Friday, May 13th 2016
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Friday, May 13th, 2016
Lower and Middle Suwannee River BMAP Public Meeting
Runs through Friday, May 13th, 2016
Time & Place
6:00 PM EDT
Suwannee River Water Management District; 9225 CR49; Live Oak, FL 32060
Announcing a Public Meeting for the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for the Lower and Middle Suwannee River and associated springs. Topics will include an overview of the Draft BMAP and the BMAP adoption schedule. The BMAP is the means for implementation of the adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). 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. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Terry Hansen at (850) 245-8561. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).
"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 MEETING AGENDA and the DRAFT BASIN MANAGEMENT ACTION PLAN can be accessed at the web link below.
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