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Handbook of Florida Water Regulation: Contact Agencies1

Michael T. Olexa, Tatiana Borisova, and Jarrett Davis2

Preface

This handbook is designed to provide an accurate, current, and authoritative summary of the principal federal and state (Florida) laws that directly or indirectly relate to agriculture. This handbook provides a basic overview of the many rights and responsibilities that farmers and farmland owners have under both federal and state laws as well as the appropriate contact information to obtain more detailed information. However, the reader should be aware that because the laws, administrative rulings, and court decisions on which this handbook is based are subject to constant revision, portions of this publication could become outdated at any time. Several details of cited laws are also left out due to space limitations.

This handbook is distributed with the understanding that the authors are not engaged in rendering legal or other professional advice, and the information contained herein should not be regarded as a substitute for professional advice. This handbook is not all inclusive in providing information to achieve compliance with the federal and state laws and regulations governing water protection. For these reasons, the use of these materials by any person constitutes an agreement to hold harmless the authors, the UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law, the UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law, and UF/IFAS Extension for any liability claims, damages, or expenses that may be incurred by any person as a result of reference to or reliance on the information contained in this handbook.

Florida Agencies

S-1. Florida Water Management Districts

Southwest Florida Water Management District
2379 Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34604
(352) 796-7211
http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/
South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
(561) 686-8800
http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/sfwmdmain/hom%20page
St. Johns River Water Management District
4049 Reid Street (Highway 100 West)
Palatka, FL 32178
(386) 329-4500
http://www.sjrwmd.com

Suwannee River Water Management District
9225 County Road 49
Live Oak, FL 32060
(386) 362-1001
http://www.srwmd.state.fl.us/
Northwest Florida Water Management District
81 Water Management Drive
Havana, FL 32333-4712
(850) 539-5999
http://www.nwfwater.com/

S-2. Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
3900 Commonwealth Blvd M.S. 49
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 245-2018
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/

S-3. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Farris Bryant Building
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
(850) 488-4676
http://myfwc.com/

S-4. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Capitol, Plaza Level Ten,
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
1-800-435-7352
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/

FDACS – Division of Agricultural Environmental Services
3125 Conner Boulevard, Suite E
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650
(850) 617-7900
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Agricultural-Environmental-Services

FDACS—Florida Forest Service
3125 Conner Boulevard, Suite J
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650
(850) 681-5800
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service

FDACS—Office of Agricultural Water Policy
The Mayo Building
407 South Calhoun Street, Mail Stop E1
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
(850) 617-1700

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Agricultural-Water-Policy

S-5. Florida Department of Health

Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health, Onsite Sewage Programs
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin#A08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1710
(850) 245-4250
http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/onsite-sewage/index.html

S-6. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Caldwell Building
107 East Madison Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-4120
(850) 245-7105
http://www.floridajobs.org/

S-7. Florida State Emergency Response Commission for Hazardous Materials

Florida Division of Emergency Management
2555 Shumard Oak Blvd
Tallahassee, Fl 32399-2100
(850) 815-4000
http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp

EPA National Offices and Telephone Numbers

F-1. Safe Drinking Water Hotline

Hotline provides information on EPA drinking water regulations and programs, including local drinking water quality, drinking water standards, large capacity residential septic systems, etc.

Monday–Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM, EST

Toll free (800) 426-4791

F-2. Environmental Emergency—National Response Center

NRC is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for reporting spills and environmental violations.

Toll free (800) 424-8802

F-3. Toxic Chemical Release Emergencies (EPCRA)

EPCRA Hotline is for reporting toxic chemical releases into the environment.

Monday–Friday, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM, EST

Toll free (800) 424-9346

F-4. TSCA Assistance Information Service

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) provides information about toxic substances and compliance with TSCA regulations.

Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM, EST

(202) 554-1404

F-5. National Pesticide Information Center

Hotline provides information on pesticides and pesticide poisonings, and spills and exposure.

Monday–Friday, 11:00 AM–3:00 PM, EST

Toll free (800) 858-7378

In case of an immediate emergency, call 911

Numbers within EPA Region 4 (includes Florida)

L-1. General Information for Region 4

United States Environmental Protection Agency
61 Forsyth Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Toll free (800) 241-1754
http://www2.epa.gov/aboutpa/about-epa-region-4-southeast

L-2. Hazardous Waste Enforcement and Compliance Section

United States Environmental Protection Agency
RCRA Enforcement, Tenth Floor
61 Forsyth Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 562-8594

Supervises compliance with RCRA and resolves citizen problems dealing with hazardous waste management.

L-3. Groundwater and SDWA Enforcement Section

US EPA Region 4 Ground Water and SDWA Enforcement Section
Safe Drinking Water Branch
61 Forsyth Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303-8960
(404) 562-9399

L-4. Emergency Superfund Branch

Handles response to spills and other CERCLA/RCRA issues.

Toll free (800) 424-8802 (National Response Center)

(404) 562-8700 (EPA Region 4)

L-5. Water Protection Division

Compliance with Clean Water Act and groundwater programs
(404) 562-9345
Municipalities and Wastewater Treatment Plants
(404) 562-9304

Acknowledgments

The authors are indebted to the personnel of both state and federal agencies who provided their time and advice in the preparation of this handbook. We acknowledge Carol Fountain and Susan Gildersleeve at the University of Florida for their assistance in editing this handbook. We also acknowledge funding received for updating this publication from the 2016 Wells Fargo Extension Professional Award and Program Enhancement Grant (Principal Investigator is Tatiana Borisova).

Footnotes

1.

This document is FE616, one of a series of the Food and Resource Economics Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date December 2005. Revised June 2017. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

2.

Michael T. Olexa, professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, and director, UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law; Tatiana Borisova, associate professor, Food and Resource Economics Department; and Jarrett Davis, student, Levin College of Law; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.