The department announces the availability of off-cycle amendments to the Verified List of Impaired Waters and Study List revisions for waterbodies in the Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 basins. A specific list of waterbodies addressed in these amendments is available below. These lists reflect the department’s current assessments for these waterbodies. These final lists were adopted by a Secretarial Order signed by DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein, on June 27, 2018.
Group 2 Middle St. Johns Basin
Lake Howell (WBID 2997B) is being delisted from the Verified List of Impaired Waters based on the department’s approval of an alternative restoration plan that addresses the nutrient and biological impairments. Supporting documentation can be found here.
Crystal Lake (WBID 1497A) is being delisted from the Verified List of Impaired Waters based on the department’s approval of an alternative restoration plan that addresses the nutrient impairments. Supporting documentation can be found here.
The department is delisting from the Verified List of Impaired Waters springs for nutrient impairments in the following Group 1 basins: Ocklawaha and Suwannee; and Group 2 basins: Apalachicola - Chipola and Middle St. Johns; and Group 4 basin: Withlacoochee. These waterbodies are being delisted from the Verified List or placed on the Study List due to the completion of a Total Maximum Daily Load or an adopted Basin Management Action Plan that addresses the nutrient impairment.
The department is also requesting EPA add or remove the waters identified below from the 303(d) List within the following Group 2 Basins: Apalachicola - Chipola and Tampa Bay Tributaries. The "Study List" is the list of surface water or segments where additional information is needed, as identified in Rule 62-303.390, F.A.C. To conform to the expectations of federal regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations., Part 25) regarding public participation in programs under the Clean Water Act, the department is providing these lists for public comment. There are several reasons for requesting removal from the 303(d) List including, but not limited to, more recent or accurate data, flaws in the original analysis, site specific data or information to support natural conditions, and changes in water quality conditions.
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