Bacteria TMDLs are developed for waterbodies that do not meet bacteriological quality criteria designed to protect human health, which are defined in the State’s Surface Water Quality Standards (Chapter 62-302, F.A.C.). The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) uses the best available information to identify waterbodies and water segments that do not meet the applicable water quality standards, including fecal indicator bacteria (FIB), following the methods in the Impaired Waters Rule (Chapter 62-303, F.A.C.) The comprehensive list of waters not attaining standards is available through the DEP’s Watershed Assessment Section webpage. The Bacteria TMDLs described below have been established to address FIB impairments in fresh and marine waters throughout the state, that do not meet the applicable criteria for Escherichia coli (E. coli), enterococci, or fecal coliform bacteria.
News and Announcements
New! The department announces a public meeting to present and receive public comments on the draft fecal indicator bacteria Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for impaired surface waters in the Everglades West Coast Basin, to be adopted in Rule 62-304.905, F.A.C. The meeting is scheduled for March 29, 2022, 9:30 a.m. via both in-person meeting and webinar.
The draft TMDL document for these impaired waters is available on the department’s TMDL website, and will be provided upon request to interested parties by mail or via e-mail distribution. These TMDLs will also serve as a pilot for a new consolidated approach that the department will use in the future to address fecal indicator bacteria impairments throughout the state. The department will accept written comments on the draft TMDLs, as well as the establishment of these bacteria TMDLs based on the generally applicable criteria in subsection 62-302.530(6), F.A.C., through April 15, 2022.
Written comments should be directed to: Ansel Bubel, Mail Station #3555, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400.
Meeting Date and Time
Everglades West Coast Basin
9:30 a.m. March 29, 2022
1st Floor Conference Room South Florida Water Management District, Fort Myers Service Center 2301 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901
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