DRAFT Lists of Assessments in the Group 1 Basins including the Verified List of Impaired Waters, Delist List, Study List, Study List Removals, and Natural Background List
(November 7, 2018)
The department announces the availability of the DRAFT 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 DRAFT Verified Lists, Delist Lists, Study Lists, Study List Removals, and Natural Background Lists were produced with water quality and biological data included in the IWR Run 55 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 December 7th, 2018. In addition to the draft assessment lists, the department posted the Master List (which contains all assessments for all waterbodies in each basin) and parameter specific basin maps which are available here.
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.
November 8, 2018 - 3:37pm
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