On Feb. 25 in Live Oak, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection kicked off a series of six meetings around Florida to take public input on the Department’s water quality assessment and restoration priorities over the next two years.
To restore and protect Florida’s surface waters, the DEP collects water quality data through its own monitoring programs and with the help of other agencies. The data are then analyzed to determine which rivers, lakes, streams, springs, and estuaries do not meet Florida’s water quality standards and are thus “impaired.”
At the public meetings staff will explain the assessment and restoration process and present the proposed 2014 strategic monitoring plan. A complete list of workshop dates and locations can be found at depnewsroom.wordpress.com.