Tuesday, June 21st 2016
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Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Volusia Blue Spring BMAP Meeting
Runs through Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Time & Place
2:00 PM EDT
Volusia County Historic Courthouse, Training Room (2nd Floor, Rm 204); 125 W. New York Ave; DeLand, FL 32720
Announcing a meeting for the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for Volusia Blue Spring, to be held on June 21, 2016 at 2:00PM at the Volusia County Courthouse, Training Room (2nd Floor, Rm 204). This meeting is open to the public.
- Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Review of BMAP Process for Volusia Blue Spring
- Nutrient Source Inventory and Water Quality Projects
- Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act
"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.
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