Tuesday, August 2nd 2016
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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs BMAP Meeting
Runs through Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Time & Place
2:00 PM EDT
Woodville Community Center; 8000 Old Woodville Road; Tallahassee, FL 32305
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: http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/DEAR/BMAP/Upper%20Wakulla/.
Final agendas and any additional information will be sent one week prior to the meetings. 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.
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