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Department of Environmental Protection

Environmental Assessment and Restoration

What is the purpose of the division?

The purpose of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration is to identify and reduce the impact of human activities on water quality and restore waters that have already been identified as impaired.

 

What services are provided by the division?

The Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration implements a comprehensive suite of activities, including the establishment of water quality standards, water quality monitoring, assessing natural bodies of water for pollution, developing and implementing restoration plans, and providing the department and other agencies with laboratory services. It is organized into the following major programs.

What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that water from rainfall and snowmelt flows across before it drains into a common body of water, like a stream, river, lake, or ocean. Watersheds range in size from a small inland stream or lake to thousands of square miles. The water may pick up pollutants while it is flowing towards the larger body of water. The division has organized these watersheds into 29 groups of basins.

What is a total maximum daily load?

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is the estimate of the greatest amount of a pollutant that can enter a waterbody while allowing it to maintain water quality standards.  TMDLs determine a pollution reduction target and appropriate load restrictions as necessary to the source(s) of the pollutant. 

Thus far, the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration has developed 426 TMDLs to inform the development of Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPS). The division has 31 BMAPS which comprise over 13 million watershed acres.

What percentage of large lakes and rivers have healthy nutrient levels and what percentage of groundwater wells meet water quality standards?

In Fiscal Year 2018-19, 81.65 (± 4.55%) of monitored groundwater wells reflected good water quality (no exceedances of ground water quality standards) compared to the 85% legislatively approved performance standard. During the same period, the percent of large lakes that met priority water quality criteria for total nitrogen, total phosphorous, and dissolved oxygen were 82.0% (± 3.8%), 73.5% (± 3.9%), and 98.1% (± 0.7%), respectively, compared to the legislatively approved performance standards of 85%, 70%, and 95%. Also during the same time period, the percent of rivers that met priority water quality criteria for total nitrogen, total phosphorous, and dissolved oxygen were 75.4% (± 2.3%), 85.1% (± 1.8%), and 86.4% (± 1.9%), respectively, compared to the legislatively approved performance standards of 70%, 82%, and 95%.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions
PROGRAM: ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND RESTORATION
WATER SCIENCE AND LABORATORY SERVICES
50,179,981
199.00
TOTAL
50,179,981
199.00

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports

Preliminary Results of the South Florida Canal Aquatic Life Study, Department of Environmental Protection, October 2019.

Final Integrated Water Quality Assessment for Florida: 2018 Sections 303(d) and 314 Report and Listing Update, Department of Environmental Protection, June 2018, Revised March 2019.   


Websites of Interest
Department of Environmental Protection News and Press Releases
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Performance Information


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Section 20.255 and Ch. 403, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, 850-245-2118

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