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DEP welcomes new director of water policy

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently welcomed Ryan Matthews as the new Director of the Office of Water Policy. Matthews will be responsible for overseeing the coordination and implementation of Florida’s statewide water policy issues with water management districts and other agencies.

“Ryan will be a tremendous asset to the department and Office of Water Policy,” said DEP Secretary Jon Steverson. “His education and experience will enable him to coordinate and address Florida’s most pressing water issues with water management districts, local governments and stakeholders.”

Matthews earned his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law and an L.L.M. in Environmental/Natural Resources Law from University of Denver-Sturm College of Law. He brings experience from both the private and public sectors, where he focused on issues relating to the environment, water standards and growth management at local, state and federal levels. Most recently, he served as first assistant general counsel and associate director of Legislative Affairs for the Florida League of Cities.