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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2010
CONTACT: Dee Ann Miller, (850) 245-2112 or (850) 519-2898


DEP Release Lake Jesup Basin Management Action Plan

--Program moves aggressively forward with cooperation of local, regional stakeholders--

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced adoption of the Lake Jesup Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) to reduce pollution and restore the water quality of the lake. Lake Jesup is one of the largest lakes in central Florida. The action plan, developed in partnership with Seminole and Orange Counties; the Cities of Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland, Orlando, Oviedo, Sanford, Winter Park; the Town of Eatonville; the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; the Florida Department of Transportation; the Florida Turnpike Enterprise; the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and the St. Johns River Water Management District identifies actions to decrease nutrient concentrations in Lake Jesup.

Water quality restoration targets, called Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), were adopted by DEP for Lake Jesup. The TMDLs establish the amount of reduction of nutrients needed to restore the beneficial uses of this water body. The BMAP lists the steps that must be taken to reduce nutrient concentrations, a schedule for their implementation, and potential resources to accomplish the reductions.

The Lake Jesup BMAP was developed under DEP’s comprehensive approach to identify polluted waterways and build partnerships with local, regional, and state interests to return the water bodies to a healthy condition. Through its science-based program, DEP determined that Lake Jesup did not meet Florida’s water quality standards and, therefore, established restoration targets and worked in collaboration with local stakeholders to create the BMAP. The local stakeholders identified projects to achieve restoration in these water bodies and have committed to monitoring to ensure restoration occurs and to identify additional nutrient sources.

“This effort demonstrates the commitment of local governments and stakeholders to the restoration of their local water bodies. To the credit of local government, many projects have been implemented in advance of finalizing the restoration plan,” said DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole.

Proposed actions in the BMAP include stormwater system management; regulations, ordinances and guidelines; conservation and land acquisition; best management practices for agricultural lands; public education and outreach; wastewater infrastructure; and ongoing water quality monitoring. The stakeholders have already implemented many of these actions and the remaining projects will be in place within the next five years.

“The Lake Jesup Basin Management Action Plan represents important commitments by the stakeholders to address nutrient pollution. This unique effort addresses all the potential sources of excess nutrients and recognizes the efforts of the organizations who are managing those sources,” said DEP Deputy Secretary Mimi Drew. “I commend these organizations for establishing a series of actions to manage nutrient pollution; together we have established a plan to restore healthy water quality in the lake.”

For more information about DEP’s water quality protection and restoration programs visit: www.dep.state.fl.us/water/tmdl/index.htm.

To view the Lake Jesup BMAP, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/water/watersheds/bmap.htm.

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"This effort demonstrates the commitment of local governments and stakeholders to the restoration of their local water bodies. To the credit of local government, many projects have been implemented in advance of finalizing the restoration plan."

Michael W. Sole
DEP Secretary

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Last updated: June 08, 2010

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