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Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) Program

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New! The department announces a public meeting to present and receive public comments on draft nutrient Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for Lake Marion, Lake Pierce, and Lake Wales in the Kissimmee River Basin. and having these nutrient TMDLs, if adopted, constitute site specific numeric interpretations of the narrative nutrient criterion. The meeting is scheduled for May 27, 2020, at 1:00 pm via webinar. The department will accept written comments on the draft TMDLs, as well as the establishment of these nutrient TMDLs as site-specific interpretations of the narrative nutrient criteria, through June 3, 2020. Written comments should be directed to: Ansel Bubel, Mail Station #3555, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, email: ansel.bubel@dep.state.fl.us.

New! The department announces a public meeting to present and receive public comments on draft nutrient Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for Haw Creek above Crescent Lake in the Lower St. Johns River Basin. The meeting is scheduled for June 10, 2020, at 1:00 pm via webinar. The department will accept written comments on the draft TMDLs through June 17, 2020. Written comments should be directed to: Ansel Bubel, Mail Station #3555, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, email: ansel.bubel@dep.state.fl.us.

 
TMDL Meeting Information Location

Kissimmee River Basin: Lake Marion (WBID 1480), Lake Pierce (1532A), and Lake Wales (1619A)

DATE AND TIME: May 27, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

(Agenda)

Webinar Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3542232146462509838   

Lower St. Johns River Basin: Haw Creek above Crescent Lake  DATE AND TIME: June 10, 2020, at 1:00 pm
(Agenda)
Webinar Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7127984756060529932  
 

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?

  1. Assess the quality of surface waters--are they meeting water quality standards? (Surface Water Quality Standards - Chapter 62-302)
  2. Determine which waters are impaired--that is, which ones are not meeting water quality standards for a particular pollutant or pollutants. (Impaired Waters Rule (IWR) - Chapter 62-303)
  3. Establish and adopt, by rule, a TMDL for each impaired water for the pollutants of concern--the ones causing the water quality problems.  (TMDLs - Chapter 62-304)
  4. Develop, with extensive local stakeholder input, Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs) that....
  5. Implement the strategies and actions in the BMAP
  6. Measure the effectiveness of the BMAP, both continuously at the local level and through a formal re-evaluation every five years.
  7. Adapt--change the plan and change the actions if things aren't working
  8. 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.

Locations of the department's Adopted TMDLs

 For locations of TMDLs in Florida, please view our interactive TMDL map and  Status of TMDLs in Florida documents (State Rule 62-304, F.A.C.).

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.

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May 27, 2020 - 3:57pm

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