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2021 Handbook of Florida Water Regulation: Table of Contents

Michael T. Olexa, Tatiana Boriosva, and Jana Caracciolo


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decisions on which this handbook is based are subject to constant revision, portions of this publication could become outdated at any time.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 provided as an educational text for those interested in water use and water resource issues in Florida.

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, 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. Note: UF/IFAS is the acronym for University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents (FE579)

  • Introduction (FE580)

  • State Regulatory Powers (FE581)

  • Clean Water Act (FE582)

  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (FE583)

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

  • Florida Pollutant Discharge Prevention and Control Act (FE585)

  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act [Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization 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 and the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (FE591)

  • Protection and Management of Endangered Species (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)

  • Agricultural Best Management Practices (FE600)

  • State Groundwater Discharge Regulations (FE601)

  • Federal Groundwater Discharge Regulations (FE602)

  • Water Wells (FE603)

  • Consumptive Use (FE604)

  • Management and Storage of Surface Waters (FE605)

  • Activities in Wetlands (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 Systems (FE614)

  • Appendix (FE615)

  • Contact Agencies (FE616)

  • Notes and Glossary (FE617)

  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts (FE1017)

  • Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act (FE1019)

  • Florida Water Resources Policy (FE1043)


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 James S. and Dorothy F. Wershow UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Law Endowment.

Table 1. Description of handbook contents, by topic.

Publication #FE579

Date:June 18th, 2021

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