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Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards

Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards

States are required under the Federal Clean Water Act (40 CFR 131.20) to conduct a comprehensive review of all water quality standards at least once every three years (Triennial Review).  All surface water quality standards in Chapter 62-302, Chapter 62-303, Chapter 62-304, and Chapter 62-4, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), are open under the current review and may be revised as part of the Triennial Review. However, the Department is not currently proposing revisions to Chapter 62-304, F.A.C., as part of the Triennial Review.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection held a virtual public workshop on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 to solicit public input on the Department’s proposed revisions to Florida’s water quality standards under the Triennial Review. Please refer to the links below for the workshop materials. 

Click here for the Public Workshop Notices: Chapter 62-302Chapter 62-303, and Chapter 62-4

Click here for the public comments

Click here for the workshop agenda

Click here for the workshop presentation

Please contact Daryll Joyner (email: daryll.joyner@FloridaDEP.gov ; phone:850-245-8431) or Kaitlyn Sutton (email: kaitlyn.sutton@FloridaDEP.gov; phone: 850-245-8819) if you have any questions about the public workshop or Triennial Review.

Proposed Rule revisions and supporting technical documents that were presented and discussed at the May 2021 virtual public workshop are provided in the table below.

Tri-Review updates Documents
Rule Revisions

Numeric Nutrient Criteria

  • NNC Implementation Document (updated; If you would like to request a “track changes” version of the NNC Implementation Document that compares the current 2013 version to the March 2021 proposal, please contact kaitlyn.sutton@floridadep.gov. Note that this document was created using the compare documents function in Microsoft Word, and in some instances text that was moved is shown as new and may not reflect subsequent revisions. If you have any questions or need clarifications about the proposed revisions to the NNC Implementation Document, please contact Daryll Joyner (Daryll.Joyner@floridadep.gov) or Kaitlyn Sutton (Kaitlyn.sutton@floridadep.gov))
  • Link to ENR Maps. Link includes the following maps:
    • Big Bend and Apalachee Bay Map 1 of 2,

    • Halifax and Tomoka River Estuaries,

    • Pensacola Bay

    • NEW!  Lower St. Johns River to Nassau River Part 9 (added after May 2021 workshop)

  •    Coastal Segment map

Coral Turbidity Criterion

Dissolved Oxygen SSACs

Class II Maps

EPA Recommended Water Quality Criteria

Other items

The information below is from previous public workshops.

Four public workshops were held between November 4 - November 7, 2019 to solicit public input on the Triennial Review. The Department presented information about potential revisions to Florida’s surface water quality standards, including consideration of U.S. EPA 304(a) criteria recommendations.

Click here to access the ftp site to download public comments from the November 2019 public workshops

Click here for the November public workshop presentation

Click here for the Workshop Agendas

Three public workshops/hearings were also held to solicit public input on the Triennial Review between May 14th and May 16th, 2019.  These workshops/hearings were designed to provide a forum for the public to recommend revisions to Florida’s water quality standards. DEP presented information about potential revisions to Florida’s water quality standards, including consideration of U.S. EPA 304(a) criteria recommendations.  

Click here to access the presentation from the May Kickoff workshop/hearing

Click here to access the ftp site to download public comments from the May Kickoff workshops/hearings

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July 19, 2021 - 9:07am

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