The department announces the availability of the 2018 Strategic Monitoring Plans. These plans represent the water quality and biological monitoring being done by the department in preparation for basin assessments as part of the watershed management approach.
The Watershed Assessment Section has developed the 2018 Strategic Monitoring Plans to assist in assessing the health of surface waters by conducting hydrological and biological watershed-based monitoring activities. These activities are carried out by seven Regional Operation Center (ROC) offices located throughout the department’s six district offices and by staff in Tallahassee. This extensive monitoring effort is accomplished through strong coordination with water management districts, city and county governments.
Draft List of Assessments in the Group 5 Basins for the Verified List of Impaired Waters, Delist, Study, Study List Removals, and Natural Background Lists
The department announces the availability of the DRAFT lists of assessments for waterbodies and water segments within the Group 5 Basins: Everglades, Florida Keys, Indian River Lagoon, Perdido, Spring Coast, and Upper East Coast. These DRAFT Verified Lists, Delist Lists,Natural Background Lists, and Study Lists were produced with water quality and biological data included in the IWR Database Run 53. 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 November1st, 2017.
September 19, 2017 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. (CDT)
DEP Northwest District Office, Conference Room 502 160 W. Government Street Suite 308 Pensacola, Florida
FINAL List of Assessments in the Group 4 Basins for the Verified List of Impaired Waters, Delist List, and Study List
The department announces the availability of the FINAL lists of assessments for waterbodies and water segments within the Group 4 Basins: Fisheating Creek, Kissimmee, Nassau – St. Marys, Pensacola Bay, Southeast Coast – Biscayne Bay, and Withlacoochee. These FINAL Verified Lists and Delist Lists were adopted by a Secretarial Order signed by DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein, on June 27, 2017. This Order also includes amendments to the Verified List of Impaired Waters for two waterbodies, one in the Group 2 Tampa Bay Tributaries basin, and one in the Group 3 Lake Worth Lagoon – Palm Beach Coast basin. The department will be submitting to EPA these final assessments, as well as the Group 4 Study List additions and removals as updates to the federal 303(d) list.
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.
January 30, 2018 - 10:36am
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