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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum

Runs through Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 

Time & Place

9:30AM - ? PM EST
PotashCorp (PCS); White Springs, FL

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The springs forum was created by concerned citizens to create a venue where government officials, professionals, and the public can discuss the issues and solutions to protecting our local springs. Alachua County Environmental Protection Department coordinates quarterly meetings, which are open to the public, for the working group.

The next Santa Fe Springs Protection Forum will be held on Thursday February 2nd at the PotashCorp (PCS) in White Springs. We will not have our traditional presentations format, as this event will be a field trip. This field trip will start around 9:30 AM (still finalizing some details) and will include a tour of the phosphate mine and reclamation activities. Lunch will be available on site for $5 following the tour (probably around 1:00). Space is limited to 20 participants for this field trip. Please RSVP to me to reserve your spot, do NOT assume I know you are coming. I will let everyone know when we meet our 20 registered participants and will confirm everyone’s spot with an email. I will send out more detailed information to registered participants as the details continue to come together.

We will return to our usual format for a meeting in April 2017. I am open to suggestions for speakers and topics.

I look forward to seeing 20 of you next month!

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Stacie Greco | 352-264-6829 | Email | Web

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Santa Fe River

 

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs Basin BMAP Meeting

Runs through Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 

Time & Place

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

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The next Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

This is a meeting of the Onsite Sewage Treatment Disposal System (OSTDS) Advisory Committee associated with the Wakulla Springs BMAP, as well as the Annual Meeting for the basin. Meeting items will include: technical discussions on possible approaches for addressing OSTDS loadings to Wakulla Springs, a review of the 2016 Annual Progress Report and discussion of any implementation questions and concerns for the upcoming year. Everyone is welcome to attend.

"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.

AGENDA

Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System (OSTDS)

Remediation Plan Meeting

  1. Welcome and Opening Remarks

  2. Sunshine Law Reminders

  3. Recap Items

    1. Posting Information

    2. Feedback on Education Efforts

  4. New Items/Discussion

    1. Cluster Wastewater Systems – Roxanne Groover, Florida Onsite Wastewater Association (FOWA)

    2. Septic Tank Conversion Prioritization using Geographic Information System (GIS) in the Wakulla Springs Springshed – Jamie Hughes, CDM Smith

  5. Public Comments

  6. Adjourn OSTDS Committee

Annual Update on Upper Wakulla Springs and River BMAP

        1. Springshed Nitrogen Sources/2016-1 Requirements Review – Moira Homann

        2. Update on Activities Over the Past Year

          1. DEP Summary – Moira Homann

          2. FDACS Summary – Katie Hallas

          3. Local Updates – Local Representatives

        3. Urban Turfgrass Discussion – Moira Homann/Tiffany Busby

        4. Summary and Action Items – Moira Homann/Tiffany Busby

        5. Next Meeting Date – Moira Homann

        6. Adjourn

Please note the FTP site for documents pertaining to the OSTDS Remediation Plan meetings: http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/DEAR/BMAP/Upper%20Wakulla/OSTDS%20Remediation%20Plan%20Meetings/. The FTP site for documents pertaining to the Wakulla BMAP can be found here: http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/DEAR/BMAP/Upper%20Wakulla/. For more information, contact Moira Homann, 850-245-8460 or Moira.Homann@dep.state.fl.us.

More Information

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

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Wakulla Spring, Wakulla River

 

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal BMAP Meeting

Runs through Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 

Time & Place

9:30 AM EST
Public Works West Altamonte Operations Facility (Lake Lotus Training Room); 950 Calabria Drive; Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

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The next Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017. This is a meeting of the Onsite Sewage Treatment Disposal System (OSTDS) Advisory Committee associated with the Wekiva BMAP, as well as the Annual Meeting for the basin.

Meeting items will include: technical discussions on possible approaches for addressing OSTDS loadings to the Wekiva basin, a review of the 2016 Annual Progress Report, and discussion of any implementation questions and concerns for the upcoming year. Everyone is welcome to attend.

"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.

AGENDA

Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System (OSTDS) Advisory Committee

  1. Welcome and Opening Remarks

  2. Sunshine Law Reminders

  3. Recap Items

  4. New Items/Discussion

    1. Cluster Wastewater Systems – Roxanne Groover, Florida Onsite Wastewater Association (FOWA)

    2. An Overview of the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Onsite Sewage Program – Bart Harriss, Orange County FDOH

  5. Public Comments

  6. Adjourn OSTDS Committee

Annual Update on Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run,

and Little Wekiva Canal BMAP

        1. Update on Activities Over the Past Year

          1. DEP Summary

      1. Wekiva River Basin State Parks

      2. Wekiva - Middle St. Johns - Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserves

          1. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Summary

          2. St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) Water Quality and Cost Share Update

          3. Local Updates

        1. 2016-1 Requirements Review/Springshed Nitrogen Sources

        2. Urban Turfgrass Discussion

        3. Summary and Action Items

        4. Next Meeting Date

        5. Adjourn

Please note the FTP site for documents pertaining to the Wekiva BMAP OSTDS Remediation Plan meetings is: http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/DEAR/BMAP/MiddleStJohns/Wekiva/OSTDS%20Remediation%20Plan/. The FTP site for documents pertaining to the Wekiva BMAP is: http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/DEAR/BMAP/MiddleStJohns/Wekiva/. Please contact Moira Homann by telephone at 850-245-8460, or by email, at Moira.Homann@dep.state.fl.us.

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

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Wekiwa Springs, Rock Springs Run

 

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Volusia Blue Spring BMAP Meeting

Runs through Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 

Time & Place

9:30 AM EST
County Council Chambers, Rm 204; Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center; 123 West Indiana Ave; DeLand, FL 32720

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Please mark your calendars for the next Volusia Blue Spring Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) public meeting. Topics of discussion will focus on the development of source reductions for the basin. Everyone is welcome to attend.

"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

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Volusia Blue Spring, Manatees

 
 

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