In 2008, the Florida Legislature approved and the governor signed a law requiring all wastewater utilizing ocean outfalls (OOL) for disposal of treated wastewater to:
- Reduce nutrient discharges by implementing advanced wastewater treatment by 2018 or equivalent
- Cease using the outfalls by 2025
- Reuse 60 percent of the wastewater flows by 2025
The statute was amended in 2013 to provide greater flexibility to meet the reuse requirements and to allow continued use of the outfalls for managing peak sewage flows not to exceed 5 percent of the annual baseline flows.