Tuesday, February 14th 2017
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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
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.
Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal System (OSTDS)
Remediation Plan Meeting
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sunshine Law Reminders
Feedback on Education Efforts
Cluster Wastewater Systems – Roxanne Groover, Florida Onsite Wastewater Association (FOWA)
Septic Tank Conversion Prioritization using Geographic Information System (GIS) in the Wakulla Springs Springshed – Jamie Hughes, CDM Smith
Adjourn OSTDS Committee
Annual Update on Upper Wakulla Springs and River BMAP
Springshed Nitrogen Sources/2016-1 Requirements Review – Moira Homann
Update on Activities Over the Past Year
DEP Summary – Moira Homann
FDACS Summary – Katie Hallas
Local Updates – Local Representatives
Urban Turfgrass Discussion – Moira Homann/Tiffany Busby
Summary and Action Items – Moira Homann/Tiffany Busby
Next Meeting Date – Moira Homann
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.
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