Thursday, July 21st 2016
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Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal BMAP Meeting
Runs through Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Time & Place
9:30 AM EDT
Public Works West Altamonte Operations Facility (Lake Lotus Training Room); 950 Calabria Drive; Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Please mark your calendars for the next Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Little Wekiva Canal Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) On-site Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) Remediation Plan Meeting. This is a meeting of the OSTDS advisory committee associated with the Wekiva BMAP. Meeting items will include technical discussions on possible approaches for addressing onsite sewage treatment disposal system loadings to the Wekiva basin.
A final meeting agenda and any additional information will be sent one week prior to the meeting. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions at 850-245-8460 or by e-mail at Moira.Homann@dep.state.fl.us.
"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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