NPDES and Aquatic Plant Management in Florida
Recent court rulings compelled the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state counterparts to develop NPDES regulations for pesticide applications to, over, or near waters of the United States. These regulations went into effect on October 31, 2011. EPA allowed each state to develop their own Pesticide General Permit (PGP) provided it addresses the basic provisions in the version administered nationally by the EPA. In Florida, authority for implementation is delegated to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Florida DEP, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) worked closely with the EPA in developing the Florida Pesticide Generic Permit authorized in Rule 62-621.300(8), Florida Administrative Code.