Thursday, January 21st 2016
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Thursday, January 21st, 2016
Rainbow Springs & Silver Springs Joint BMAP Meeting
Runs through Thursday, January 21st, 2016
Time & Place
9:00AM - 12:00PM EST
Marion County Growth Services, Training and Meeting Room, 2710 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
The next meeting for the Rainbow Springs BMAP will be a joint meeting with the Silver Springs BMAP stakeholders and will be held on, January 21st at 9:30 AM. The meeting will be held at Marion County Growth Services, Training and Meeting Room, 2710 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, Florida.
Welcome and Meeting Organization (Shane Williams)
Update of Silver Springs and Rainbow Springs BMAP Activities (Mary Paulic)
Silver Springs and Rainbow Springs Wastewater/OSTDS Initiative (OSTDS 9-1-1 project) Strategy (DEP)
Next Steps (DEP)
NOTE: If you cannot make the meeting and would like to have input on the items on the agenda, please email your comments to Mary Paulic at email@example.com. Presentations will be available after the meeting on the DEP FTP site at: http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/DEAR/BMAP/Silver_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.
A draft of the BMAP document can be found at the web link below.
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.
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