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The Department announces the following upcoming meeting(s) to discuss the development of Basin Management Action Plans.  Meeting(s) are open to the public.
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Silver Springs Basin Management Action Plan Technical Meeting

This is a technical meeting to discuss the Silver Springs Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP).  This event is open to the public.  DEP will present a revised draft of the nitrogen loading inventory and begin discussion of what will be the BMAP focus areas for projects.

April 23, 2014
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Marion County Growth Services
Training and Meeting Room
2710 East Silver Springs Blvd
Ocala, FL 34479
Silver Springs Agenda


What is a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP)?

Efforts are underway in the following
watersheds to develop BMAPs

Map of BMAP Activities

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It is the "blueprint" for restoring impaired waters by reducing pollutant loadings to meet the allowable loadings established in a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). It represents a comprehensive set of strategies--permit limits on wastewater facilities, urban and agricultural best management practices, conservation programs, financial assistance and revenue generating activities, etc.--designed to implement the pollutant reductions established by the TMDL. These broad-based plans are developed with local stakeholders--they rely on local input and local commitment--and they are adopted by Secretarial Order to be enforceable.

What BMAPs have been adopted so far?

The following BMAPs have been adopted by DEP Secretarial Order

St. Lucie River and Estuary (May 2013)

The St. Lucie River and Estuary Basin Management Action Plan represents the collaborative effort of Martin County, Okeechobee County, St. Lucie County; the cities of Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, and Town of Sewall’s Point; Copper Creek Community Development District (CDD), Tradition CDD, Verano CDD; Hobe St. Lucie Conservancy District, North St. Lucie River Water Control District (WCD), Pal Mar WCD, Troup-Indiantown WCD; Florida Department of Transportation; Florida Turnpike Authority; Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; and South Florida Water Management District to identify and implement the management strategies necessary to achieve the nutrient and dissolved oxygen total maximum daily loads for the St. Lucie River and Estuary Basin.

Indian River Lagoon Basin Management Action Plans (February 2013)

These Basin Management Action Plans (BMAP) represent long-term plans to restore deeper water seagrass habitats in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) Basin through the reduction of watershed loadings of total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) (nutrients).   The IRL Basin is a 156-mile-long estuary located on Florida’s east coast.  The impaired portions of the basin start just south of the Ponce De Leon Inlet in Volusia County and end just north of the Fort Pierce Inlet at the Indian River County–St. Lucie County boundary line.  Due to the large geographic extent of the IRL Basin and the hydrologic differences throughout the basin, the best way to address the implementation of projects that would achieve nutrient reductions and restore sea grass was to divide it into three subbasins: (1) North Indian River Lagoon, (2) Central Indian River Lagoon, and (3) Banana River Lagoon.  Separate BMAPs were developed for each subbasin. 

Caloosahatchee Estuary Basin (November 2012)

The Caloosahatchee Estuary Watershed Basin Management Action Plan was prepared as part of a statewide watershed management approach to restore and protect Florida’s water quality. This document was developed by the Caloosahatchee River stakeholders, with participation from affected local, regional, and state governmental interests; elected officials and citizens; and private interests. The purpose of this BMAP is to implement TN reductions for the portion of the loading generated in the Caloosahatchee Estuary Basin.

Everglades West Coast Basin (November 2012)

The Everglades West Coast Basin Management Action Plan was prepared as part of a statewide watershed management approach to restore and protect Florida’s water quality. It was developed by the Everglades West Coast stakeholders, with participation from affected local, regional, and state governmental interests; elected officials and citizens; and private interests. The purpose of this BMAP is to implement TN reductions for the Hendry Creek and Imperial River Basins to achieve the TMDLs for DO.

Lake Harney, Lake Monroe, Middle St. Johns River, and Smith Canal (August 2012)

The Lakes Harney, Lakes Monroe, Middle St. Johns River, and Smith Canal Basin Management Action Plan represents the collaborative effort of St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Department of Transportation, Seminole and Volusia Counties, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Lake Helen, Lake Mary, Orange City, and Sanford to identify the management strategies necessary to achieve the nutrient TMDLs for the Lake Harney, Lake Monroe, St. Johns River, and Smith Canal Basins.

Santa Fe River (February 2012)

The Santa Fe River Basin BMAP addresses nutrient TMDLs in the Santa Fe and New Rivers. The BMAP was developed by FDEP with the assistance of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Suwannee River Partnership, local communities and county governments, and individual stakeholders.

Bayou Chico (October 2011)

The Bayou Chico Basin Management Action Plan represents a collaborative effort by Escambia County, City of Pensacola, Emerald Coast Utility Authority, Escambia County Health Department, Florida Department of Transportation, Bayou Chico Association, U.S. Naval Air Station, the University of West Florida, the Bay Area Resources Council, and the Northwest Florida Water Management District identifies actions to decrease fecal coliform bacteria in six waterbody segments within the Bayou Chico watershed.

Lower St. Johns River Tributaries II (August 2010)

The Lower St. Johns River Tributaries BMAP addresses fifteen fecal coliform TMDLs for Craig Creek, McCoy Creek, Williamson Creek, Fishing Creek, Deep Bottom Creek, Moncrief Creek, Blockhouse Creek, Hopkins Creek, Cormorant Branch, Wills Branch, Sherman Creek, Greenfield Creek, Pottsburg Creek, Upper Trout River, and Lower Trout River. This plan was developed collaboratively by the Cities of Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach; Naval Station Mayport, JEA, Duval County Health Department, Florida Department of Transportation, the community Basin Working Group Stakeholders, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Lake Jesup – (May 2010)

The Lake Jesup Basin Management Action Plan represents the collaborative effort of Seminole and Orange Counties; the Cities of Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland, Orlando, Oviedo, Sanford, Winter Park, Winter Springs; the Town of Eatonville; the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; the Florida Department of Transportation; the Florida Turnpike Enterprise; the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and the St. Johns River Water Management District to identify the management strategies necessary to achieve the nutrient TMDLs for the Lake Jesup.

Lower St. Johns River Tributaries (December 2009)

The Lower St. Johns River Tributaries BMAP addresses ten fecal coliform TMDLs for Newcastle Creek, Hogan Creek, Butcher Pen Creek, Miller Creek, Miramar Creek, Big Fishweir Creek, Deer Creek, Terrapin Creek, Goodby's Creek, and Open Creek. This plan developed collaboratively by the City of Jacksonville, JEA, Duval County Health Department, Florida Department of Transportation, Tributary Assessment Team, the community Basin Working Group Stakeholders, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Hillsborough River Basin (October 2009)

The HRBMAP represents the collaborative effort of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program; Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk Counties; the Cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace; the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission and the Health Department; the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District; and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to identify the management strategies necessary to achieve the fecal coliform TMDLs for the following 6 stream segments: Blackwater Creek, New River, Spartman Branch, Baker Creek, Flint Creek, and the Lower Hillsborough River.

Lower St. Johns River  (October 2008)

The LSJR BMAP represents the collaborative effort of the Lower St. Johns River TMDL Executive Committee in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration to identify the management strategies necessary to achieve the nutrient TMDLs for the main stem of the river from the confluence of the Ocklawaha River north to the mouth of the river.

Long Branch (May 2008)

The Long Branch Basin Management Action Plan, developed in partnership with Orange County and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, identifies actions that are needed to decrease bacteria and nutrients in Long Branch. Long Branch is a tributary of the Econlockhatchee River in unincorporated Orange County, between Bithlo and Wedgefield.

Orange Creek (May 2008)

The Orange Creek Basin Management Action Plan, developed in partnership with the City of Gainesville, Marion and Alachua Counties, the St. Johns River Water Management District, Alachua County Health Department, University of Florida, Gainesville Regional Utilities, private silviculture interests, and other local stakeholders, identifies actions and commitments to restoring and protecting water quality in the Orange Creek Basin. The Orange Creek Basin is a tributary of the Ocklawaha River. The plan's implementation will benefit surface waters in Alachua and Marion Counties, including Orange Lake, Lochloosa Lake, Newnans Lake, Tumblin Creek, Sweetwater Branch, Hogtown Creek, Lake Wauberg, Paynes Prairie/Alachua Sink, and the Ocklawaha River.

Upper Ocklawaha (August 2007)

The Upper Ocklawaha Basin Management Action Plan, developed in partnership with Lake and Orange counties, cities, the St. Johns River Water Management District, Lake County Water Authority and other local stakeholders, identifies actions and commitments to restore and protect water quality in the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin. Its implementation will benefit surface waters throughout Lake and part of Orange Counties, including the Clermont Chain of Lakes connected by the Palatlakaha River, Lake Apopka, Lake Griffin, and the Harris Chain of Lakes.


Implementation Guidance for the Fecal Coliform Total Maximum Daily Loads

The document: Implementation Guidance for the Fecal Coliform Total Maximum Daily Loads Adopted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been developed from the Department’s experiences in collaborating with local stakeholders during BMAP efforts around the state. This document provides local stakeholders useful information for identifying sources of fecal coliform bacteria in their watersheds and examples of management actions to address these sources. The document appendices are available in Compact Disk format and may be requested by contacting Charles.Gauthier@dep.state.fl.us.


For more information, send e-mail to Charles Gauthier, (Charles.Gauthier@dep.state.fl.us), or contact Program Staff.

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Phone: (850) 245-8555

Last updated: April 23, 2014

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