Total Maximum Daily Loads Program
The public is invited to
attend a workshop
on nutrient total
maximum daily loads
(TMDLs) developed for
Crescent Lake (2606B) in
the Lower St. Johns
Crescent Lake TMDL workshop will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the
Flagler County Commission Chambers, Government Services Complex, 1769
East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell, FL, 32110. The goal of the meeting
is to receive public comments on these nutrient TMDLs and establishment
of these TMDLs as site specific numeric interpretations of the narrative
nutrient criteria. The Draft Crescent
Lake Nutrient TMDL
report is available for review. Written comments on this report
will be accepted by the Department through May 22, 2015.
should be directed to: Xueqing Gao, Administrator, Watershed Evaluation
and TMDL Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Mail
Station #3555, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400,
or via email:
The public is invited to
attend a public workshop on the draft nutrient total maximum daily loads
(TMDLs) for Lake Tallavana (Gadsden County) in the Ochlockonee Basin.
Lake Tallavana Nutrient TMDL Public Workshop will
be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 4, 2015 at the First
Baptist Church of Havana, 116 E. 6th Ave., Havana, FL. The goal of the
workshop is to receive public comments on draft nutrient TMDLs for Lake
Tallavana and establish these TMDLs as site specific numeric
interpretations of the narrative nutrient criteria. A copy of the Draft
Lake Tallavana Nutrient TMDL will be posted for public review on or
around April 24, 2015. Written comments on these TMDLs will be accepted
by the Department through May 24, 2015. These comments
should be directed to: Xueqing Gao, Environmental Administrator,
Watershed Evaluation and TMDL Section, Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, Mail Station #3555, 2600 Blair Stone Road,
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, or via email:
Development Plan for
State Fiscal Year
2014-2015 and 2015-2016
is now available online.
The Department has
posted a detailed list
of the specific
aterbodies included on
development plan. The regulatory development plan for the
current state fiscal year (SFY), which runs from July 1, 2014 through
June 30, 2015, includes 38 individual waterbodies which will be
addressed through 10 TMDL rulemaking projects. The identified "business
plan date" in the table is the anticipated date of developing a DRAFT
TMDL and proposing TMDL rule language. Final adoption of the TMDL
usually occurs one or two months after proposal.
The plan also includes the tentative waterbodies identified for
development in SFY 2015-2016. While the plan is subject to change
depending on overall Department priorities and directives, it represents
the currently anticipated TMDL development work load and reflects
feedback received from stakeholders during a series of public
map showing the status
of development for each
TMDL is also
What is a TMDL?
determination of the maximum amount of a given pollutant that a surface
water can absorb and still meet the water quality standards that protect
human health and aquatic life. Water bodies that do not meet water
quality standards are identified as "impaired" for the particular
pollutants of concern--nutrients, bacteria, mercury, etc.--and TMDLs must be developed, adopted and
implemented for those pollutants to reduce pollutants and clean up the
The threshold limits on pollutants in surface waters--Florida's
surface water quality standards on which TMDLs are based--are set forth
primarily in rule
62-302, Florida Administrative Code, and the associated table of
water quality criteria.
What are the basic steps in the TMDL program? How
does it work?
- Assess the quality of surface
waters--are they meeting water quality standards?
(Surface Water Quality Standards - Chapter 62-302)
- Determine which waters are
impaired--that is, which ones are not meeting water
quality standards for a particular pollutant or
Waters Rule (IWR) - Chapter 62-303)
- Establish and adopt, by rule,
a TMDL for each impaired water for the pollutants of
concern--the ones causing the water quality problems.
(TMDLs - Chapter 62-304)
- Develop, with extensive local
Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs)
- Implement the strategies and
actions in the BMAP.
- Measure the effectiveness of
the BMAP, both continuously at the local level and
through a formal re-evaluation every five years.
- Adapt--change the plan and
change the actions if things aren't working.
- Reassess the quality of
surface waters continuously.
The Divisions are working on a
more comprehensive approach to protecting Florida water
quality involving basin-wide assessments and the
application of a full range of regulatory and
non-regulatory strategies to reduce pollution.
The Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is the heart of
this comprehensive approach.
Locations of the Department's Adopted TMDLs
DEP announces the availability of a
PDF that displays the location of the Departmentís Adopted TMDLs
as well as a PDF which shows
the status of development for each TMDL (State Rule 62-304, Florida
Administrative Code F.A.C.) within the State of Florida. Please help us improve
our service by providing feedback on what you think of our Adopted TMDL PDF,
whether the PDF is useful, and how could we make it better. Please contact
Jonathan Turner (Jonathan.Turner@dep.state.fl.us),
(850) 245-8438 or Janis Morrow (Janis.Morrow@dep.state.fl.us),
more information on the development of water quality restoration goals
(TMDLs), send e-mail to
Greg DeAngelo (Gregory.DeAngelo@dep.state.fl.us)
Water Quality Evaluation & TMDL Program
2600 Blair Stone Road - Mail Station 3555
Tallahassee, FL, 32399-2400
Phone: (850) 245-7609
For information on TMDL grants, Section 319 (nonpoint source) grants,
and other financial assistance for water infrastructure projects or
implementation of urban or agricultural best management practices,
please see our financial
assistance webpage to
determine what opportunities might be right for your project.