Availability of the 2020 Strategic Monitoring Plans
(December 6, 2019)
The department announces the availability of the 2020 Strategic Monitoring Plans here. These plans represent the water quality and biological monitoring needs identified by the department in preparation for basin assessments as part of the watershed management approach. The Watershed Assessment Section developed the 2020 Strategic Monitoring Plans to assist in assessing the health of Florida's surface waters by conducting biological assessments and water quality sampling. These activities are carried out by seven Regional Operation Centers (ROCs) located throughout the department's six District offices and by staff in Tallahassee. The extensive monitoring effort is accomplished through coordination with local stakeholders, water management districts, city, and county governments.
FINAL Lists of Assessments in the Group 1 Basins including the Verified List of Impaired Waters, Delist List, Study List, and Study List Removals
(October 4, 2019)
The department announces the availability of the FINAL 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 FINAL 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 final Verified and Delist Lists were adopted by Secretarial Order signed by DEP Secretary Valenstein on October 2, 2019. This Order also includes an amendment to one waterbody in the Group 3 Choctawhatchee-St. Andrews basin and is available here. In addition to the final assessment lists, the department posted the Master Lists (which contains all assessments for all waterbodies in each basin) available here.
Approval of the Mosquito Lagoon Reasonable Assurance Plan
(September 24, 2019)
The department announces amendments to the Verified List of Impaired Waters for three waters in the Group 5 Indian River Lagoon basin due to the approval of the Mosquito Lagoon Reasonable Assurance Plan (RAP). These amendments were adopted by a Secretarial Order signed by DEP Secretary Valenstein on September 17, 2019. These assessment changes are removing three waters from the Verified List of Impaired Waters and a list of those waters can be obtained here. The Mosquito Lagoon RAP is the product of a locally driven stakeholder initiative that establishes the restoration activities and projects that will address nutrient impairments in Mosquito Lagoon. The Mosquito Lagoon RAP document is available here.
Amendments to the Verified List of Impaired Waters
A list of waterbodies addressed through off-cylce 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.
December 10, 2019 - 11:25am
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