Thursday, May 12th 2016
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Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Jackson Blue Spring Restoration Plan (BMAP) Meeting
Runs through Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Time & Place
6:00 PM CDT
Auditorium, Jackson County Extension Office; 2741 Pennsylvania Ave., Marianna, FL 32448
Announcing a Public Meeting for the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for the Jackson Blue Spring and Merritts Mill Pond. Topics will include a review of the BMAP process and a presentation on the Draft BMAP for the basin. The BMAP is the means for implementation of the adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).
"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.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Terry Hansen, Watershed Planning and Coordination Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3565, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MEETING AGENDA can be accessed at the web link below.