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Strategic Monitoring Plans
 

The Department announces the availability of the 2015 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 Section (WAS) has developed the 2015 Strategic Monitoring Plans 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 WAS 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 ensure that all waters identified on previous Planning or Study 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. These data are 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.

Revision to 303(d) Assessment Schedule

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 multiple basins. This shift in monitoring does not require any changes in schedules for uploading data to STORET.

Strategic Monitoring Plans (SMPs)

Below are the 2015 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 in specific basins allows there to be a focus on collecting data where there may be shortfalls, and to combine with critical ongoing sampling needed for assessment.  By implementing strategic monitoring two years prior to the assessment, sufficient time is allotted for all analyses to be completed and 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. In addition to this year’s strategic monitoring waterbodies, the 2015 SMP plans include several waterbodies carried over from the 2014 SMP where either sampling needs could not be met in the previous year or an additional year of data is required to determine the impairment status. A GIS shapefile of Strategic Monitoring Plan stations sampled by the Department is available upon request.

2015 Monitoring Plans

(Note: The Strategic Monitoring Plans are approximately 25-30 KB in size and available in MS Excel format.)

DEP District

Group Number and Basin Monitored

2015 Northwest SMP
(Pensacola)
3 - Choctawhatchee – St. Andrews
4 - Pensacola
5 - Perdido
2015 Northeast SMP
(Jacksonville)
1 - Suwanee
1 - Ocklawaha
2 - Lower St. Johns
4 - Nassau – St. Marys
5 - Upper East Coast
2015 Southwest SMP
(Temple Terrace)
1 - Tampa Bay
2 - Tampa Bay Tributaries
3 - Sarasota Bay – Peace – Myakka
4 - Withlacoochee
5 - Springs Coast
2015 South SMP
(Ft. Myers)
1 - Everglades West Coast
2 - Charlotte Harbor
3 - Sarasota Bay – Peace – Myakka
3 - Caloosahatchee
4 - Kissimmee River
4 - Fisheating Creek
5 - Everglades
5 - Florida Keys
2015 Central SMP
(Orlando)
1 – Ocklawaha
2 – Lower St. Johns
2 – Middle St. Johns
3 – Upper St. Johns
4 – Kissimmee River
4 – Withlacoochee
5 – Indian River Lagoon
5 – Upper East Coast
2015 Southeast SMP
(West Palm Beach)
1 – Lake Okeechobee
3 – Lake Worth Lagoon – Palm Beach Coast
4 – Southeast Coast – Biscayne Bay
5 – Everglades
5 – Florida Keys
2015 Watershed Assessment
Section (WAS)
1 – Ochlockonee – St. Marks
2 – Apalachicola – Chipola
3 – Choctawhatchee – St. Andrews

 

2014 Monitoring Plans

(Note: The Strategic Monitoring Plans are approximately 50 KB in size and available in MS Excel format.)

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

 


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: June 30, 2015

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