Thursday, March 3rd 2016
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Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Santa Fe BMAP Meeting
Runs through Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Time & Place
6:00 PM EST
Wilson S. Rivers Library, Florida Gateway College Bldg. 200, SE Foundation Pl., Lake City, Florida 32025
The next meeting for the Santa Fe BMAP will be held on March 3 at 6:00 PM at the in Wilson S. Rivers Library, Florida Gateway College Bldg. 200, SE Foundation Pl., Lake City, Florida 32025.
"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 BMAP document.
The meeting topics will include an update on the adopted BMAP.
A preliminary agenda includes the following topics:
• BMAP overview
• Ag update
• BMP Manual update
• Projects underway
• SRWMD Project Updates (and other projects)
• Ginnie RFA update
• What’s Next
• Summary and questions
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