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Lower St. Johns River Basin TMDL Highlights

Lower St. Johns River Basin TMDL

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is committed to addressing water quality issues in the lower St. Johns River. The Department has consistently worked with its federal and local partners to restore this critical natural resource.

In 1999, Florida took unparalleled steps to implement the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program, embarking on a bold initiative to identify, evaluate and restore degraded waterways. The Department is using a systematic, science-based and protective method for targeting degraded waters and developing individual standards to restore each unique water-body. Basin Management Action Plans (BMAP) are implementation plans specific to that basin and for specific TMDLs.  Each BMAP contains specific actions and/or projects that will result in water quality improvements to restore the water body to its designated use. 

Florida’s water quality standards are among the highest in the nation. Firm regulation and collaborative partnerships are cleaning up pollution faster and better.

Lower St. Johns River Main Stem
BMAP Overview
BMAP Overview
Status: Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) was adopted in October of 2008.


Current Activities:  BMAP projects are being implemented and the DEP is monitoring water quality in the St. Johns River to evaluate the improvements.  The results are reviewed and issued annually.  Most recently, the 2011 Progress Report was discussed at the annual TMDL Executive Committee meeting in February 2012. 

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Lower St. Johns River Main Stem BMAP Executive Committee

Status: There are 75 tributaries identified as impaired for fecal coliform contamination.  Additional areas have been identified for nutrient and dissolved oxygen impairments.  Information on specific tributaries.


BMAP #1 - The BMAP for 10 tributaries with fecal coliform impairment has been completed and is open to public comment.

BMAP #2 - The BMAP process for 15 tributaries began in September 2009. 

TMDL Adoption:  TMDL adoption is the first step for these impaired tributaries.  The first round of adoption was completed and development of other TMDLs continues.

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More information on the TMDL effort

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Last updated: August 01, 2014
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