DRAFT Verified and Delist Lists of Impaired Waters for the Group 2 Basins
The Department announces the availability of the DRAFT lists of impaired waters for the Group 2 Basins: Apalachicola - Chipola, Charlotte Harbor, Lower St. Johns, Middle St. Johns, St. Lucie - Loxahatchee, and Tampa Bay Tributaries.
These DRAFT lists were produced with water quality and biological data included in the IWR Database Run 58 and reflect several major milestones to the assessment of Florida’s waterbodies. In particular, the DRAFT lists include the revised dissolved oxygen criterion assessed as percent saturation (replacing the assessment of dissolved oxygen as mg/L), and the implementation of numeric nutrient criteria for streams, lakes, springs, and estuaries. In addition, new data has been received and incorporated into the assessments, station-WBID assignment updates, WBID classification updates, and/or data that have been excluded from assessments based on a preliminary evaluation by department staff.
To provide an opportunity to present these assessment lists and their results, department will be conducting three public meetings and one public webinar across the state. These assessments reflect the department’s current assessments for these waterbodies, but they are subject to change based on input received during the public comment period, which ends March 6th, 2020. During this period, we ask that interested parties submit their comments either electronically to Kevin O’Donnell or by mail to the address below. These lists will then be finalized based on the public comments. Copies of the agendas and other supporting materials for Group 2 basins are available here.
Kevin O'Donnell Environmental Administrator Florida Department of Environmental Protection Watershed Assessment Section 2600 Blair Stone Rd MS# 3560 Tallahassee, FL 32399
Waterbodies and water segments identified on the DRAFT Verified List have been determined to not meet water quality standards will be added to the State’s Verified List of Impaired Waters and the federal 303(d) list. Waterbodies and water segments identified on the DRAFT Delist Lists include those waters that are proposed for removal from the State’s Verified List and federal 303(d) list for several reasons such as: the waterbody in no longer impaired, a TMDL has been completed, the parameter verified impaired in the previous assessment was due to a flaw in the original analysis, or corrections made to the waterbody type or class.
Following the adoption by the Secretary of the department, waterbodies identified on the DRAFT Verified List will be scheduled for TMDL production. A TMDL represents the maximum amount of pollutant loading that can be discharged to a waterbody and have its designated uses be met. The final step in this process will be the development, by watershed stakeholders and department, of a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). The BMAP will specify the activities, schedule, and funding sources that point and nonpoint source dischargers will undertake to restore the waterbody.
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