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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Silver Springs BMAP Meeting
Runs through Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Time & Place
1:00 PM- 3:30 PM EDT
Marion County Growth Services, Training and Meeting Room; 2710 East Silver Springs Blvd; Ocala, FL
The next meeting for the Silver Springs BMAP will be held on July 23rd, at the Marion County Growth Services, Training and Meeting Room; 2710 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, Florida.
"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.
A copy of the meeting agenda can be found at the web link below.
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. This meeting will further develop the BMAP for Silver Springs.
A draft of the BMAP document is available from Mary Paulic by contacting her at the email address or phone number listed below.
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