aquaculture Permit
stewardship, alternative permitting processes and Streamlining.
incentives for avoiding impacts of agricultural activities on / (DWF)
natural systems. (DEP, WMDs, NRCS, GFWFC & DACS, 1 (OEM)
Ongoing.)
4. Incorporate TMDLs into point source discharge permits. I (DWF)
(DEP, Ongoing.)
5. Continue to promote reuse of reclaimed water. (DEP & (OWP) All DEP District Offices.
WMDs, Ongoing.) (DWF) DEP and the WMDs
continue to promote reuse.
6. Develop effective mechanisms to track permitted activities J (DWF)
on a watershed basis; evaluate the option of issuing
discharge permits on a watershed basis. (DEP & WMDs,
Ongoing)
Natural Systems Strategy 1.4: Maintain and, where
feasible, restore the hydrologic patterns of water-
sheds and ecosystems, with particular emphasis on
restoring natural patterns of fresh water flow to
estuarine systems.
1. Implement the Everglades restoration activities mandated (DMR/FMRI)
by the Everglades Forever Act of 1994. (DEP, SFWMD, & / (DWF)
USACE, 1995-2004.) / (OEM) Conceptual Plan approved by
the Governor's Commission on a
Sustainable South Florida
2. Continue the Upper St. Johns River restoration project. (SJRWMD) Restoration work
(SJRWMD & USACE, completion 1998.) continuing on schedule
3. Implement the Kissimmee River restoration project. (DSL/OES) Land acquisition nearly
(SFWMD & USACE, 1995-2012.) complete.
(Expand this narrative)
4. Continue SWIM Program efforts to reestablish hydrologic I (DMR/FMRI)
connections between mosquito impoundments and the
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5. Continue SWIM program efforts related to reducing exces- i (DMR) Other discharges, i.e.
sive fresh water discharges in the Turkey Creek and St. Okeechobee/ Caloosahatchee R.
Lucie subbasins of the Indian River Lagoon estuarine ongoing.
system. (SJRWMD, Melbourne-Tillman Water Control / (OWP) Ongoing by SJRWMD and
District, & SFWMD. Ongoing.) SFWMD.
6. Implement protection strategies for the Green Swamp, + (OIP) Assisting with interagency
including the "Land Authority." (SWFWMD, SJRWMD & initiatives to implement specific
Local Governments, Ongoing.) strategies to protect resources of the
Green Swamp.
+ (OEM) EMA teams are functioning
for the Green Swamp,
Withlacoochee, Oklawaha, & Lake
Wales Ridge EMAs.
7. Continue cooperative efforts to incorporate restoration of I (OIP) Ensures that these issues are
hydrology and natural systems into the design and emphasized in all coordination and
construction of new regional transportation facilities such commenting activities on major
as the Polk County Parkway and Interstate 4 corridor, transportation projects. (There is a
(DEP, WMDs, DOT, MPOs, GFWFC, local governments, serious need for better integration of
& others, Ongoing.) the FTP with the FWP.)
I (OEM) Routinely emphasizes these
issues on a project-by-project basis
within EMAs.
8. Examine the potential for expanded use of reclaimed water + (DVF) Phase I revisions to Chapter
to create, restore, and/or enhance wetland systems. (DEP, 62-610 expanded opportunities for
EPA & WMDs, 1996, Ongoing.) wetlands systems to be considered as
"reuse". Discharge to wetlands in
Class I waters was allowed in Phase
I revisions.
9. Assist RPCs in the formulation of Strategic Regional I (DMR/FMRI)
Policy Plan goals, policies, and strategies for effectively I (OIP) Consulted with OPB and the
accomplishing, as applicable, the objectives of the Florida RPCs to adopt SRPPs which reflect
Water Plan. (DEP, & WMDs, Ongoing.) regional ecosystem and watershed
management approaches to land use
planning.
Natural Systems Strategy 1.5: Ensure close coordina-
tion between establishment of mitigation banks and
land acquisition programs of state, regional and local
government.
1. Develop statewide restoration priorities, and incorporate I (ERP) Statewide GIS mapping of
these into existing restoration programs, acquisition potential sites is underway
programs, and location of mitigation banks. (DEP, I (DMR/FMRI)
WMDs, GFWFC, and local governments, Ongoing.) I (Rec. & Parks) Working with OIP to
identify restoration sites in State
Parks.
2. Develop the South Florida Comprehensive Conservation, I (OEM, ERP) Preliminary draft
Permitting and Mitigation Plan. (DEP, SFWMD, USACE, report due 10/96 in preparation
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3. Based on results of the South Florida Comprehensive (OWP) Future activity
Conservation, Permitting and Mitigation Plan, review
statewide restoration priorities such as Pollution Recovery
Trust Fund (PRTF) (now the Ecosystem Management and
Restoration Trust Fund] projects, and extend this planning
strategy statewide. (DEP & WMDs, 2000.)
Natural Systems Strategy 1.6: Achieve maintenance
control of exotic and noxious species.
1. Promote the use of native plants, as appropriate, for I
landscaping. (WMDs & local governments, Ongoing.)
2. Develop a statewide interagency approach for control of I (BAPM) Interagency approach
invasive exotic plants. (DEP, WMDs, GFWFC, Ongoing.) already exists for aquatic plants.
Task force is developing recommen-
dations for legislation to control
upland invasive species.
3. Continue the Melaleuca Task Force. (SFWMD & DEP, i (ERP) Final report issued, rule
Ongoing.) making underway.
+ (BAPM) Task force continues to
meet and is functioning well. Lack
of funding has been the greatest
impediment.
4. Continue exotic plant control and aquatic plant I (ERP to rewrite) Legislative report
maintenance programs. (DEP, WMDs, & local due this fall.
governments, Ongoing.) I (Rec. & Parks) Going on in all parks
and buffers.
5. Reduce the infestation of invasive exotic upland plants by I (ERP)1996 Leg. provide direction to
25 percent on state lands. (DEP, 2010) develop program and report back
with legislation 10/96
I (Rec. & Parks) Going on in all
parks.
I (DMR) State buffer preserves.
6. Bring hydrilla, water hyacinth, and water lettuce under I (BAPM) Water hyacinth and water
maintenance control in public waters. (DEP, 2000.) lettuce are under maintenance
control in public waters. Significant
progress in controlling hydrilla, and
if present funding levels are main-
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Natural Systems Issue 2: The establishment of
minimum flows and levels for Florida's water-
courses, lakes and aquifers is essential for water
managers to have a sound basis for determining
and preventing cumulative impacts to water
resources and natural systems caused by water
withdrawals. (p. 57)
Natural Systems Strategy 2.1: Expedite establishment
of minimum flows and levels for priority water-
courses, lakes and aquifers.


1. Continue monitoring of streams, lakes and aquifers to help I (OWP) Ongoing by all WMDs.
provide information needed to establish minimum flows
and levels. (WMDs, DEP & USGS, Ongoing.)
2. Carry out establishment of minimum flows and levels (OWP) Ongoing by all WMDs.
according to the schedules in District Water Management
Plans. (WMDs, Ongoing.)
3. As part of establishing minimum flows and levels, reserve I (OWP) Ongoing by all WMDs.
from use such quantities of water as are required for the
protection of fish and wildlife or the public health and
safety (s.373.223(3), F.S.). (WMDs, Ongoing.)
Natural Systems Strategy 2.2: Prevent water with-
drawals from causing significant harm to water
resources and associated natural systems.
1. Maintain established minimum flows and levels through I (OWP) Ongoing by all WMDs.
consumptive use permitting. (WMDs, Ongoing.)
2. Where excessive withdrawals are determined to have I (OWP) Ongoing by all WMDs.
caused significant harm to water resources or natural
systems, seek to eliminate, reduce, or mitigate the harm by
limiting withdrawals and/or requiring restoration/recovery
actions. (WMDs, Ongoing.)
Chapter Six: Coordination and
Evaluation

Coordination and Evaluation Issue 1: Public
education on water resources and public
participation in the water management process is
needed to ensure public and legislative support for
water management programs. (p. 68)
Coordination Strategy 1.1: Improve public education
about Florida's water resources.
1. Perform an inventory/assessment of current public (EE) Assessed and reported on DEP
education efforts related to water resources. (DEP & internal Environmental Education
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2. Design and implement a water stewardship program for / (EE) Created DEP EE committee in
Floridians and visitors. (DEP & WMDs, 1997.) 1995. As part of the DEP Environ-
mental Citizenship Campaign,
published three public informa-
tion/education booklets.
Coordination Strategy 1.2: Improve public
participation in Florida's water management process.
1. Conduct statewide seminars and public meetings on water (OEM)
resources issues, ecosystem management and other envi-
ronmental programs to encourage public involvement in
water resource management, both locally and statewide.
(DEP & WMDs, 1996 Ongoing.)
2. Solicit local government and public participation in / (OWP)
development and revision of the Florida Water Plan. (DEP
& WMDs, 1995 Ongoing.)
3. Develop public participation programs such as watershed I (NWD)
action committees, citizen water quality monitoring teams,
pollution event reporting, etc. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
4. Incorporate public participation in the TMDL process. (DWF) Tampa Bay is an example of
(DEP, Ongoing.) such public participation.
Coordination and Evaluation Issue 2: Coordination
of water-related programs at all levels of govern-
ment is needed to ensure wise use and manage-
ment of Florida's water resources. (p. 69)
Coordination Strategy 2.1: Improve internal coordina-
tion between DEP water-related programs.
1. Include specific Florida Water Plan strategies in the DEP + (OWP) Water Resource Protection
Agency Strategic Plan. (DEP, 1995 Ongoing.) has been incorporated as Strategic
Issue I of the DEP / ASP for FY
1997-2002. This includes a specific
commitment to implement the
strategies, action steps and schedules
prescribed in the FWP.
2. Provide water management briefings to the DEP Policy / (OWP)
Coordinating Committee. (DEP, Ongoing.)
3. Publish feature articles on water management in DEP (OWP)
newsletters and periodicals. (1995-Ongoing.)
4. Conduct seminars, and encourage DEP program partici- / (OWP)
pation in the Annual Florida Water Management Confer-
ence and technical workshops. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.)
5. Broaden DEP program participation on the FWP/DWMP / (OWP) Other efforts, like the Land
Work Group. ( 1995, Ongoing.) & Water Group, are successors to the
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6. Develop performance indicators to track progress of DEP I (OWP) DEP and the WMDs worked
efforts to implement the selected action steps specified in to develop the performance
the Florida Water Plan. (DEP, 1996.) indicators presented in this First
Annual Progress Report.
Coordination Strategy 2.2: Secure dedicated and
adequate funding for implementing DEP responsi-
bilities related to WMD general supervision and state
level water resource planning, policy development,
and management.
1. Evaluate and amend the permit fee structure for all DEP NPDES is self-supporting, but there
programs to fulfill the legislative mandate that such has not been any agency-wide
programs be, to the greatest extent possible, self-sufficient. assessment.
(DEP, Ongoing.)
2. Work with the Governor's Office and the legislature to / (OWP) Reallocation of staff within
secure adequate funding and staff support for implement- DEP has provided adequate
ing DEP responsibilities related to WMD general super- resources for this function.
vision and statewide water resource planning, policy
development and management. (DEP & Governor's Office,
Ongoing.)
Coordination Strategy 2.3: Improve state-level inter-
agency coordination on water-related programs.
1. Where appropriate, implement recommendations of the I (OWP) The main recommendations
Governor's Task Force on Land Use and Water Planning. of the Task Force have not become
(DEP & WMDs, 1996-Ongoing.) state law but improved coordination
is still occurring. OIP is working
with all DEP units to improve the
linkages between land and water
planning and land management and
regulatory decision making.
2. Coordinate with DCA on revisions to the State Land / (OWP) DCA is evaluating whether
Development Plan. (DCA, DEP, & WMDs, 1995.) to complete a revision of the State
Land Development Plan.
3. Coordinate with DOT on revisions to the State (OIP) Little progress, but OIP plans
Transportation Plan. (DEP, 1995.) to assist this effort in the future.
4. Coordinate with the Governor's Office on revisions to the No revisions to the State Compre-
State Comprehensive Plan. (DEP & Governor's Office, hensive Plan are proposed at this
Ongoing) time. However, OIP has discussed
with OPB the possibility of initiating
efforts to integrate the FWP, FTP,
and SLDP as provided in Section
186.009(2)(n), F.S.
5. Coordinate with DACS on the Pesticide Review Council / (ERP) (DWF) Underway
and on implementing programs to prevent water contami-
nation from agricultural chemicals. (DEP & DACS,
Ongoing.)
6. Coordinate with HRS on Interagency Agreements relating / (DWF)
to drinking water and septic tank management (DEP &
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7. Through continuation of the Reuse Coordinating + (DWF) The Reuse Coordinating
Committee, coordinate statewide efforts to increase reuse Committee continues to meet.
of reclaimed water (DEP, WMDs, PSC, Ongoing.)
Coordination Strategy 2.4: Improve coordination
between DEP and WMD programs.
1. Continue and enhance the coordination role of the Water ( (OWP) The Executive Order
Resources Coordinating Commission. (DEP, WMDs & establishing the WRCC was repealed
Governors Office, Ongoing.) but the coordination process is
continuing.
2. Continue and enhance DEP participation in WMD I DEP and the WMDs continue to
Executive Director's Meetings. (DEP & WMDs, 1995 perform this function, through other
Ongoing.) mechanisms.
3. Implement streamlined permitting. (DEP & WMDs, 1996- (ERP) ERP became effective
Ongoing.) 10/6/95; Linkage of ERP & SSL
became effective 10/12/95; Joint
Coastal Permit became effective
10/12/95; Pilot State Programmatic
General Permit became effective
10/3/95.
4. Implement improvements in the DEP/WMD rule review / (OWP) Improved rule tracking and
process. (DEP & WMDs, 1996.) coordination.
5. Continue and enhance the FWP/DWMP Work Group, with I (OWP) Rule review is in progress.
particular emphasis on identifying the amount and sources Other efforts, like the Land & Water
of supplemental funding needed, and developing consensus Planning Work Group, and the
on how to implement the July 20, 1995 revisions to Chap- Minimum Flows and Levels Work
ter 62-40, F.A.C. (DEP & WMDs, 1996, Ongoing.) Group, are successors to the
FWP/DWMP Work Group.
Coordination Strategy 2.5: Improve regional
coordination between the DEP, WMDs, DCA and
Regional Planning Councils.
1. Conduct regular executive-level meetings among DEP, the / (NWD)
WMDs, DCA and Regional Planning Councils to evaluate I (OEM) Florida Regional Councils
and enhance water resource management. (DEP, WMDs, Association is proposing to arrange
& Rec. & Parks, 1996-Ongoing.) such meetings, and DCA and OEM
will be participating.
2. Establish a regular staff forum among DEP, the WMDs, i (DMR) FNAI currently provides data
DCA, GFWFC, and Regional Planning Councils to and Rec. & Parks maps.
exchange technical information and facilitate technical / (NWD) Working toward this at
assistance to local governments. (DEP, WMDs, DCA, District level.
GFWFC & Rec. & Parks, 1996-97-Continuing.) / (OIP) Assisting with establishing
and developing the EAR
consultation teams to implement
EMIS Strategy P-4.
3. Provide special emphasis on water resource management ( (OIP) OIP has recommended to OPB
issues in agency reviews of Strategic Regional Policy and the RPCs that all SRPPs adopt
Plans. (DEP & WMDs, 1995-Ongoing.) EM and watershed management
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4. Develop mechanisms to make possible the routine sharing / (ERP) ERP permit data share to be
of existing permit and GIS information between DEP, on-line Fall 1996; S. Fl.
WMDs and Rec. & Parks. (DEP, WMDs, & Rec. & Parks, Conservation Plan serving as pilot
Ongoing.) on GIS data share.
5. Provide opportunities for collaborative involvement and I (OIP) Available to identify opportu-
participation of RPCs in DEP and WMD environmental nities and assist with coordination
resource management planning and data gathering pro- and implementation.
grams. (DEP, WMDs & Rec. & Parks, 1996 Ongoing.) (Need to designate a lead program).
Coordination Strategy 2.6: Improve coordination with
local governments.
1. Create and/or strengthen technical assistance and review / (OWP) All DEP District Offices.
teams to work directly with local government planners and
decision-makers in ecosystem management (DEP &
WMDs, 1996.)
2. Develop regular forums for providing technical assistance I (OWP) Not fully implemented, but a
to local governments on all water resource management variety of mechanisms are used to
issues. (DEP, WMDs, & Rec. & Parks, 1996-97 provide technical assistance to local
Ongoing.) governments.
3. Coordinate with the Florida Local Environmental (OIP) Ongoing
Regulators Association (FLERA) to broaden local govern- I
ment participation in statewide water resource manage-
ment. (DEP, Ongoing.)
Coordination Strategy 2.7: Improve interstate and
federal-level coordination.
1. Complete the basin assessment for the Apalachi- I (OWP) Several study elements have
cola/Chattahoochee/Flint (ACF) River system. (USACE, been completed final report
DEP, Governor's Office, NWFWMD, Georgia, & scheduled for completion by
Alabama, 1996.) December, 1997.
2. Following completion of ACF basin assessment, develop / (OWP) The Governors of Florida,
an interstate compact with the states of Georgia and Georgia, and Alabama have agreed
Alabama on management of the Apalachicola, Chatta- on the basic aspects of an interstate
hoochee, and Flint River system. (USACE, DEP, Gover- compact, to be submitted to the state
nor's Office, NWFWMD, Georgia & Alabama, Ongoing.) legislatures and Congress for
ratification in 1997, followed by
development of a formula for
managing water resources of the
ACF Basin.
3. Continue efforts of the Suwannee River Coordinating I (OWP) In progress.
Council to develop a comprehensive management plan for
the Suwannee River basin. (SRWMD, USGS, DEP, DCA,
local governments & state of Georgia, Ongoing.)
4. Continue participation in appropriate national water re- I (DMR/BCAMA): Fl. Keys National
source-related organizations. (DEP & WMDs, Ongoing.) Marine Sanctuary, NEPs, NERRs.
5. Continue cooperative efforts with the state of Georgia on I (OWP) Ongoing effort by SJRWMD.
management of the St. Marys River. (SJRWMD & state of
Georgia, Ongoing.)






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6. Maintain close coordination with the Florida congressional + (SFWMD) Everglades
delegation on water resource-related issues. (DEP & appropriations in the 1995 Water
WMDs, Ongoing.) Resources Development Act and
Farm Bill.
S (OIP) This is an ongoing respon-
sibility of Congressional Affairs
Liaison. (Need to enhance
communication between DEP &
WMDs on Congressional issues).
7. Improve early coordination in the planning and design of / (DMR/FMRI)
federal activities, permits, and funding decisions to ensure 1 (NWD) Bayou Chico maintenance
consistency with state watershed management, ecosystem dredging.
management, and water quality enhancement efforts. / (OIP) This is the primary goal of
(DEP, WMDs, & USACE Ongoing.) OIP's State Clearinghouse
coordination responsibilities.
8. Continue efforts to streamline and coordinate state and / (ERP) Pilot State Programmatic
federal wetland permitting programs through the develop- General Permit effective 10/3/95,
ment of a comprehensive State Programmatic General pilot expanded to balance of NE
Permit. (DEP, WMDs, & USACE, 1997.) District 9/96, negotiations underway
on statewide expansion.
9. Establish more effective communication on all EPA- + (OWP) New EPA/DEP agreement
delegated programs, and streamline the DEP/EPA work- signed, redefining working
plan development and reporting process. relationship between the two
agencies.
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 progress on implementing the FWP and
District Water Management Plans.
1. Prepare annual Status Reports on progress toward imple- + (OWP) Accomplished by each WMD
mentation of each District Water Management Plan. in 1995 and 1996
(WMDs & DEP, 1996 Continuing.)
2. Prepare an annual Status Report on progress on + (OWP) First report in March, 1997.
implementation of Florida Water Plan. (DEP & WMDs.
1996 Continuing.)
Evaluation Strategy 3.2: Implement a long-term
process for evaluation and updating the Florida Water
Plan and District Water Management Plans, including
benchmarks for assessing progress.
1. Prepare operational benchmarks for jointly evaluating / (OWP, OEM) Progress on 1995
program effectiveness. (DEP & WMDs, 1996.) FWP action steps assessed; Prelimi-
nary resource-based measures
included in Progress reports for FWP
and DWMPs.







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2. Continue development and refinement of the Strategic / (OEM) Indicators for individual
Assessment of Florida's Environment (SAFE) project. Ecosystem Mgt. Areas are being
(DEP & FSU, 1996 Ongoing.) developed.
3. Continue production of the Clean Water Act s. 305(b) / (DWF)
Statewide Water Quality Assessment Reports. (DEP, 1995
Ongoing.)
4. Complete Ecosystem Audit and Evaluation Reports. (DEP, (OEM) Ongoing effort.
1996 Continuing.)
5. Establish a process involving DEP, the WMDs, the Will be done at a later date.
Governor's Office, local governments and the public to
conduct 5-year assessments of the FWP and recommend
changes. (DEP lead, 1997 Continuing.)
6. Prepare Evaluation Report of the statewide effectiveness of Will be done at a later date.
DEP and WMD strategies. (DEP & WMDs, at least every
5 years after 1995).
7. Revise District Water Management Plans at least every Will be done at a later date.
five years. (WMDs, 1999 Continuing.)




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