A public meeting was hosted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Tues. May 7 at Live Oak to present the Listing Process for Impaired Waters. This is an on-going process, as state law requires that the DEP submit revised lists of impaired waters every two years.
The process was explained and presented by Kevin O’Donnell, Environmental Administrator of the Division of Assessment and Restoration Watershed Assessment Section, and assisted by Katrina Yancey and Jessica Mostyn, both Environmental Consultants in the Watershed Assessment Section.
Close to home on the list we see Gilchrist Blue Spring and Ginnie because of excessive nutrients, as well as Hornsby. Categories of severity range from 2, to 3 (a, b, and c), and 4 (a-e) and 5, the worst. Some, such as Ichetucknee, are impaired, but placed in Category 4e which says: Impaired, but recent or ongoing restoration activities are underway to restore the designated uses.
Of course, there is a delay here if the restoration activities are the implementation of the BMAPs, which are on hold because they are being legally challenged.
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Kristin Rubin, and your hist0rian were present from OSFR. Merrrillee had several questions about water sampling, and noted that some were last sampled in 2012, which would make any samples out-dated.