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Handbook of Florida Water Regulation: Table of Contents1

Michael T. Olexa and Sean Crisafulli2


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decisions on which this handbook is based are subject to constant revision, portions of this publication could become outdated at any time.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 Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and the University of Florida 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.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (FE580)

  • State Regulatory Powers (FE581)

  • Clean Water Act (FE582)

  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (FE583)

  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (FE584)

  • Florida Pollutant Discharge Prevention and Control Act (FE585)

  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (FE586)

  • Safe Drinking Water Act (FE587)

  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FE588)

  • Food Quality Protection Act (FE589)

  • Florida Pesticide Law (FE590)

  • Toxic Substances Control Act (FE591)

  • Endangered Species Act (FE592)

  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FE593)

  • Florida Water Management Districts (FE594)

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FE595)

  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FE596)

  • Florida Department of Health (FE597)

  • Private Regulation (FE598)

  • Florida Right-to-Farm Act (FE599)

  • Environmentally Safe Practices (FE600)

  • Groundwater Discharge Regulations at the State Level (FE601)

  • Groundwater Discharge Regulations at the Federal Level (FE602)

  • Water Wells (FE603)

  • Consumptive Use (FE604)

  • Management and Storage of Surface Waters (FE605)

  • Activities in Wetlands and Watersheds (FE606)

  • Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act (FE607)

  • Florida Watershed Restoration Act (FE608)

  • Florida Everglades Forever Act (FE609)

  • Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program (FE610)

  • Solid Waste Management (FE611)

  • Hazardous Waste Management (FE612)

  • Pollutant Storage Tank Systems (FE613)

  • Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal (FE614)

  • Appendix (FE615)

  • Contact Agencies (FE616)

  • Notes and Glossary (FE617)


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 wish to acknowledge Carol Fountain and Travis Prescott at the University of Florida for their assistance in editing this handbook.



This is EDIS document FE579, a publication of the Food and Resource Economics Department, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL. Published December 2005, revised June 2011 and April 2015. Please visit the EDIS website at


Michael T. Olexa, professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, and director, UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law, University of Florida, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL, and member of The Florida Bar. Sean Crisafulli, student, Levin College of Law, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

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.