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Federal Proposal to Establish Numeric Nutrient Criteria in Florida's Lakes and Flowing Waters, Including Canals


New!  EPA establishes Florida Nutrients Inland Waters Rule

EPA announces 30-day extension for Florida Nutrients Inland Waters Rule

FDEP Comments on EPA Notice of Supplemental Data Availability, Dated September 1, 2010

EPA Response to FDEP Letter, Dated August 16, 2010

FDEP Letter from FDEP to EPA, Dated August 10, 2010

EPA Notice of Supplemental Data Availability and Request for Public Comment Regarding Development of Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Florida’s Inland Flowing Waters and Lakes

EPA Extension Of Deadline For Establishment Of Numeric Nutrient Criteria For Estuarine & Coastal Waters, Downstream Protection Values In Streams, And South Florida Inland Waters (Including Canals)


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Stream Criteria

Lakes Criteria

Canals Criteria


Restoration Standards

Cost Estimates


EPA Decision to Delay Promulgation of Criteria for the Protection of Downstream Estuaries

  • March 17, 2010 Letter to DEP Secretary (137 KB)
    Note: Due to the decision by EPA to delay final promulgation of the downstream protection values for estuary protection until the 2011 estuary and coastal rulemaking effort, FDEP is suspending our review on that aspect of the proposed rule.

Numeric Nutrient Criteria Preliminary Assessment of Florida’s Fresh Waters (1.8 MB)

February 23, 2010 FDEP Public Meeting in Orlando

On January 14, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its draft numeric nutrient criteria for Florida's lakes and flowing waters, including canals.  EPA's proposal was published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2010.  EPA is soliciting public comment on its proposed draft and held three public meetings in Florida:

  • February 16, 2010: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Florida State University Conference Center, 555 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306
  • February 17, 2010: 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal, 7800 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819
  • February 18, 2010: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport, 1301 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Additional Materials to Support Review of EPA’s Criteria

In an effort to help Floridians understand the Federal proposal, the Department plans to provide a variety of information about the proposal on this webpage. This page will be updated as more information becomes available. Please check this page periodically for updates.

Link to data used in EPA’s Inland Technical Support Document (Docket #: EPA-HQ-OW-2009-0596-DRAFT-0288)

FDEP Evaluation of Florida Benchmark Site Exceedance Frequency Relative to EPA’s Proposed In-stream Protection Values (IPVs) and Downstream Protection Values (DPVs) (214 KB)

Evaluation of Florida’s Status Network Data Relative to EPA’s Proposed Numeric Nutrient Criteria -- In-stream Protection Values (IPVs) and Downstream Protection Values (DPVs) for Streams (1.0 MB)

List of Documents and Materials in Appendix A and Appendix B for Technical Support Document for U.S. EPA's Proposed Rule for Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Florida's Inland Surface Fresh Waters (202 KB)

Last updated: October 24, 2011

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