The Watershed Assessment Section announces the 2020-2022 Biennial Assessment Draft assessment lists of waterbodies and water segments proposed for addition to the Study List and Study List Removals. The Draft assessment lists were developed pursuant to Chapter 62-303, Florida Administrative Code, and include all 29 basins in the state. In addition to the draft assessment lists in spreadsheet format, the department has published an interactive map titled "Biennial Assessment 2020-2022 D
The Watershed Assessment Section announces the 2020-2022 Biennial Assessment Draft assessment lists of waterbodies and water segments proposed for addition to the Verified List and Delist List. The Draft assessment lists were developed pursuant to Chapter 62-303, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), and include all 29 basins in the state. The Draft Verified Lists include those waters that have been determined to not meet water quality standards and are proposed as additions to the State's Verified List of Impaired Waters and the Clean Water Act (CWA) section 303(d) list.
DEP is coordinating with local stakeholders and we began water quality monitoring of Port Manatee on March 30, 2021. This data will enable us to protect public health and safety, evaluate any environmental impacts and support the department's full enforcement against HRK for any damages to our state’s resources.
The core function of the Watershed Assessment Section is to use the best available information to identify waterbodies and water segments (WBIDs) that are not meeting the applicable water quality standards and designated uses based on the Impaired Waters Rule Chapters 62-303 and 62-302, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).
DEP works statewide to encourage local stakeholders to develop Alternative Restoration Plans (4b or 4e plans) at the earliest practical time. Early implementation of restoration activities is more cost effective and may allow DEP to forgo certain regulatory steps - most notably, the development of Total Maximum Loads (TMDLs) and Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs) - thereby focusing limited local and state resources directly on measures that will improve water quality.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.