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DEP 101: Wetlands

Florida wetlands are areas that are inundated or saturated by surface water or groundwater at a frequency and a duration sufficient to support a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soils. Wetlands are vital to the health of the environment because they remove and filter pollutants. Wetland plants and soils trap and take up pollutants, which helps keep water suitable for swimming, fishing and drinking.

DEP 101: DEP Central Laboratory

The DEP Central Laboratory in Tallahassee serves the department as a whole, including the watershed restoration program, along with environmental protection programs at other agencies – performing more than 140,000 analyses in an average year.

The lab is able to provide analytical services for a broad range of pollutants, algal toxins, toxicity bioassays, wastewater chemical tracers, biological community assessment, microbiology, fine particulates in air and molecular markers of bacterial contamination.

DEP 101: Basin Management Action Plans

A Basin Management Action Plan, or BMAP, is a comprehensive set of site-specific strategies to reduce or eliminate pollutant loadings and restore particular waterbodies to health.

Each BMAP is designed to achieve one or more Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), each of which establishes a target for the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present while ensuring the functionality and health of the affected waterbody.

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