The department works with local stakeholders to develop restoration plans to eliminate releases of pathogen-laden waste, improving waterbodies so they can be used for swimming, paddling, and fishing. DEP recommends local stakeholders take a holistic approach to restoration. Start with checking fecal indicator bacteria levels through water quality monitoring, then assess whether those levels are meeting or exceeding the state criterion. Catalog potential sources in the watershed and implement a comprehensive set of programs and strategies to address each source type. Conduct monitoring and inform the public of the effectiveness of source-reduction programs. View the Reducing Pathogens Story Map to learn more about this approach, to see examples of causes and solutions, and to learn how you can help keep your waterbodies safe for future generations.
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.
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.