Monday, February 22nd 2016
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Monday, February 22nd, 2016
Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP Meeting
Runs through Monday, February 22nd, 2016
Time & Place
10:00 AM EST
Florida Department of Environmental Protection; 2600 Blair Stone Rd; Tallahassee, FL 32399
The next meeting for the Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP will be held on February 22, at the Bob Martinez Center, Room 609, Florida Department of Environmental Protection; 2600 Blair Stone Road; Tallahassee, Florida 32399.
"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. The primary purpose of this meeting is to discuss and receive comments on the draft BMAP document.
A final agenda will be available about one week prior to the meeting.
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