Florida DEP Triennial Review of State Surface Water Quality Standards

FROM FDEP:

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) scheduled a second series of public workshops as part of the Triennial Review of state surface water quality standards.  These public workshops are a follow up to public workshops held on May 15 – 17, 2012.  At the workshops, FDEP staff will summarize the technical work completed in support of revisions to the human health-based surface water quality criteria and revisions to the dissolved oxygen (DO) criteria (both fresh and marine waters), and then present draft rule language to implement the revised criteria in both Chapters 62-302 and 62-303, F.A.C., and draft rule language related to mixing zones for beach nourishment projects.  While the focus of the workshops will be on the rule language for these topics, all surface water quality standards are open for review and comment as part of the Triennial Review.

Three public workshops have been scheduled:

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 9:00 a.m.  (AGENDA)
PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martinez Center, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Room 609, Tallahassee, Florida

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 9:00 a.m.  (AGENDA)
PLACE: City of Leesburg Community Center, 109 E. Dixie Avenue, Leesburg, Florida

DATE AND TIME: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 9:00 a.m.  (AGENDA)
PLACE: South Florida Water Management District, Lower West Coast Service Center, Conference Room, 2301 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida

FDEP posted a draft technical support document for proposed revisions to human health-based criteria on the agency’s website.  Shortly, FDEP will post the revised draft of the dissolved oxygen criteria technical support document on the same website.   Draft rule language will be sent out before the workshops, and will be posted on the above website.

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