A basin management action plan (BMAP) is a framework for water quality restoration that contains local and state commitments to reduce pollutant loading through current and future projects and strategies. BMAPs contain a comprehensive set of solutions, such as permit limits on wastewater facilities, urban and agricultural best management practices, and conservation programs designed to achieve pollutant reductions established by a total maximum daily load (TMDL). These broad-based plans are developed with local stakeholders and rely on local input and commitment for development and successful implementation. BMAPs are adopted by Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretarial Order and are legally enforceable.
Water Quality Protection Grant Portal for Fiscal Year 2023-24
DEP has launched an online grant portal to provide eligible entities the opportunity to submit proposals for water-related grant programs. Eligible entities include local governments, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The online grant application portal opened July 5, 2023. Closing dates for individual grant programs vary. Visit ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov to review the posted date for each grant program. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals to all grant programs for which they may be eligible.
View the story map to learn more about restoration plans developed with specific provisions for the protection and restoration of the state’s Outstanding Florida Springs.
To ensure the prohibitions and requirements needed to protect Florida’s springs are quickly restored while other protection strategies are continued, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a Final Order on June 12, 2023, adopting allocation reductions to the following Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs), in accordance with the recent First District Court of Appeals’ ruling: Santa Fe River BMAP, Silver Springs and Upper Silver River and Rainbow Spring Group and Rainbow River BMAP, Suwannee River BMAP, and Volusia Blue Spring BMAP.
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 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.
During the 2020 Session, the Florida Legislature passed the Clean Waterways Act (Chapter 2020-150, Laws of Florida), which requires the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to report on water quality monitoring in the area of each nutrient BMAP and to summarize the costs and benefits of BMAP wastewater projects.
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.
Guidance for Florida Friendly Landscapes, FYN, Golf BMPs, Green Industry BMP, Design Standards, Model Ordinances and Agricultural Pollution Prevention
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.