The DEP has scheduled public workshops for its rulemaking efforts regarding estuary-specific numeric nutrient criteria.  Rule revisions will be discussed at the public workshops scheduled during the next two weeks in Tallahassee, Palm Bay, and Jacksonville.    As part of the workshops, the Department will provide information about the methodologies used to derive the NNC and the biological screening results for each system where the NNC are based on the reference period approach.  The agency is still working on a Technical Support Document for the estuary NNC, and has indicated that it will either send this out to the mailing list or post it on our website as soon as it is completed.

Pursuant to Chapter 2013-71, Laws of Florida, the Legislature directed the Department to establish these estuary NNCs by rule or final order by December 1, 2014.   The overall scope of the rule development will address estuary-specific numeric nutrient criteria (NNC) for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a.  You can view the Department’s proposed rule revisions here

Public workshops are scheduled as follows: 

Tallahassee:    Panhandle and Big Bend from Upper Escambia Bay to Cedar Key
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
DEP’s Bob Martinez Center, Room 609,
2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 

*Please note that the NNC for Kings Bay will be addressed at the Tallahassee workshop. 

Palm Bay: SW from Anclote Bayou to Moorings Bay
SE including Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
The Captain’s House at Goode Park
1300 Bianca Drive NE, Palm Bay, FL 

Jacksonville: Upper Halifax River to the St. Marys River
Fenholloway and Econfina River  
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
Northeast Florida Regional Council, Soforenko Board Room
6850 Belfort Oaks Place, Jacksonville, FL 

Water Quality Credit Trading – The DEP had also released workshop dates for updates to the Water Quality Credit Trading Rule in Chapter 62-306, F.A.C, but decided recently to solicit public comment on expansion of the Lower St. Johns River pilot program statewide.  For more information, please contact Eric Shaw, Environmental Manager, Standards Development Section at (850) 245-8429 or Eric.Shaw@dep.state.fl.us