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Water Policy and Planning

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As population in the state continues to grow, Florida must enhance and protect its domestic water supply while also meeting the water requirements of agriculture, horticulture, tourism, and industry, as well as the state's natural systems, all without placing undue pressure on its finite resources and providing for economic vitality. Florida's policies, regulations, and planning evolve over time to provide the framework for water resource use, protection and economic development. UF/IFAS Extension outreach programs provide information to empower Floridians to participate in policy discussions and develop better water resource policies, regulations, and plans (UF/IFAS Photo by Tara Piasio).

Florida Water Policy Overview UF/IFAS – Outreach Publications

UF/IFAS Water Policy Programs

  • Agricultural Best Management Practices Extension Program Best management practices are a key instrument in agricultural water resource policy. This Extension Program is aimed at educating Florida growers about practices that help them sustain yields while protecting water resources.
  • Florida Wetlands Extension Program - This Extension Program provides Floridians with a better understanding of wetlands, and it informs communities about water quality regulations, planning, and projects that can be implemented locally.
  • Program for Resource Efficient Communities – This program combines research and Extension components focusing on developing and implementing water- and energy-efficient strategies and best design practices at the community, lot, and house levels.
  • Sustainable FloridiansTM - The mission of this Program is to guide Floridians on how to take individual responsibility for protecting Earth’s limited resources.
  • Water Economics and Policy Program - Economic analysis of policy alternatives and outcomes can help communities arrive at more acceptable and balanced water policy decisions.

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