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Strategic Monitoring Plans
 

The Department announces the availability of the 2013 Strategic Monitoring plans. These plans represent the monitoring being done by FDEP in preparation for Groups 3 and 4 in  2013.

The Watershed Assessment, Strategic Monitoring Plans are developed to assist in assessing the health of surface waters by conducting hydrological and biological watershed-based monitoring activities. These activities are carried out by the six FDEP District offices, often in cooperation with water management districts or local governments. The primary objective of the Strategic Monitoring Plan is to assure that all waters on the 1998 TMDL Consent Decree or on the Planning List have sufficient data to be assessed using the Impaired Waters Rule (Chapter 62-303, F.A.C.) methodology. This data is used to assess water body health and to develop and implement TMDLs. These plans are constructed in the fall prior to the year of sampling, relying on data extracted from Florida STORET and input from DEP district staff. This information is assembled and specific waterbodies are targeted for sample collection. Sampling is based upon specific parameters for each particular waterbody (WBID).

Strategic Monitoring Plans

Basin Group Cycle Individual Basins  Combined Group Zip File
1 3 Group 1 Cycle 3 - 2010
1 3 Group 1 Cycle 3 - 2011
2 3 Group 2 Cycle 3 - 2011
2 3 Group 2 Cycle 3 - 2012
3 3 Group 3 Cycle 3 - 2011
3 3 Group 3 Cycle 3 - 2012
3 3 Group 3 Cycle 3 - 2013
4 2 Group 4 Cycle 2 - 2009
4 3 Group 4 Cycle 3 - 2013
5 2 Group 5 Cycle 2 - 2010

(Note: The Strategic monitoring plans are approximately 300 KB in size and available in Adobe PDF format.)

Below is the strategic monitoring basin rotation schedule for water quality assessment purposes. This schedule is set such that each of the five basin groups situated throughout Florida is addressed on a 5-year cycle, similar to how the assessment and TMDL development rotations works. Rotational monitoring focuses on collecting data shortfalls and critical ongoing sampling needed for assessment. Schedules for sampling of each Basin Group are listed below. By implementing the strategic monitoring in the year prior to assessment, this allows sufficient time for all analyses to be done, data to be processed and uploaded to FL STORET making the data available for assessments at the end of the verified period on June 30th.

Group Basin Rotation Groups Cycle Begin
Strategic
Monitoring
End
Strategic
Monitoring
Verified
 Period
 Ends
1 Everglades West Coast; Lake Okeechobee; Ochlockonee - St. Marks; Ocklawaha; Suwannee; Tampa Bay 1 1-Jan-01 31-Dec-01 30-Jun-02
1 Everglades West Coast; Lake Okeechobee; Ochlockonee - St. Marks; Ocklawaha; Suwannee; Tampa Bay 2 1-Jan-06 31-Dec-06 30-Jun-07
2 Apalachicola - Chipola; Charlotte Harbor; Lower St. Johns; Middle St. Johns; St. Lucie - Loxahatchee; Tampa Bay Tributaries; 1 1-Jan-02 31-Dec-02 30-Jun-03
2 Apalachicola - Chipola; Charlotte Harbor; Lower St. Johns; Middle St. Johns; St. Lucie - Loxahatchee; Tampa Bay Tributaries; 2 1-Jan-07 31-Dec-07 30-Jun-08
3 Caloosahatchee; Choctawhatchee - St. Andrews; Lake Worth Lagoon - Palm Beach Coast; Sarasota - Peace - Myakka; Upper St. Johns; ** 1 1-Jan-03 31-Dec-03 30-Jun-04
3 Caloosahatchee; Choctawhatchee - St. Andrews; Lake Worth Lagoon - Palm Beach Coast; Sarasota - Peace - Myakka; Upper St. Johns; ** 2 1-Jan-08 31-Dec-08 30-Jun-09
4 Fisheating Creek; Kissimmee River; Nassau - St. Marys; Pensacola; Southeast Coast - Biscayne Bay; Withlacoochee 1 1-Jan-04 31-Dec-04 30-Jun-05
4 Fisheating Creek; Kissimmee River; Nassau - St. Marys; Pensacola; Southeast Coast - Biscayne Bay; Withlacoochee 2 1-Jan-09 31-Dec-09 30-Jun-10
5 Everglades; Florida Keys; Indian River Lagoon; Perdido; Springs Coast; Upper East Coast 1 1-Jan-05 31-Dec-05 30-Jun-06
5 Everglades; Florida Keys; Indian River Lagoon; Perdido; Springs Coast; Upper East Coast 2 1-Jan-10 31-Dec-10 30-Jun-11

 

Group Basins Strategic
Monitoring
Period
Assessment
Period
TMDL
Development
Period
3 Caloosahatchee; Choctawhatchee-St. Andrews; Lake Worth Lagoon-Palm Beach Coast; Sarasota-Peace-Myakka; Upper St. Johns** January 1, 2008 December 31, 2008 July 1, 2009 - November 2009 December 2009 September 2010
4 Fisheating Creek; Kissimmee River; Nassau-St. Marys; Pensacola; Southeast Coast-Biscayne Bay; Withlacoochee January 1, 2009 December 31, 2009 July 1, 2010 - November 2010 December 2010 September 2011
5 Everglades; Florida Keys; Indian River Lagoon; Perdido; Springs Coast; Upper East Coast January 1, 2010 December 31, 2010 July 1, 2011 - November 2011 December 2011 September 2012

** Only five group-3 basins, group-3 basin non-existent in Northeast District



For more information regarding the Department's rotating Basin plan, please visit our "Basin 411" pages.


For more information, send e-mail to Kevin O'Donnell (Kevin.ODonnell@dep.state.fl.us)

Watershed Assessment Program
2600 Blair Stone Road - Mail Station 3560
 Tallahassee, FL, 32399-2400
Phone: (850) 245-8433

Last updated: May 14, 2013

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