Chapter 2008-232, Laws of Florida, established the Leah Schad Memorial Ocean Outfall Program that prohibits the construction of new domestic wastewater ocean outfalls, sets out a timeline for the elimination of existing domestic wastewater ocean outfalls by 2025, and requires that a majority of the wastewater previously discharged to the ocean be beneficially reused. This Act noted that the discharge of domestic wastewater through ocean outfalls wastes valuable water supplies that should be reclaimed for beneficial purposes to meet public and natural system demands. The Legislature determined that the discharge of domestic wastewater through ocean outfalls compromises the coastal environment, quality of life, and local economies that depend on those resources.
The Department of Environmental Protection has developed a tracking spreadsheet of all implementation dates required by the Act and continually meets internally and with affected permittees to work through any issues and to help ensure that steady progress is made toward implementation.
For more information on the Department of Environmental Protection’s Wastewater Program, please visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wastewater/index.htm
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