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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) (64 pp, 850K)
(Effective June 27, 2013) This document establishes water quality standards for surface waters.  Not all sections are effective for Clean Water Act purposes; please refer to cover letter.
Section 62-303 - Identification of Impaired Surface Waters (PDF) (23 pp, 330K)
(Effective June 27, 2013) This document establishes the methodology and protocols by which the state identifies, lists, and delists impaired surface waters.
Section 62-4—Permits (PDF) (36 pp, 243K)
(Effective December 13, 2006) This document contains all of Section 62-4. Please note that only section 62-4.244 Mixing Zones: Surface Waters was updated in December of 2006.
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 (PDF) (3 pp, 91K)
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.

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

Federal Regulations, 40 CFR 131.43
(Effective March 6, 2012) On November 14, 2010, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson signed Final “Water Quality Standards for the State of Florida’s Lakes and Flowing Waters.” The final standards set numeric limits, or criteria, on the amount of nutrient pollution allowed in Florida’s lakes, rivers, streams and springs. This final action seeks to improve water quality, protect public health, aquatic life and the long term recreational uses of Florida’s waters which are a critical part of the State’s economy. The rule will take effect on March 6, 2012 except for the site-specific alternative criteria (SSAC) provision, which is effective February 4, 2011. Visit http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/florida_index.cfm for more information.
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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