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