News & Announcements
Draft List of
Assessments in the Group
2 (Cycle 3) Basins for
the Verified List of
Impaired Waters, Delist,
Study, and Natural
The Department announces the availability of the
DRAFT lists of assessments for waterbodies and water segments within the
Group 2 Basins: Apalachicola-Chipola River, Charlotte Harbor, Lower St.
Johns River, Middle St. Johns River, St. Lucie – Loxahatchee, and Tampa
Water Quality Assessment
The Department is pleased to announce the publication of the
Integrated Water Quality Assessment Report for Florida.
This report represents one of the most comprehensive data collection
efforts in the nation and provides the reader with substantial
information regarding the quality of our waters. These
comprehensive analyses are made possible by the support of the citizens
of Florida, who agree that our waterbodies are a central part of our
state’s culture and heritage. This report includes contributions from
monitoring efforts at all levels – by government, universities,
volunteer groups, and individuals – resulting in substantially more
monitoring stations and water quality data than any other state in the
nation. More than 30% of the nutrient data for the nation comes
from Florida waters. In fact, 25% of the nation’s ambient water
quality monitoring stations (more than 41,000) are located within
This large amount of water quality data is used annually for the
assessment of waterbody health by means of a comprehensive stepwise
approach. Hundreds of assessments are conducted each year.
Additionally, as part of this report, a statewide water quality
condition is presented using an unbiased randomized monitoring design,
and water quality trends are reported at 76 separate surface water and
49 ground water stations. These efforts allow us to understand the
state’s water conditions, make decisions that further enhance our
waterways, and focus our efforts towards to address problems. (Excerpted
from the Letter to Floridians)
Florida’s rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters are spectacularly beautiful. More
than that, they are essential natural resources, supplying the water necessary
for aquatic life, both large and microscopic; drinking water; recreation;
industry; fishing and shellfish harvesting; and agriculture.
Florida's multi-billion tourist industry would vanish if our water resources
were irreparably degraded.
Protecting these abundant water resource, restoring them when they become
damaged because of unmanaged growth and development, and preserving them for
the future is your responsibility and ours.
DEP's Divisions of Water Resource Management and Environmental Assessment and
Restoration implement a wide range of
programs to protect and restore Florida's surface waters. Tour this website
and you will find dozens of different strategies and activities underway to
benefit water quality. At the heart of these efforts, particularly in
identifying water quality problems and establishing clean-up objectives, is
the Watershed Assessment program.
more information, send e-mail to
Kevin O'Donnell (Kevin.ODonnell@dep.state.fl.us)
2600 Blair Stone Road - Mail Station 3560
Tallahassee, FL, 32399-2400
Phone: (850) 245-8433