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Repository of Documents: Florida

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Federal Regulations, 40 CFR 131.41
(Effective December 16, 2004) Federal regulations establishing bacteria criteria for coastal and Great Lakes waters. This regulation is also known as the Beach Rule.
Federal Regulations, 40 CFR 131.36
Toxics criteria for those states not complying with Clean Water Act §303(c)(2)(B). This federal regulation establishes water quality criteria for certain toxic pollutants. The regulation is also known as the National Toxics Rule.

Sections of Florida Administrative Code addressing water quality standards

Section 62-302 - Surface Water Quality Standards (PDF) (163 pp, 2.9MB)
(Effective May 19, 2015) This document establishes water quality standards for surface waters.  Not all sections are effective for Clean Water Act purposes; please refer to cover page and the following attachments:
  • Attachment A – Provisions of the March 2013 Implementation Document that constitute new or revised WQS
  • Attachment B – Provisions of the Process for Reclassifying the Designated Uses of Florida Surface Waters document that constitute new or revised water quality standards.
  • Attachment C - Provisions of the SCI Primer Document that constitute new or revised water quality standards
  • Attachment D – Information on Senate Bill 1808 and the Numeric Nutrient Criteria Contained in the Governor’s Report
  • Attachment E – Information Related to Endangered Species Specific Dissolved Oxygen Criteria
  • Attachment F - List of CWA Effective Type I and Type II SSACs
Section 62-303 - Identification of Impaired Surface Waters (PDF) (27 pp, 362K)
(Effective November 12, 2014) This document establishes the methodology and protocols by which the state identifies, lists, and delists impaired surface waters. Not all sections are effective for Clean Water Act purposes; please refer to cover page.
Section 62-4—Permits (PDF) (44 pp, 472K)
(Effective November 12, 2014) This document contains all of Section 62-4, although only 62-4.242 through 62-4.246 include water quality standards provisions. Not all sections are effective for Clean Water Act purposes; please refer to cover page.
Sections 62-600.120 and 62-660.300, F.A.C. (PDF) (5 pp, 40K)
Exemptions for Domestic Wastewater Facilities and Industrial Wastewater Facilities.
Section 62-611 (PDF) (4 pp, 304K)
This document contains sections 62-611.450, 62-611.500, and 62-611.600 that address treatment and receiving wetland, including discharge limits, permitting requirements, and standards apply within the waterbodies.

Site Specific Alternative Criteria (SSACs) Established by Florida

Site Specific Alternative Criteria for Florida 
Florida has adopted a number of Site Specific Alternative Criteria (SSACs) that are in effect for Clean Water Act purposes. SSACs are either adopted or established by Secretarial order. Historically the specific SSAC have not been listed in the Florida water quality standards regulations.

Variances Established by Florida

Water Quality Standards Variances
Florida has adopted several variances and has submitted those to EPA for approval. Historically the variances have not been listed in Florida water quality standards regulations. Additional detail regarding these EPA approved variances can be found at the link above.

Sections of Florida Statute (F.S.) addressing water quality standards

Everglades Forever Act, Section 373.4592(4)(f), F.S
Provision from Everglades Forever Act addressing best management practices in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA).
Grizzle-Figg Statute, Section 403.086, F.S.
This provision addresses sewage disposal facilities and advanced secondary treatment of discharges from such facilities.
Florida Statute (F.S.) 403.0882 Discharge of Demineralization Concentrate.
(Effective December 13, 2006) Please note that only sections 403.0882(4) and 403.0882(6) were updated in December of 2006.

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