New! The Department of Environmental Protection announces a public meeting to receive comments on the draft nutrient total maximum daily load (TMDL) report for impaired waters in the Kissimmee Basin on August 27, 2019 in Frostproof, FL. These TMDLs as site specific interpretations of the narrative nutrient criterion that are to be presented at the public workshop include: Reedy Lake (1685D), Lake Ida (1685E), Hickory Lake (1730), Lake Clinch (1706), and Lake Adelaide (1730D). Written comments on the TMDL should by September 13, 2019, and canbe directed to: Erin Rasnake, Program Administrator, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, MS 3555, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400 or via email: Erin.Rasnake@Floridadep.gov .
New! The public is invited to attend a technical meeting on the development of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for Lakes Glenada, Placid, Red Water, and Istokpoga in the Kissimmee River Basin. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the department to present the modeling approach to be used for development of TMDLs and to obtain input from stakeholders. The time and location of this workshop is listed in the following table. Written comments on the TMDL modeling approach should be received by September 13, 2019 and can be directed to: Erin Rasnake, Program Administrator, Water Quality Evaluation and TMDL Program, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Mail Station #3555, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, or via email: Erin.Rasnake@Floridadep.gov.
New! The public is invited to attend a hearing on September 20th, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida for Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) in the Peace River Basin (62-304.625) and Withlacoochee Basin (62-304.640), specifically, nutrient TMDLs for Lakes Lulu, Eloise, Shipp, May, Howard, Cannon, Hartridge, Idylwild, Jessie, and Gum Springs (Alligator Springs), Wilson Head Spring, and Blue Spring (Citrus County). The person to be contacted regarding the proposed rules is: Erin Rasnake, Program Administrator, Water Quality Evaluation and TMDL Program, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Mail Station #3555, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, or via email: Erin.Rasnake@Floridadep.gov.
Bob Martinez Center 2600 Blair Stone Road Conference Room 176 Tallahassee, Florida 32399
What is a TMDL?
A TMDL is a scientific determination of the maximum amount of a given pollutant that a surface water can absorb and still meet the water quality standards that protect human health and aquatic life. Water bodies that do not meet water quality standards are identified as "impaired" for the particular pollutants of concern - nutrients, bacteria, mercury, etc. - and TMDLs must be developed, adopted and implemented to reduce those pollutants and clean up the water body.
The threshold limits on pollutants in surface waters - Florida's surface water quality standards on which TMDLs are based - are set forth primarily in rule 62-302, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), and the associated table of water quality criteria.
What are the basic steps in the TMDL program? How does it work?
Measure the effectiveness of the BMAP, both continuously at the local level and through a formal re-evaluation every five years.
Adapt--change the plan and change the actions if things aren't working
Reassess the quality of surface waters continuously
We are working on a more comprehensive approach to protecting Florida water quality involving basin-wide assessments and the application of a full range of regulatory and non-regulatory strategies to reduce pollution. The Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is the heart of this comprehensive approach.
Please help us improve our service by providing feedback on what you think of our adopted TMDL document, whether it is useful, and how could we make it better. Please contact Erin Rasnake at Erin.Rasnake@dep.state.fl.us, 850-245-8338, or Janis Morrow at Janis.Morrow@dep.state.fl.us, 850-245-8543.
July 30, 2019 - 9:08am
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