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Tuesday, June 28th 2016

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP Meeting

Runs through Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 

Time & Place

2:00 PM EDT
Woodville Community Center; 8000 Old Woodville Road; Tallahassee, FL 32305

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This is a meeting of the OSTDS Advisory Committee associated with the Wakulla Springs Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). Septic systems were identified as contributors to water quality impairment of the Wakulla Springs system. Meeting items will include technical discussions on possible approaches for addressing onsite sewage treatment disposal system loadings to Wakulla Springs.

"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 FTP site for documents pertaining to the Wakulla Springs BMAP:


  1. Welcome and Opening Remarks

  2. Advisory Committee

    1. Introductions

    2. Overviews

      1. Operating Procedures and Guidance

      2. Sunshine Law

  3. Review of Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP

  4. Priority Focus Areas (PFAs) Boundaries

  5. Identification of Three Main "Prongs" of the OSTDS Remediation Plan

    1. Projects

      1. Summary of BMAP projects that address OSTDS sources

      2. Other projects funded/started since BMAP adoption

    2. Scientific Information

      1. Data availability and sufficiency

        1. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

        2. Florida Department of Health (FDOH)

    3. Education

      1. Research/studies (planned/underway/completed)

  6. Public Comments

  7. Summary and Action Items

    1. Next meeting date

    2. Summary of action items

  8. Adjourn

More Information

Moira Homann | 850-245-8460 | Email | Web | Map

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