Tuesday, November 17th 2015
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Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Coastal Springs of Pasco & Hernando Counties TMDL Meeting
Runs through Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Time & Place
Starting at 1:30 PM EST
Pasco County Utilities Administration Offices, 19420 Central Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL 34637
The Draft Nutrient TMDLs for the Coastal Springs of Pasco and Hernando Counties: Magnolia-Aripeka Springs Group (WBID 1391B), Jenkins Creek Spring (WBID 1389), and Wilderness-Mud-Salt Springs Group (WBID 1382G) will be presented for discussion on November 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the Pasco County Utilities Administration Offices, 19420 Central Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL 34637, - Training room Anclote.
"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 primary purpose of this meeting is to discuss and receive comments on the draft TMDL document.
The Draft TMDL may be accessed at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/tmdl/docs/tmdls/draft/gp5/AripekaMudSalt-nutr-tmdl.pdf
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