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Water Quality Standards Program Staff Contacts

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Water Quality Standards Program Contacts 

Contact Phone      

Nia Wellendorf, Program Administrator
Administers and directs the activities of the Water Quality Standards Program, which includes the Standards Development Section and the Aquatic Ecology and Quality Assurance Section. 

850-245-8190

Vacant, Administrative Assistant II

850-245-

Standards Development Section Contacts 

Contact Phone        

Kaitlyn Sutton, Environmental Administrator                                                                                                      Directs water quality standards rule development and implementation for changes in classification (designated uses), water quality criteria, Site Specific Alternative Criteria, antidegradation policy and Outstanding Florida Waters. Coordinates with EPA on water quality standards issues including human health criteria and the triennial review of Florida’s water quality standards.

850-245-8819

Garry Payne, Environmental Manager
Water quality standards development including Site Specific Alternative Criteria and Reclassification review, dissolved oxygen criteria implementation, environmental data interpretation and statistical analysis.

850-245-8423

Talia E. Smith, Environmental Specialist III 

Rulemaking, Site Specific Alternative Criteria, surface water classifications and reclassifications and surface water quality criteria development, and assists with identifying boundaries for surface water classifications and Outstanding Florida Waters.

850-245-8068

Jacqueline Krebs,  Environmental Specialist II

Rulemaking, Site Specific Alternative Criteria, reclassification petition review and processing and surface water quality criteria development.

850-245-8427

Vacant, Environmental Consultant
Rulemaking, Site Specific Alternative Criteria, Reclassification petition review and processing, human health criteria development and other surface water quality criteria development.

850-245-

Quality Assurance and Bioassessment Contacts

Aquatic Ecology and Quality Assurance Section

Contact Phone

Sarah Noble, Environmental Administrator 
Administers the Quality Assurance, training, and bioassessment programs, and conducts special studies in support of water quality standards development.

850-245- 8533

Joy Jackson, Environmental Manager 
Bioassessment development and training, experimental study design, field sampling and audits, and the review, interpretation and reporting of environmental data.

850-245-8074

Ashley O’Neal, Environmental Consultant
Bioassessment development and training, field sampling and audits, Quality Assurance support, and the review, interpretation and reporting of environmental data.

850-245-8070

Jennifer Piacente, Environmental Specialist II 
Field sampling coordination, data management, technical support for bioassessment projects, bioassessment and SOP training, and field and laboratory audits.

850-245-8073

Kristen Sapp, Environmental Consultant
Quality Management Plan and QA Competency coordinator, review QA plans, contracts and grants QA assistance, DEP QA officer liaison, QA report to the secretary, field and laboratory audits, data analysis, data usability assessments and DEP SOP training.

850-245-8686

Jessica Patronis, Environmental Specialist III
Bioassessment development and training, DEP SOP training, field and laboratory audits, Quality Assurance support, and the review, interpretation and reporting of environmental data.

850-245-8980

Ethan Wickline, Environmental Consultant
Quality Assurance support, field and laboratory audits, data analysis, data usability assessments, DEP SOP training, and the review, interpretation and reporting of environmental data.

850-245-8682

Vacant, Environmental Specialist III

Quality Assurance support, DEP SOP training, field and laboratory audits and the review, interpretation and reporting of environmental data. 

850-245-

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