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Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Morning Nature Walk

Runs through Saturday, June 11th, 2016 

Time & Place

8:00 - 9:30 AM EDT
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park; 465 Wakulla Park Drive; Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

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Free with regular park admission.

Join a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities. Enjoy the habitat before the heat of the day sets in. The perfume of magnolia blossoms may still linger in the air. Glean tidbits of park history and observe the nuances of nature with the aid of your guide. Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge.

Additional Information:

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Space is limited. Please call 850-561-7286 to register.

Participation Requirements

More Information

PSS Jeff Hugo | 850-561-7286 | Email | Web | Map

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Wakulla Spring, Wakulla River

 

Wildlife Ranger Camp (10, 11, and 12 year olds)

Runs through Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 

Time & Place

9:00 AM June 11 - 2:00 PM EDT June 15
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park ; 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19); Homosassa, FL 34446

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$75.00 registration fee includes regular park admission, a t-shirt and supplies.

The Wildlife Ranger Camp program is held at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Camp topics include learning about Florida's wildlife, preserving natural resources, and wildlife habitats. Indoor and outdoor activities are included. The program is limited to 20 campers. The June Wildlife Ranger Camp is for children ages 10, 11, and 12 year olds. The camp hours are from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm each day.

Additional Information:

The Wildlife Ranger Camp takes place in the Wildlife Park. The June camp is for 8 and 9 year olds.

In order to participate in this program, one:

* Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instruction independently or with the assistance of a companion

* Must have the ability to board and disembark from the tram independently or with the assistance of a companion

* Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors (including Florida's climate extremes) for a period of at least 2 hours per day

* Must have the ability to withstand periods of full exposure to the sun

* Must have the ability to withstand exposure to very high humidity for extended periods of time

* Must have the ability to move quickly to a place of shelter if necessary either independently or with the assistance of a companion

* Must be able to traverse uneven grassy terrain either independently or with the assistance of a companion

More Information

Rene Poppe, Park Services Specialist | (352) 628-5343, ext. 1004 | Email | Web | Map

Find Related Info:

Homosassa Springs

 

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Wildlife Ranger Camp (8 and 9 year olds)

Runs through Friday, June 17th, 2016 

Time & Place

9:00 AM June 13 - 2:00 PM EDT June 17
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park ; 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19); Homosassa, FL 34446

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$75.00 registration fee includes regular park admission, a t-shirt and supplies.

The Wildlife Ranger Camp program is held at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Camp topics include learning about Florida's wildlife, preserving natural resources, and wildlife habitats. Indoor and outdoor activities are included. The program is limited to 20 campers. The June Wildlife Ranger Camp is for children ages 8 and 9 years old. The camp hours are from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm each day.

Additional Information:

The Wildlife Ranger Camp takes place in the Wildlife Park. The June camp is for 8 and 9 year olds.

Participation Requirements

More Information

Rene Poppe, Park Services Specialist | (352) 628-5343, ext. 1004 | Email | Web | Map

Find Related Info:

Homosassa Springs

 

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Weeki Wachee Springs BMAP Meeting

Runs through Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Southwest Florida Water Management District Office, Room 112; 2379 Broad Street; Brooksville, FL 34604

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Announcing a Technical Meeting for the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for Weeki Wachee Spring and River. Topics will include a review of the BMAP process and a presentation on the nutrient source inventory for the basin. The BMAP is the means for implementation of the adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Terry Hansen, Watershed Planning and Coordination Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3565, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, or by e-mail terry.hansen@dep.state.fl.us. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Terry Hansen at (850) 245-8561. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

Once this notice is published you will be able to view it by clicking the WEB link below.

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources.

More Information

Terry Hansen | 850-245-8561 | Email | Web | Map

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Weeki Wachee Springs

 

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Junior Ranger Program

Runs through Friday, June 17th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 - 12:00 AM EDT
Fanning Springs State Park; 18020 N.W. HWY 19; Fanning Springs, FL 32693

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Free with regular park admission.

Become a Florida State Park Junior Ranger through games and interactive learning. Learn about the aquifer and Florida Springs. Earn a badge and one free entry into a Florida State Park. All Ages Welcome.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

More Information

Sarah Kolb | 352-463-3420 | Email | Web | Map

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Fanning Springs, Suwannee River

 

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Volusia Blue Spring BMAP Meeting

Runs through Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Volusia County Historic Courthouse, Training Room (2nd Floor, Rm 204); 125 W. New York Ave; DeLand, FL 32720

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Announcing a meeting for the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for Volusia Blue Spring, to be held on June 21, 2016 at 2:00PM at the Volusia County Courthouse, Training Room (2nd Floor, Rm 204). This meeting is open to the public.


DRAFT AGENDA:

- Welcome and Opening Remarks

- Review of BMAP Process for Volusia Blue Spring

- Nutrient Source Inventory and Water Quality Projects

- Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act

- Adjourn

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources.

More Information

Moira Homann | 850-245-8460 | Email | Web | Map

Find Related Info:

Volusia Blue Spring, Manatees

 

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Crystal River / Kings Bay BMAP Meeting

Runs through Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Crystal River City Hall, 123 NW Highway 19; Crystal River, FL 34428

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Announcing a meeting for the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for Crystal River / Kings Bay. More information on the Crystal River/Kings Bay meeting will be sent out closer to the meeting date.

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources.

More Information

Terry Hansen | 850-245-8561 | Email | Map

Find Related Info:

Manatees

 

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Springs and Stars Event

Runs through Saturday, June 25th, 2016 

Time & Place

8:00 - 11:00 PM EDT
Lafayette Blue Springs State Park; 799 NW Blue Spring Road; Mayo, FL 32066

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Free with regular park admission or campsite fee.

Join the University of Florida Astro Outreach and park staff at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park for a night under the stars. The Springs and Stars event is a stargazing session plus educational activities. Telescopes will be set-up for viewing celestial objects such as planets, stars, and galaxies in the night sky along with constellation tours. Our educational activities use everyday, ordinary objects to introduce key and complex science concepts about the universe in an engaging and understandable way. Interactive, hands-on activities include making a pocket solar system, walking out the scale of the universe, and astronomy in a cup. Also, enjoy thought-provoking conversations with the team of traveling astronomers.

The park gate will stay open late. Stop by for stargazing or come early to set up camp on one of our first-come, first-served tent campsites and stay all night, sleeping under the stars.

Additional Information:

University of Florida Astro Outreach Website (link is external)

Facebook Event Link (link is external)

Participation Requirements

More Information

(386) 294-3667 | Email | Map

Find Related Info:

Suwannee River

 

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP Meeting

Runs through Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Woodville Community Center; 8000 Old Woodville Road; Tallahassee, FL 32305

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This is a meeting of the OSTDS Advisory Committee associated with the Wakulla Springs Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). Septic systems were identified as contributors to water quality impairment of the Wakulla Springs system. Meeting items will include technical discussions on possible approaches for addressing onsite sewage treatment disposal system loadings to Wakulla Springs.

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources.

The FTP site for documents pertaining to the Wakulla Springs BMAP: http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/DEAR/BMAP/Upper%20Wakulla/.

MEETING AGENDA

  1. Welcome and Opening Remarks

  2. Advisory Committee

    1. Introductions

    2. Overviews

      1. Operating Procedures and Guidance

      2. Sunshine Law

  3. Review of Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP

  4. Priority Focus Areas (PFAs) Boundaries

  5. Identification of Three Main "Prongs" of the OSTDS Remediation Plan

    1. Projects

      1. Summary of BMAP projects that address OSTDS sources

      2. Other projects funded/started since BMAP adoption

    2. Scientific Information

      1. Data availability and sufficiency

        1. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

        2. Florida Department of Health (FDOH)

    3. Education

      1. Research/studies (planned/underway/completed)

  6. Public Comments

  7. Summary and Action Items

    1. Next meeting date

    2. Summary of action items

  8. Adjourn


More Information

Moira Homann | 850-245-8460 | Email | Web | Map

Find Related Info:

Wakulla Spring, Wakulla River

 

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Wacissa River and Springs TMDL Rule Development Workshop

Runs through Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 

Time & Place

10:00 AM EDT
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, Conference Room A; 3900 Commonwealth Blvd, Tallahassee, FL

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The department is noticing a rule development workshop to receive public comments on 1) a draft nutrient TMDL report for the Wacissa River and Springs Group (WBIDs 3424 and 3424Z) and 2) having these nutrient TMDLs, if adopted, constitute site specific numeric interpretations of the narrative nutrient criterion set forth in paragraph 62-302.530(47)(b), F.A.C., that would replace the otherwise applicable numeric nutrient criteria in subsection 62-302.531(2), F.A.C., for these particular waters. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

The draft TMDL document for these impaired waters will be placed on the Department’s TMDL website prior to the workshop, and will be provided upon request to interested parties by mail or via email distribution. The Department will accept written comments on these draft TMDLs, as well as the establishment of these nutrient TMDLs as site specific interpretations of the narrative nutrient criterion, through July 20, 2016. Written comments should be directed to: Richard Hicks, PG Administrator, Ground Water Management Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Mail Station #3575, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, email: richard.w.hicks@dep.state.fl.us.

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources.

More Information

Richard Hicks, P.G. | 850-245-8229 | Email | Web | Map

 
 

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