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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Crystal River/Kings Bay, Weeki Wachee & Aripeka Springs BMAP Meeting

Runs through Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 

Time & Place

9:00 AM EST
Southwest Florida Water Management District Office, Board Room; 2379 Broad Street; Brooksville, FL 34604

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Announcing a joint Crystal River/Kings Bay, Weeki Wachee & Aripeka Springs BMAP Meeting focused on the nitrogen loading sources of agriculture, sports turfgrass fertilizer, wastewater treatment facilities, and atmospheric deposition.

"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.

Additional Information:
In follow-up to the last joint BMAP meeting on November 16, 2016, please find attached information on a forthcoming grant opportunity for funding education-related BMAP projects: 319_2017 Education Grant.pdf


1. Pollutant Load Reduction Milestones

2. Future Growth Strategies

3. Protection of Surface Water and Groundwater Resources through Land Conservation

4. Projects to Reduce Pollutant Loads

5. Funding Updates

More Information

Terry Hansen | 850-245-8561 | Email | Web | Map

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Aripeka Springs, Weeki Wachee Springs, Manatees


Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Rainbow & Silver Springs OSTDS Remediation Plan & Joint BMAP Meetings

Runs through Thursday, January 26th, 2017 

Time & Place

10:00AM & 1:30PM EST
Marion County Library Headquarters, 2720 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470

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The Advisory Committee for the Silver & Rainbow Springs Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems Remediation Plan will hold their next meeting on January 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM, followed at 1:30 PM in the afternoon by the annual joint Silver & Rainbow Springs BMAP meeting.

The meetings will be held at:

Marion County Library Headquarters

2720 East Silver Springs Blvd.

Ocala, FL 34470

The Library Headquarters is located at the opposite end of the building of our usual meeting site at Marion County Growth Services. The Advisory Committee meeting will be held in Room B and the annual meeting in room C.

More Information

Mary Paulic | 850-245-8560 | Email | Web | Map

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Rainbow Springs, Rainbow River, Silver Springs


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