Total Maximum Daily Loads Program
availability of a draft
TMDL report for impaired
waters for stakeholder
review and comments in
Middle St. Johns River
public is invited to
attend the TMDL workshop
on these TMDLs that will
be held on October 31,
2013 at 9:30 am in the Lyonia Environmental
Center, 2150 Eustace
Avenue, Deltona, FL
32725. Written comments
will be accepted through
November 29, 2013 and
should be directed to:
The public is invited to attend TMDL workshops on these TMDLs that will
be held on November 5th, 2013, at the Florida Department of
Transportation, Lake City Operations Center, Santa Fe/Suwannee Room, 710
NW Lake Jeffery Rd Lake City, FL 32055, at the times listed below.
Written comments will be accepted through November 22, 2013 and should
be directed to:
The Public is
Invited to Attend a Lake
Talquin TMDL Public
Workshop on November 7,
This public workshop is for interested stakeholders to discuss with the
Department issues related to development of nutrient and dissolved
oxygen total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for Lake Talquin in the
Ochlockonee River basin. The workshop will provide an opportunity for
the Department to present a general approach for developing the TMDLs
and receive feedback from local stakeholders. The workshop will also
discuss the TMDL rule making processes that will follow. The meeting
will be held at 2:30 pm on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in conference room
609 at the Bob Martinez Center 2600 Blair Stone Rd., Tallahassee,
Florida, 32399. Comments on these TMDLs should be directed to:
comments will be
accepted through October
24, 2013 and should be
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 (i.e.
Final, 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 Moira Rojas (Moira.Rojas@dep.state.fl.us),
(850) 245-8460 or Janis Morrow (Janis.Morrow@dep.state.fl.us),
more information, send e-mail to
Maximum Daily Load Program
2600 Blair Stone Road - Mail Station 3555
Tallahassee, FL, 32399-2400
Phone: (850) 245-8449