REVISEDLists of Assessments in the Group 1 Basins including the Verified List of Impaired Waters, Delist List, Study List, and Study List Removals
(April 23, 2019)
The department announces the availability of the REVISED lists of assessments for waterbodies and water segments within the Group 1 Basins: Everglades West Coast, Lake Okeechobee, Ocklawaha, Ochlockonee - St. Marks, Suwannee, and Tampa Bay. These REVISED Verified Lists, Delist Lists, Study Lists, and Study List Removals were produced with water quality and biological data included in the IWR Run 56 database. These lists 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 May 31st, 2019. During this period, we ask that interested parties submit their comments either electronically to Kevin O’Donnell or by mail to the address below. In addition to the revised assessment lists, the department posted the Master List (which contains all assessments for all waterbodies in each basin) available here.
Watershed Assessment Section Florida Department of Environmental Protection 2600 Blair Stone Rd, MS 3560 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
The department will be conducting five public meetings at the locations and dates listed below. Copies of the agendas and other supporting materials for Group 1 basins are available here.
Meeting Dates and Times:
DATE AND TIME: April 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. for the Lake Okeechobee Basin PLACE: SFWMD Field Station, 1000 N.E. 40th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL
DATE AND TIME: May 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. for the Everglades West Coast Basin PLACE: W. Harmon Turner Building - Building "F", 5th Floor, Suite 534, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL
DATE AND TIME: May 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m. for the Ochlockonee – St. Marks Basin PLACE: Bob Martinez Center, Conference Room 609, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL
DATE AND TIME: May 7, 2019, 12:30 p.m. for the Suwannee and Ocklawaha Basins PLACE: SRWMD, Room 137 (Santa Fe), 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, FL
DATE AND TIME: May 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. for the Tampa Bay Basin PLACE: Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, Auditorium (Butterfly Room), 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, FL
FinalLists of Assessments in the Group 5 Basins including the Verified List of Impaired Waters, Delist List, Study List, and Study List Removals
This Order includes off-cycle amendments to the Verified List of Impaired Waters for one waterbody in the Group 2 Middle St. Johns basin, one waterbody in the Group 3 Sarasota Bay - Peace - Myakka basin, finalizes the assessment determination for eight waterbodies in the Group 4 Kissimmee basin, and adopts revisions to the Verified List of Impaired Waters in the Group 2 Apalachicola - Chipola Basin. This order also adopts amendments to the Verified List of Impaired Waters for springs and springs runs in the Group 1 Ocklawaha and Suwannee basins, Group 2 Apalachicola - Chipola and Middle St. Johns basins, and Group 4 Withlacoochee basin.
A specific list of waterbodies addressed in these amendments is available here.
Submitting Bioassessment Data
The department is requesting external data providers who would like to submit applicable bioassessment data to help support the department's Impaired Waters assessment. Please download and complete the Bioassessment Data Template, available as a Microsoft Excel worksheet (.xlsx). Once the template has been completed with the required information, please submit the worksheet and any supporting documentation (field sheets, photos, etc.) by email to Kevin O'Donnell.
Guidance on Developing Restoration Plans as Alternatives to TMDLs
The department encourages stakeholders (including state agencies and local governments) to seek4b assessments or4e assessmentsby submitting documentation in support of assessment category 4b or 4e. For this designation, documentation will be required to demonstrate reasonable progress that the proposed projects or programs will restore an impaired waterbody.
April 22, 2019 - 3:54pm
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