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Lower St. Johns River Documents

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1. Numeric Nutrient Criteria (NNC)

2. Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Plans

3. Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) Documents

4. Lower St. Johns River FDEP TMDL Documents & Status Report

5. Tributaries Fecal Coliform Technical Reports

6. Verified Lists of Impaired Waters

7. Lower St. Johns River Initiative Documents

8. The State of the River Report

9. St. Johns River Water Supply Impact Study

10. Low Impact Development (LID)

11. Fisheries Independent Monitoring (FIM)

12. Jacksonville Harbor Deepening

13. Other Related Information

1. Numeric Nutrient Criteria (NNC)

A more complete listing of NNC documents is on the TAC NNC page:
Numeric Nutrient Criteria Documents

EPA Documents

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Documents

A link to the Florida Department of Environmental Protections website on Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Florida’s Waters follows: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wqssp/nutrients/

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2. Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Plans

The SWIM Act was enacted in 1987 and designated the Lower St. Johns River Basin as a SWIM waterbody based on its water quality.  The SWIM Plan for the basin was initially developed in 1989 was updated in 1993.   The St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), in conjunction with basin stakeholders, updated the plan in 2008, which describes the management issues related to water quality, biological health, toxic contaminants, public education, and intergovernmental coordination and a 5-year list of projects to address these management issues.  The updated plan also includes the Lake George basin and designates this basin as a SWIM waterbody. 

SWIM Plans have also been completed for other areas in the state. Below are links to the SJRWMD website: http://floridaswater.com/plans.html

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3. Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) Documents

BMAPs outline projects, programs, and management actions to address the nutrient Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).  Once adopted by the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, the reduction requirements outlined in the document are binding and may be linked to related national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permits.The BMAP documents are available on the FDEP website at:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/watersheds/bmap.htm.


Lower St. Johns River Main Stem Nutrients BMAP (October 2008)
This BMAP is the implementation plan for nutrient TMDLs for both the marine and freshwater sections of the main stem of the river.  The BMAP was developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), and basin stakeholders.  Follow the link to view the final version of the Lower St. Johns River BMAP.

This document is also located on the FDEP website:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/northeast/stjohns/TMDL/tmdl.htm

 

Lower St. Johns River Main Stem BMAP Annual Progress Reports
An annual progress report will be published each year, describing updates from the previous year and a summary of efforts for the upcoming year.

Click on the links to view the documents:
LSJR BMAP 2014 Annual Progress Report – 030116.pdf
LSJR BMAP 2013 Five-Year Assessment Report – 022014.pdf
LSJR BMAP 2012 Annual Progress Report – 022013.pdf
LSJR BMAP 2011 Annual Progress Report – 021512.pdf
LSJR BMAP 2010 Annual Progress Report – 021411.pdf
LSJR BMAP 2009 Annual Progress Report – 010610.pdf

 

Monitoring Plan for the Implementation of Nutrient Total Maximum Daily Loads for the Lower St. Johns River Main Stem BMAP

This document describes in more detail the monitoring approach and data analysis outlined in the LSJR Main Stem BMAP.  Follow this link to view the document:  

LSJR BMAP Monitoring Plan - Final - 022410

 

Tributaries BMAP #1-Lower St. Johns River Fecal Coliform (December 2009)
The Lower St. Johns Tributaries BMAP #1 was adopted by DEP Secretarial Order in December 2009.  It covers the following 10 tributaries of the LSJR:

Newcastle Creek

Big Fishweir Creek

Hogan Creek

Deer Creek

Butcher Pen Creek

Terrapin Creek

Miller creek

Goodbys Creek

Miramar Creek

Open Creek

The final version of the document is available at:

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/Water/watersheds/docs/bmap/lsjr-tribs-fecal-bmap.pdf

Tributaries BMAP #1-LSJR Fecal Coliform Annual Progress Report
The first annual progress report for the Lower St. Johns River Tributaries BMAP #1 contains information for the period from BMAP adoption (December 1, 2009) through December 31, 2010. It provides information on BMAP water quality monitoring and trends, describes studies and technologies that may be viable tools in the future, and describes ongoing programs implemented by stakeholders, in each of the 10 BMAP 1 tributaries. Follow this link to view the document:

LSJR Tribs BMAP I 2013 Annual Progress Report – Feb2014
LSJR Tribs BMAP I 2012 Annual Progress Report - 2/27/13
LSJR Tribs BMAP I 2011 Annual Progress Report- 2/23/12
LSJR Tribs BMAP I 2010 Annual Progress Report – 3/2/11


Tributaries BMAP #2-Lower St. Johns River Fecal Coliform BMAP (2010)
The Lower St. Johns Tributaries BMAP #2 was adopted by DEP Secretarial Order in August 2010, and includes the following 15 Tributaries of the LSJR:

Craig Creek

Moncrief Creek

Sherman Creek

McCoy Creek

Blockhouse Creek

Greenfield Creek

Williamson Creek

Hopkins Creek

Pottsburg Creek

Fishing Creek

Cormorant Branch

Upper Trout River

Deep Bottom Creek

Wills Branch

Lower Trout River

The final version of the BMAP document is available on the FDEP website:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/Water/watersheds/docs/bmap/bmap-lsjt2.pdf

Tributaries BMAP #2-LSJR Fecal Coliform Annual Progress Report
LSJR Tribs BMAP II 2013 Annual Progress Report – Feb2014
LSJR Tribs BMAP II 2012 Annual Progress Report - 2/27/13
LSJR Tribs BMAP II 2011 Annual Progress Report - 11/3/11

FDEP has also adopted BMAPs in other basins as well and these BMAP documents are available on the FDEP website at:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/watersheds/bmap.htm.

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4. Lower St. Johns River FDEP Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Documents & Basin Status Report

Florida Department of Environmental Protection NEFL TMDL Priority Areas Click on the link for a list of TMDL Priority Areas for NE FL Lower St. Johns and Suwannee Basins: TMDL Development Work Plan for Northeast Florida 2014-2016

LSJR Basin Main Stem TMDL
FDEP has finalized several TMDLs for the Lower St. Johns River Basin, including the nutrient TMDLs for the main stem and fecal coliform TMDLs for several tributaries. 

The final TMDLs can be found on the FDEP website:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/tmdl/final_tmdl.htm#Group2

Draft TMDLs for the LSJR Basin can be found on the following FDEP site:

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/tmdl/draft_tmdl.htm#Group2

FDEP had provided a guidance document to assist local stakeholders in the implementation of fecal coliform TMDLs, titled “Implementation Guidance for the Fecal Coliform Total Maximum Daily Loads Adopted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection”. It can be found at the top of the page on this link:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/watersheds/docs/fcg_toolkit.pdf


Basin Status Report & Assessment Report

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) developed a Basin Status Report and a Water Quality Assessment report for the Lower St. Johns River as part of the watershed management approach for addressing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).  These reports are available on the FDEP website.  

Basin Status Report
Assessment Report

Draft Plan for the Development of a Statewide Total Maximum Daily Load for Mercury (Mercury TMDL)
The presentations from the January 4, 2011 meeting on the Mercury Freshwater TMDL are now available at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/tmdl/draft_tmdl.htm#mercury

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5. Tributary Fecal Coliform Technical Reports

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has verified 75 tributaries of the Lower St. Johns River as impaired for fecal coliform bacteria.  In an effort to address these impairments, technical reports are being prepared for each tributary to analyze available data to identify the most probable sources of fecal coliform.  The technical reports that have been completed to date are available on the FDEP FTP site.

http://publicfiles.dep.state.fl.us/DEAR/BMAP/Lower%20St.%20Johns/Tributaries%20Fecal%20Coliform%20BMAPs/Technical_Reports/

Below is a list of the Technical Reports that are being posted when they become available on the above website:

LSJR Tributaries Technical Reports

Big Fishweir Creek

Little Pottsburg Creek

Trout River (2203A)

Blockhouse Creek

Little Sixmile

Tacito Creek

Butcher Pen Creek

Long Branch

West Branch

Cormorant Branch

Mandarin Drain

Williamson Creek (update)

Cowhead Creek

McCoy Creek (update)

Wills Branch

Craig Creek (update)

Miller Creek

Big Davis Creek

Deep Bottom Creek

Miller Creek (update)

Broward River

Deer Creek

Miramar Creek

Cedar River

Dunn Creek

Moncrief Creek

Christopher Branch

Fishing Creek

New Rose Creek

Durbin Creek

Ginhouse Creek

Newcastle Creek

McGirts Creek

Goodbys Creek

Open Creek

Nine Mile Creek

Greenfield Creek

Pottsburg Creek

Oldfield Creek

Hogan Creek

Red Bay Branch

Ortega River (2213P)

Hogpen Creek

Sherman Creek

Ortega River (2249A)

Hopkins Creek

Silversmith Creek

Ribault River

Jones Creek

Terrapin Creek

Sixmile Creek

Leeds Pond

Trout River (2203)

Strawberry Creek

 

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6. Verified Lists of Impaired Waters

For a list of the Final Verified Lists for Impaired Waters for the Group 2 Basins, including the Lower St. Johns River, go to the following FDEP site:

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/WATER/watersheds/assessment/adopted_gp2-c2.htm

FDEP announces the availability of draft Verified Impaired and Delist lists for Group 5 Basins
These lists are available for stakeholder review and comments in the following Group 5 basins: Indian River Lagoon, Upper East Coast, Everglades, Florida Keys, Springs Coast and Perdido.These documents may be found at:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/watersheds/assessment/index.htm


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7. Lower St. Johns River Initiative Documents

The Lower St. Johns River Initiative is a funding effort led by St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) to obtain state funding to implement projects to improve water quality and protect surface water resources.  These projects include reuse, wastewater facility upgrades, stormwater management, and agricultural best management practices (BMPs). 

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8. The State of the River Report


The State of the River Report

The State of the River Report was put together by a team of academic researchers from Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida, and Valdosta State University, and funded by the City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board (EPB). The purpose of the State of the River Report was to pull together data and literature pertaining to the conditions in the river that had been previously collected and present it in an easily assessable format. Data from several different sources were examined, including data from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District, Fish and Wildlife Commission, City of Jacksonville, individual researchers, and others.

Click HERE to go to the Home Page for the State of the River page.

  • The 2011 Lower St. Johns River Report
    Brochure
    Full Report
    Click HERE to view the individual sections of the report
  • The 2010 Lower St. Johns River Report
    Brochure – the link will be posted when it is available
    Full Report
    Click HERE to view the individual sections of the report
  • The 2009 Lower St. Johns River Report
    Brochure
    Full Report
    Click HERE to view the individual sections of the report
  • The 2008 Lower St. Johns River Report
    Brochure
    Full Report
    Click HERE to view the individual sections of the report

River Accord Memorandum of Understanding (MOA)

Dated July 27, 2006

Click on the link to view the River Accord Memorandum of Understanding.

 

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9. St. Johns River Water Supply Impact Study - FINAL REPORT

The St. Johns River Water Supply Impact Study, the most comprehensive and scientifically rigorous analysis of the St. Johns River ever conducted, was completed and presented to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board on Feb. 14, 2012.

The four-year study resulted in the development of tools that will help guide future decision-making on the potential environmental effects of proposed water withdrawals from the St. Johns and Ocklawaha rivers on the St. Johns River system. The state-of-the-art models and methodologies that resulted from the study will be used in consumptive use permitting, minimum flows and levels development, regional water projects and water supply planning.

Follow this link for more information, and to access the Water Supply Impact Study (WSIS) documents electronically: http://www.sjrwmd.com/watersupplyimpactstudy/

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10. Low Impact Development (LID)

US EPA Green Infrastructures – January 2015
This document (EPA 842-R-15-002) demonstrates ways in which localities can incorporate Green Infrastructure into work they are doing in public spaces, and includes a number of useful case studies.

Click here for the link to the US EPA document: Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations.

LID is an approach to land development (or re-development) that works with nature to manage stormwater as close to its source as possible.  By implementing LID principles and practices, water can be managed in a way that reduces the impact of built areas and promotes the natural movement of water within an ecosystem or watershed. Applied on a broad scale, LID can maintain or restore a watershed's hydrologic and ecological functions. Three short LID guide books are not on the EPA's Green Infrastructure website, as part of the Green Ingrastructure Municipal Handbook: Retro-fit Policies; Green Streets, Rainwater Harvesting

To review these guidebooks and other information, visit this website:http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/green/

Green Industries BMP Manual
The new Green Industries BMP manual, titled “Florida-Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries”, is #4 at the following address:

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/nonpoint/pubs.htm

 

Consumer Fertilizer Task Force

Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The task force has finalized its scheduled meetings. 
Click on the link to view the Final Report: http://consensus.fsu.edu/Fertilizer-Task-Force/index.html

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11. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission/Florida Marine Research Institute - Annual Fisheries Reports

The Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Program Annual Data Summary Reports are below:
FIM_2013_Annual_Report
FIM_2012_Annual_Report
FIM_2011_Annual_Report
FIM_2010_Annual_Report
FIM_2009_Annual_Report
FIM_2008_Annual_Report
FIM_2007_Annual_Report
FIM_2006_Annual_Report
FIM_2005_Annual_Report
FIM_2004_Annual_Report
FIM_2003_Annual_Report
FIM_2002_Annual_Report
FIM_2001_Annual_Report

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Study XVIII. Lower St. Johns River Basin Sport Fishing Enhancement:

  • Quality Crappie Fishery Evaluation;
  • St. Johns River American Shad Investigations;
  • Lower St. Johns River Basin Sport Fishing Enhancement; and
  • St. Johns River Shortnose Sturgeon Investigations.

J. Holder, E. Lundy, R. Hyle, and L. West, 2002-2005.
Posted 9/30/15

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lower St. Johns River Centrarchid Sport Fish Investigations”, J. Holder, R. Hyle and E. Lundy, 2005-2006. 
Posted 9/30/15

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lower St. Johns River Centrarchid Sport Fish Investigations”, J. Holder, R. Hyle and E. Lundy, 2006-2007. 
Posted 9/30/15

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lower St. Johns River Sport Fish Investigations”, J. Holder, R. Hyle and E. Lundy, 2007-2008.  

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lower St. Johns River Sport Fish Investigations”, Holder, J., R. Hyle and E. Lundy, 2008-2009.  
Posted 9/30/15

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lower St. Johns River Sport Fish Investigations”, J. Holder, R. Hyle and E. Lundy, 2009-2010. 
Posted 9/30/15

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Red Snapper Final Report
Posted 8/29/13
This is the final report  of the Cooperative Research Program (CRP) grant  concerning offshore sampling on the utility of different types of hook and line gear to create an index for red snapper.
Click here for the report: “The utility of a hooked-gear survey in developing a fisheries-independent index of abundance for red snapper along Florida’s Atlantic coast”. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – Effect of Salinity on Nekton in LSJR
Posted 9/3/13
The USACE released this report in August 2013 written but the FWC concerning salinity effects upon nekton in the LSJR.
Click here for the report: “Salinity Effects Due to Channel Deepening on Estuarine-Dependent Nekton in the Lower St. Johns River Estuary”.

Comparison of Estuarine Salinity Gradients and Associated Nekton Community Change in the Lower St. Johns River Estuary
Posted 9/11/13

This manuscript by Cameron B. Guenther and Timothy C. MacDonald, published in the November 2012 Estuaries and Coasts - Journal of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, was done looking at salinity in the LSJR using FIM data and looked at community structure as a whole, especially as related to the lower salinity increments.
Click here for the article: “Comparison of Estuarine Salinity Gradients and Associated Nekton Community Change in the Lower St. Johns River Estuary”.

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12. Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Study
Posted 7/10/13
The District is conducting a study to increase the depth of the existing federal channel along the St. Johns River from its current project depth of 40-feet to a maximum depth of 47-feet. The extent of this deepening would occur from the mouth of the St. Johns River to approximately River Mile 13. The study includes detailed information regarding salinity effects, mitigation, shoreline erosion, sea level rise, confined blasting, and other information

An electronic copy of the draft report and appendices are located at: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/About/DivisionsOffices/Planning/EnvironmentalBranch/EnvironmentalDocuments.aspx#JaxDGRR2 .

USGS Navigation Study for Jacksonville Harbor, Florida
Click HERE for the Draft Integrated General Reevaluation Report II and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement: USGS Assessment of the Interconnection between the St. Johns River and the Shallow Aquifer System, East-Central Duval County, Florida.
Posted 7/10/13

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13. Other Related Information

U.S. Army Corps Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Posted 7/24/13
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is utilizing a lightweight Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platform for geospatial data collection. The NOVA UAV is an electrically powered, fully autonomous, hand-launched airplane with an onboard global positioning system (GPS), inertial navigation system (INS), camera and computer.  The UAV program provides high resolution aerial imagery that are much higher resolution than traditional aerial photography.

The Corps’ Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Operations website has more information about this technology:
http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/UnmannedAerialVehicle.aspx

NOVA News is the UAV newsletter. Click below for some examples:
NOVA News June 2013
NOVA News April 2013
NOVA News January2013
NOVA News November 2012

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Lower St. Johns River Reuse and Treatment Project - Phase II: Combined East &West River Reuse Initiative Solutions - 2008
Special Publications SJ2009-SP11; An analysis to decide the most cost efficient projects to support the SJRWMD funding decisions. Click here for the document:
LSJ_RiverReuse&TreatmentProject-PhaseII_SJ2009-SP11.pdf

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Science-to-Action Economic Incentives for Marine Conservation Guidebook and Policy Briefs (2/1/11)
The Science-to-Action partnership 40-page guidebook and two policy briefs offer contributions to solutions for the global ocean crisis. These publications are based on five years of social science research in over 35 marine managed areas in fifteen countries. The Science-to-Action partnership offers recommendations for successful implementation of marine conservation to maximize the benefits to people and nature. Key social scientific findings and recommendations are presented in the new guidebook and policy briefs. For more information, go to: http://www.science2action.org/

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Assessment of Coastal Water Quality at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, 2009
Click on the link to view this recent report (2009)
on water and sediment quality in the Timucuan Preserve:

DeViva2009_AssessCoastalWaterQuality_TIMU2008.pdf

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Evaluation of Water Quality for Two St. Johns River Tributaries Receiving Septic Tank Effluent, Duval County, Florida (2004)
U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 03-4299

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the City of Jacksonville, conducted a 4.5 year study to evaluate the effects of septic tank removal on two tributaries to the St. Johns River beginning in April 1999. Fishing Creek and Big Fishweir Creek were selected because they drain neighborhoods, Pernecia and Murray Hill B, respectively, identified by JEA as priority locations for septic tank phase-out projects. Major ion and nutrient concentrations, detection of organic wastewater compounds, and fecal coliform concentrations were documented in order to evaluate the effects of septic tank removal projects on stream water quality. Bacterial source tracking was included in sampling efforts to further define septic tank influence on the water quality of the tributaries.

Click on the link to view the report:wri03_4299_wicklein.pdf

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Florida-Friendly Landscaping Website

Florida-Friendly Landscaping is an innovative approach to maintaining an attractive, colorful, and diverse yard. It is friendly to wildlife and is less work than the traditional yards we've known for decades. Click on this link for more information: http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/FFL/index.html

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“The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook” and other FYN publications.
This is the new 2009 edition of the Handbook from FDEP and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program. This 52 page book describes how to minimize nonpoint source pollution from landscapes, especially residential ones.  It is an integral part of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) program being implemented throughout of the state by the Cooperative Extension Service, Water Management Districts, and many others entities. Follow the link for the handbook and other information:

http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/homeowners/publications.htm

Posted 12/8/2009

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Modeling Onsite Wastewater Systems at the Watershed Scale: A User’s Guide. 

Water Environment Research Federation (WERF), 2009.

This research provides guidance for conducting watershed-scale modeling assessments and decision making associated with onsite wastewater system (OWS) pollutants, with a focus on nitrogen and phosphorus. The researchers discuss fundamental modeling concepts and philosophy and summarize fundamentals of hydrology and pollutant transport related to OWS. They describe mass-balance screening models and GIS screening models, as well as complex numerical models that include groundwater models, vadose-zone models, surface-water models, and integrated watershed models. They provide guidance on model selection, obtaining model input and calibration data, model parameterization, model-sensitivity analysis, model calibration, and long-term model care. They describe use of model results for risk-based decision making. Case studies demonstrate how the methodologies presented in the guide are applied, and demonstrate the use of models to evaluate alternative watershed management scenarios. Reviews of GIS-screening models and watershed-scale models are included in the appendix.

Click on the link to view this report: Modeling_OSTDS_Impacts.pdf

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Pesticides Found in Central Florida Lakes

USGS News Release (06/12/2009)

Pesticides_Florida_Lakes_Final.pdf

“Water Quality and Evaluation of Pesticides in Lakes in the Ridge Citrus Region of Central Florida” USGS SIR 2008-5178

This USGS Report evaluated pesticides, pesticide degradates (including triazines), nutrients, and other solutes in lakes in the central Florida citrus region. Effects of citrus agriculture, variations in concentrations within the lake water column, and predictions of pesticide occurrence based on usage estimates & chemical properties were evaluated in the study. This is one of the first regional-scale studies nationally to evaluate pesticides in small- to medium-sized lakes (5 to 400 acres), and to analyze for the occurrence of hydroxysimazine, a degradate of simazine.

U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5178
"Water Quality and Evaluation of Pesticides in Lakes in the Ridge Citrus Region of Central Florida"
by A.F. Choquette and S.E. Kroening

Questions or requests for bound copies of the report should be directed to:
Anne Choquette, achoq@usgs.gov [615.837-4774].
Additional information regarding the lake study & a companion project focused on long-term groundwater-monitoring in this region can be found on the project website:  http://fisc.er.usgs.gov/Lake_Wales_Ridge/index.html

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Algal Bloom Information
Additional information is available on the Algal Bloom page:

http://lsjr.org/AlgalBloomInfo.html

 

Resource Guide for Public Health Response to Harmful Algal Blooms in Florida (2009)
Click on the link to view the publication:
ResourceGuide_FL_algal_blooms_2009.pdf

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City of Jacksonville designated as an Environmental Justice Showcase Community by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) - Tissue Assessment Report
Posted 7/12/2011
The city of Jacksonville, Florida was designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an Environmental Justice Showcase Community. One of the concerns of the community is whether or not the fish and shellfish are safe to eat from Hogan Creek and Long Branch, two popular fishing streams in downtown Jacksonville. EPA’s Science and Ecosystem Support Division (SESD) coordinated efforts to address this concern expressed by the urban core community and the City of Jacksonville, by collecting fish from these waterbodies for tissue contaminant analysis.  The report follows: USEPA Tissue Assessment Report May 2011

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The Media of Water

The following stories are of general interest about water and water issues in the media:

National Geographic Photo Galleries
This link takes you to a National Geographic photo gallery of endangered freshwater environments. 

Ohio's Cuyahoga 40 Years Later

Forty years ago the Cuyahoga River actually caught fire when a spark from a train ignited industrial waste on the river.  NPR provides an update at the link. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105750930

 

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