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Florida and the Clean Water Act in 2010

Posted: Sun May 10, 2009 7:25 am
by William Djubin
This is my first Reef Check post.

Many of you are aware of the disasterous situation that is pending for the Florida SE Reef Tract.
With an ongoing population boom, unprecidented development of coastal areas, and a fever for the Bio-fuel opportunity to lead= all of this creates massive stresses for the Reefs.

This year 2009, Reef Check successfully launched a S. Florida campaign, and I participated in the launch and became Eco-diver certified.
http://www.reefcheck.org/news/news_detail.php?id=481

One of the most important instruments for protecting on-shore reefs is a comprehensive (inland/point/non-point) Water Quality Monitoring System with a Total Maximum Daily Loads methodology.
Since 1998 the State of Florida has not been protected by the Clean Water Act.

Florida should have Clean Water Act protection in 2010, with numerical values to assess the damaged/impaired bodies of water. (over 2,000)
-story is here
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jan2009/2009-01-21-092.asp

-the 2009 EPA determination of Florida's Water

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:21 am
by William Djubin
Magnitude of Nutrient Over-Enrichment in Florida
(this passage is copied from the original EPA document linked below)
Things must change in Florida soon...

Water quality degradation due to nutrient over-enrichment is a significant
environmental issue in Florida. Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection has
acknowledged and documented the magnitude of over-enrichment. According to
Florida’s 2008 Integrated Report,6 approximately 1,000 miles of rivers and streams,
350,000 acres of lakes, and 900 square miles of estuaries are impaired for nutrients in the
State. To put this into context, these values represent approximately 16% of the assessed
river and stream miles, 36% of the assessed lake acres, and 25% of the assessed square
miles of estuaries that Florida has listed as impaired under the IWR. The actual number
of miles and acres of waters impaired for nutrients is likely higher, as many waters
currently classified as “unassessed” may also be impaired.
This conclusion is based upon a range of available information, including the vast
amounts of monitoring data that exist on nutrient-related parameters in Florida waters.
With almost 800,000 nutrient-related data points in STORET (including nitrogen,
phosphorus, chlorophyll-a, and turbidity), Florida has substantially more data points than
any other State or Territory to clearly characterize the magnitude of its nutrient
challenges.

http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/standards/rules/fl-determination20090114.pdf

Florida and the Clean Water Act in 2013.

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:19 pm
by William Djubin
Federal mandate but still.
We are still in 2013 not protected by the Clean Water Act in Florida. Un-real.
Florida needs to be protected by the Clean Water Act. Thank you
.