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2021 Handbook of Florida Water Regulation: Contact Agencies

Michael T. Olexa, Tatiana Borisova, 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decisions on which this handbook is based are subject to constant revision, portions of this publication could become outdated at any time.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.

Florida Agencies

S-1. Florida Water Management Districts

Southwest Florida Water Management District

2379 Broad Street

Brooksville, FL 34604

(352) 796-7211

South Florida Water Management District

3301 Gun Club Road

West Palm Beach, FL 33406

(561) 686-8800

St. Johns River Water Management District

4049 Reid Street (Highway 100 West)

Palatka, FL 32178

(386) 329-4500

Suwannee River Water Management District

9225 County Road 49

Live Oak, FL 32060

(386) 362-1001

Northwest Florida Water Management District

81 Water Management Drive

Havana, FL 32333-4712

(850) 539-5999

S-2. Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

3900 Commonwealth Blvd M.S. 49

Tallahassee, FL 32399

(850) 245-2018

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

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


FDACS – Division of Agricultural Environmental Services

3125 Conner Boulevard, Suite E

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650

(850) 617-7900

FDACS—Florida Forest Service

3125 Conner Boulevard, Suite J

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650

(850) 681-5800

FDACS—Office of Agricultural Water Policy

The Mayo Building

407 South Calhoun Street, Mail Stop E1

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800

(850) 617-1700

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

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

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

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, 8:00 AM–4:30 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, 8:00 AM–12:00 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

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


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 Agricultural Law Endowment.

Also Available in: Español

Publication #FE616

Release Date:June 23, 2021

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About this Publication

This document is FE616, one of a series of the Food and Resource Economics Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date October 1998. Revised June 2017 and April 2021. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication.

About the Authors

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 Jana Caracciolo, student, Levin College of Law; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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