Wednesday, January 18th 2017
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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Crystal River/Kings Bay, Weeki Wachee & Aripeka Springs BMAP Meeting
Runs through Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Time & Place
9:00 AM EST
Southwest Florida Water Management District Office, Board Room; 2379 Broad Street; Brooksville, FL 34604
Announcing a joint Crystal River/Kings Bay, Weeki Wachee & Aripeka Springs BMAP Meeting focused on the nitrogen loading sources of agriculture, sports turfgrass fertilizer, wastewater treatment facilities, and atmospheric deposition.
"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.
In follow-up to the last joint BMAP meeting on November 16, 2016, please find attached information on a forthcoming grant opportunity for funding education-related BMAP projects: 319_2017 Education Grant.pdf
1. Pollutant Load Reduction Milestones
2. Future Growth Strategies
3. Protection of Surface Water and Groundwater Resources through Land Conservation
4. Projects to Reduce Pollutant Loads
5. Funding Updates
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