Public workshops on rule development for statewide consumptive use permitting consistency (“CUPcon”) will be hosted in August by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Suwannee River Water Management District (District).
The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7 at the District headquarters, 9225 County Road 49 in Live Oak. The second will be held in Chiefland on Wednesday, August 8 at the Tommy Usher Community Center, 506 SW 4th Ave. Both meetings will begin at 9 a.m. All interested parties are invited to attend.
The purpose of the CUPcon workshops is to inform the public about a statewide effort, led by FDEP, to improve consistency in the consumptive/water use permitting programs implemented by the five water management districts.
Consumptive use permitting rules, developed under the authority of Ch. 373, F.S., are inconsistent among the districts. This results in confusion for the regulated public, particularly along the border areas of the districts, and inequitable treatment of similar applicants in different districts. The development of separate procedures and rules also is costly and inefficient.
The goals of CUPcon are to make water-use permitting programs less confusing for applicants; to treat applicants equitably statewide; to streamline the process; to provide consistent protection of the environment; and to provide incentives for behavior that protects water resources (such as water conservation).
The agenda for both workshops includes an overview of CUPcon and discussion of proposed rule changes to Chapter 62-40, F.A.C.; permit types/thresholds; conditions of issuance; water conservation; 10-year compliance report; compliance monitoring; and specific water management district rule amendments. Public comment will be invited and updates on other CUPcon workgroups will be provided.
For more information visit the CUPcon page on DEP’s website at or contact Carlos Herd at 386.362.1001 or 800.226.1066 (FL toll free).