Water Quality Restoration Program and BMAP Development
The Water Quality Restoration Program includes multiple groups focused on different, but integrated, aspects of restoration including: Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs); agricultural pollution prevention; guidance, training and education pertaining to Florida Friendly Landscapes and stormwater erosion control; and fertilizer ordinance review.
For each impaired waterbody or group of related waters, the department develops and adopts a scientifically derived restoration target, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). In order to meet these restoration goals, the department facilitates coordination among local stakeholders to develop BMAPs to achieve reductions in pollutant loading. As the management actions are implemented largely through local efforts, BMAPs are produced through collaboration with local stakeholders, encouraging the greatest amount of cooperation and consensus possible. The process usually involves a series of meetings and technical discussions on sources, allocations, management strategies, monitoring, and tracking progress.
The results of these discussions are summarized in the BMAP document. A BMAP describes the management strategies that will be implemented under existing water quality programs, schedules, funding strategies, tracking mechanisms, and the fair and equitable allocations of pollution reduction responsibilities to the sources in the watershed. When the BMAP is adopted, the management strategies and schedule become the compliance plan for the responsible entities. The BMAP requirements are connected to NPDES permits, when applicable, agricultural BMP implementation, or BMAP authorities for other nonpoint sources.
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Restoring Bacteria-Impaired Waters: A Toolkit to Help Local Stakeholders Identify and Eliminate Potential Pathogen ProblemsThe toolkit is a restoration guide for municipalities, built from the department’s experiences across the state in collaborating with local stakeholders on pathogen source identification and elimination efforts. This document provides useful information for identifying sources of fecal indicator bacteria and examples of management actions to address these sources. It is useful during all stages of restoration plan development and implementation, whether the plan is a formal Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), a Bacteria Pollution Control Plan required by a stormwater permit, or another approach.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.