Management and Storage of Surface Waters (Florida)

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Place Florida

Applies to States or Provinces Florida
Name Management and Storage of Surface Waters (Florida)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Water management districts: and

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


The Department of Environmental Protection regulates the use and storage of surface waters in the state. A permit from either the Department or the local Water Management District is required for the construction or alteration of any stormwater management system, dam, impoundment, reservoir, appurtenant work, or works. Specific regulations for such permits may be implemented by the Department or the relevant District. However, notwithstanding any local rules, the Department is authorized to implement and enforce statewide environmental resource permitting rules governing the construction, alteration, operation, maintenance, repair, abandonment, and removal of any stormwater management system, dam, impoundment, reservoir, appurtenant work, works, or any combination thereof. Permits are also required for certain proposed activities in or adjacent to surface waters or wetlands, and applicants must demonstrate that state water quality standards will not be violated and provide reasonable assurance that such activity in, on, or over surface waters or wetlands is not contrary to the public interest. This legislation contains additional water planning information specific to individual water management districts.

Policy Contact

Department Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Address 2600 Blair Stone Road M.S. 3500

Place Tallahassee, Florida
Zip/Postal Code 32399
Phone 850-245-8336

Fax 850-245-8356


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Fla. Stat. 373.403 through 373.468

Authority 2: Fla. Admin. Code 62-4 (Permits)

Authority 3: Fla. Admin. Code 62-43 (Surface Water Improvement and Management Act)

Authority 4: Fla. Admin. Code 62-302 (Surface Water Quality Standards)