The Department has scheduled a public hearing before the Environmental Regulation Commission (ERC) to establish numeric nutrient criteria (NNC) for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll-a in individual estuary segments for the following estuaries:  portions of the Big Bend from Alligator Harbor to the Suwannee Sound, Cedar Key, St. Marys River estuary, Southern Indian River Lagoon, Mosquito Lagoon, several portions of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) connecting estuarine systems, a variety of small gaps between estuaries with adopted NNC, and parameters for estuaries not currently covered by their adopted nutrient Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), including Upper Escambia Bay, Kings Bay, Lower St. Johns River, Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie Estuary, and Caloosahatchee Estuary.

The Technical Support Document for the proposed criteria, maps of the estuary segments that are incorporated by reference, Cost Estimate, and Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs are available for download from DEP’s website at


The public hearing before the ERC is scheduled as follows:


DATE AND TIME:              Wednesday, November 19, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

PLACE:                                  Florida Department of Environmental Protection

                                Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, Conference Room A

                                3900 Commonwealth Boulevard

                                Tallahassee, FL 32344