It is the "blueprint" for restoring impaired waters by reducing pollutant loadings to meet the allowable loadings established in a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). It represents a comprehensive set of strategies - permit limits on wastewater facilities, urban and agricultural best management practices, conservation programs, financial assistance and revenue generating activities, etc. - designed to implement the pollutant reductions established by the TMDL. These broad-based plans are developed with local stakeholders - they rely on local input and local commitment - and they are adopted by Secretarial Order to be enforceable. View an online map including BMAPs adopted and in progress.View an online map of pending Priority Focus Areas (PFAs) in BMAPs .
New Statewide Progress Reporting for Water Quality Restoration Projects
As of July 2018, DEP has developed more than a dozen new and revised BMAPs for areas including all Outstanding Florida Springs. When completed, the state's BMAPs will have placed almost 14 million watershed acres under active basin management—a total area including more than 6.5 million Floridians. On July 1, 2018, a single statewide report replaced the annual progress reports for all BMAPs. An annual statewide report of progress towards implementing water quality projects will greatly assist policymakers and local stakeholders in keeping track of the myriad of restoration strategies, and will fulfill a new requirement under Section 403.0675, Florida Statutes (F.S.). View the report.
The 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.
Reducing Pathogens Story Map
View this Story Map to learn more about restoration plans focused on reducing pathogens.
DEP developed this tool to identify and quantify the major contributing nitrogen sources to groundwater in areas of interest. This GIS and spreadsheet-based tool provides spatial estimates of the relative contribution of nitrogen from various sources, and takes into consideration the transport pathways and processes affecting the various forms of nitrogen as they move from the land surface through soil and geologic strata that overlie and comprise the Upper Florida aquifer. For more information and final results, see the Nitrogen Source Inventory Loading Tool.These calculation methods are not designed for use with Environmental Resource Permits (ERPs). The appropriate permitting agency should be consulted for its approved calculation methods.
This document describes the DEP methods to calculate total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) reductions for urban stormwater loads related to surface watershed restoration, when site-specific information is not available. These calculation methods represent typical BMP performance, which may be useful to stakeholders when selecting BMPs to achieve surface water nutrient load reductions related to the development and implementation of basin management action plans (BMAPs), 4e plans, and 4b/reasonable assurance plans (RAPs). DEP assigns nutrient removal efficiencies and nutrient credits to BMPs on a case-by-case basis, using the information in this document as a guide during the decision-making process. This working document will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.
Guidance for Florida Friendly Landscapes, FYN, Golf BMPs, Green Industry BMP, Design Standards, Model Ordinances, and Agricultural Pollution Prevention
For guidance or assistance in these subject areas, please contact Kevin Coyne via email or by phone at 850-245-8555.
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