Thursday, August 25th 2016
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Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Public Workshop on Development of TMDLs for Wacissa River and Wacissa Springs Group
Runs through Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Time & Place
7:00 PM EDT
Dorothy Cooper Spence Community Center, 4768 Chaires Cross Road, Tallahassee, FL 32317
To present and receive public comments on the draft total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for the nutrient impairment of the Wacissa River and Wacissa Springs Group (WBIDs 3424 and 3424Z), in the Aucilla River Basin, to be adopted in Rule 62-304.406, F.A.C. These nutrient TMDLs, if adopted, will constitute site specific numeric interpretations of the narrative nutrient criterion set forth in paragraph 62-302.530(47)(b), F.A.C., that will supersede the otherwise applicable numeric nutrient criteria in subsection 62-302.531(2), F.A.C., for the particular surface water segments. The draft TMDL document for these impaired waters were placed on the department’s TMDL website (http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/tmdl/) on June 13, 2016 and will be provided upon request to interested parties by mail or via e-mail distribution. Written comments on these TMDLs, as well as the establishment of these nutrient TMDLs as site specific interpretations of the narrative nutrient criteria, should be directed to: Richard Hicks, PG Administrator, Ground Water Management Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Mail Station #3575, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The department will accept written comments through September 8, 2016.
"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.