The Florida Water Resources Act of 1972 still retains its core principles as to Florida’s Water Policy. The act recognizes that the waters of the state are among its basic resources and that water resources had not previously been conserved or controlled so as to maximize their beneficial use. Thus, the protection and continued maintenance of the integrity of water resources, hydrologic systems, and the ecology associated with them are fundamental principles and goals of Florida water law. The act established and declared that water be a public resource to be managed in the public interest.

Water Supply, Use and Public Policy