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Strategic Monitoring Plans
 

The Department announces the availability of the 2014 Strategic Monitoring plans. These plans represent the water quality and biological monitoring being done by the Department in preparation for basin assessments as part of the watershed management approach. 

The Watershed Assessment, Strategic Monitoring Plans (SMPs) 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 Regional Operation Center (ROC) staff located in each of the Department’s six District offices and assessment staff in Tallahassee.  This extensive monitoring effort is accomplished through strong coordination with water management districts, city and county governments.  

Applying the Impaired Waters Rule (Chapter 62-303, F.A.C.) methodology, the primary objective of the Strategic Monitoring Plan is to assure that all waters identified on previous Planning Lists, as well as, any additional waters based on more recent data identified through preliminary assessments that meet the listing requirements for the Planning or Study Lists, will achieve the additional data sufficiency requirements in the Verified Period. This data is used to assess the waterbody health and for those waterbodies that are verified as impaired, provides data used to develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and evaluate implementation of Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs). These plans are initially constructed in the fall prior to the year of sampling, relying on data extracted from Florida STORET, the USGS database, and input from DEP district staff. This information is assembled and specific parameters are targeted for sample collection in the waterbodies identified in the plans below.

Strategic Monitoring Plans

Below are the 2014 strategic monitoring plans developed to assist the Department in providing water quality and biological data for 303(d) assessment purposes.  The core schedule is designed such that each of the five basin groups situated throughout Florida are addressed on a 5-year cycle, consistent with the impaired waters assessments.  Prioritizing monitoring efforts on specific basins allows there to be a focus on collecting data shortfalls and to combine with critical ongoing sampling needed for assessment.  By implementing strategic monitoring two years prior to the assessment, allots sufficient time for all analyses to be completed, data to be processed, and uploaded to STORET allowing the data to be available for assessments by the end of the verified period on June 30th. A GIS shapefile of Strategic Monitoring Plan stations sampled by the Department can obtained from the Basin 411 downloads page.

2014 Monitoring Plans

DEP District

Group Number and Basin Monitored

2014 Northwest SMP
(Pensacola)
1 – Ochlockonee – St. Marks
2 – Apalachicola – Chipola
3 – Choctawhatchee – St. Andrews
4 – Pensacola
5 - Perdido
2014 Northeast SMP
(Jacksonville)
1 – Suwanee
2 – Lower St. Johns
4 – Nassau – St. Marys
5 – Upper East Coast
2014 Southwest SMP
(Temple Terrace)
1 – Tampa Bay
2 – Tampa Bay Tributaries
3 – Sarasota Bay – Peace – Myakka
4 – Withlacoochee
5 – Springs Coast
2014 South SMP
(Ft. Myers)
3 – Sarasota Bay – Peace – Myakka
3 -  Caloosahatchee
4 – Kissimmee River
4 – Fisheating Creek
2014 Central SMP
(Orlando)
2 – Middle St. Johns
3 – Upper St. Johns
4 – Kissimmee River
2014 Southeast SMP
(West Palm Beach)
2 – St. Lucie – Loxahatchee
3 – Upper St. Johns
4 – Southeast Coast – Biscayne Bay

 

2013 Monitoring Plans

(Note: These Strategic monitoring plans are zipped PDF format files and range in size from 500 KB to 1.7 MB.)

Group

Group Basins Being Monitored

Group 3 Cycle 3 - 2013 Strategic Monitoring Plan
  • Caloosahatchee 2013
  • Choctawhatchee – St. Andrews 2013
  • Lake Worth Lagoon – Palm Beach Coast 2013
  • Sarasota – Peace - Myakka 2013
  • Upper St. Johns 2013
Group 4 Cycle 3 - 2013 Strategic Monitoring Plan
  • Kissimmee River
  • Nassau – St. Marys

 

2012 Monitoring Plans

(Note: These Strategic monitoring plans are zipped PDF format files and range in size from 500 KB to 1.7 MB.)

Group

Group Basins Being Monitored

Group 2 Cycle 3 - 2012 Strategic Monitoring Plan
  • Apalachicola/Chipola 2012
  • Charlotte Harbor 2012
  • Lower St. Johns 2012
  • Middle St. Johns 2012
  • St. Lucie/Loxahatchee 2012
  • Tampa Bay Tributaries 2012
Group 3 Cycle 3 - 2012 Strategic Monitoring Plan
  • Caloosahatchee 2012
  • Lake Worth Lagoon/Palm Beach Coast 2012

 

Revision to 303(d) Assessment Schedule

Due to the new numeric nutrient criteria data sufficiency requirements, the Department revised the assessment schedule for Group 2 waters until June, 2014 to allow monitoring efforts to collect the data needed to fully assess waters using the new criteria.  Implementation of the numeric nutrient criteria requires two to three years of data to assess a waterbody rather than a single year of data under previous rules.  As a result of this data sufficiency requirement, in most years, each district will be monitoring in at least two basins; however, depending on the region and workload capacity staff may at times work in multiple basins.  This shift in monitoring does not require any changes in schedules for uploading data to STORET.  The revised assessment schedules for cycle 3 and 4 are shown below.

Cycle 3 Assessment Schedule

Group

Planning Period

Verified Period

1 1/1/2000 – 12/31/2009 1/1/2005 - 6/30/2012 
2 1/1/2002 – 12/31/2011 1/1/2007 - 6/30/2014
3 1/1/2003 – 12/31/2012 1/1/2008 - 6/30/2015
4 1/1/2004 – 12/31/2013 1/1/2009 - 6/30/2016
5 1/1/2005 - 12/31/2014 1/1/2010 - 6/30/2017

Cycle 4 Assessment Schedule

Group

Planning Period

Verified Period

1 1/1/2006 – 12/31/2015 1/1/2011 - 6/30/2018 
2 1/1/2007 – 12/31/2016 1/1/2012 - 6/30/2019
3 1/1/2008 – 12/31/2017 1/1/2013 - 6/30/2020
4 1/1/2009 – 12/31/2018 1/1/2014 - 6/30/2021
5 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2019 1/1/2015 - 6/30/2022


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

Last updated: August 14, 2014

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