Florida depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply, and on surface water for the outdoor recreation industry. High rainfall and acidic conditions, typical in Florida, cause lead to be more mobile in the environment. Therefore, proper management of outdoor shooting ranges is especially important in the Sunshine State.
ABest Management Practices (BMPs) manual was designed to assist in developing BMPs at outdoor shooting ranges. It was developed through a cooperative effort by members of the shooting range community and industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida DEP. The manual contains guidance for characterizing site conditions for outdoor shooting ranges, and for developing a stewardship plan for implementing management techniques that will help minimize the environmental impact of lead at a range. Also included are appendices on a number of topics and resources that a shooting range manager might wish to explore. Portions of the Best Management Practices for Outdoor Shooting Ranges detailed in the Florida DEP manual were taken from publications by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Association of Shooting Ranges.
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.