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  • News
    S Environmental Protection Agency s Office of Water Headline News Ruppia planted in Caloosahatchee to restore aquatic habitat news press com State gets more time on creating water quality standards naplesnews com U S Sugar deal hits legal delay miamiherald com Critics call Everglades deal a sham stall approval sun sentinel com Bonds for Everglades called a folly southflorida bizjournals com Draconian water rules would hurt the public palmbeachpost com Water management Science doesn t support restrictions sun sentinel com We think The stimulus could do more than fix what ails today s economy orlandosentinel com Tell public why regulators criticized U S Sugar price palmbeachpost com Choosing right slow release fertilizer depends on season palmbeachdailynews com Cocktails go with red tide details in Fort Myers Beach news press com Web Casts Killing Two Birds with One Stone Building a Local Program to Maintain Your Stormwater Practices and Prevent Pollution from Municipal Operations Developing Your IDDE Program with Jennifer Zielinski of the Center for Watershed Protection Financing a Municipal Stormwater Program Webcast Stormwater Utilities 201 Overview of CAFO Proposed Rule Post Construction Overview and Introduction to Smart Growth and Low Impact Development Post Construction 101 Stormwater Phase II Developing an

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  • Topics Under Discussion by the C
    Issues Estero Bay Nutrient Management Partnership Everglades Restoration Issues Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan C 43 West Reservoir Southwest Florida Feasibility Study Statewide Issues Recreational Opportunities on Lands Owned by the South Florida Water Management District Recyclable Water Containment Areas for Watersheds Total Maximum Daily Load Program General Southwest Florida Issues Lee County Groundwater Resource and Mining Study Report Lower West Coast Water Supply Plan Update Recreational Opportunities on Lands Owned

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  • Water Resources Advisory Commission Reports
    have been active with the Council are members Mike Bauer Natural Resources Manager for the City of Naples Beverly Grady Attorney with Roetzel Andress LPA Howard Wegis Engineer With Lee County Utilities and Bill Hammond Professor Emeritus with Florida Gulf Coast University are appointed members of the WRAC From 2005 to 2006 Susan Brookman represented the Southwest Florida Watershed Council on the WRAC and she prepared reports on each meeting she attended Those reports can be accessed below Summaries of WRAC meetings prepared by the South Florida Water Management District are posted on the District s web site at http www sfwmd gov gover wrac minutes html Reports February 22 2006 WRAC Lake O Committee Meeting January 25 WRAC Lake O Committee Meeting SFWMD Report January 5 2006 WRAC Meeting November 30 WRAC Lake O Committee Meeting November 3 2005 WRAC Meeting October 6 2005 WRAC Meeting September 28 2005 WRAC Lake O Committee Meeting September 26 WRAC Lower West Coast Water Supply Plan Update Meeting August 31 2005 WRAC Lake O Committee Meeting July 28 2005 WRAC Lake O Committee Meeting July 7 2005 WRAC Meeting June 29 2005 WRAC Lake O Committee Meeting June 2 2005 WRAC Meeting

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  • Water Column
    on the underlined articles to view Article Topic Content Water and the Way We Live What s Water Worth Living on a Pond WQ in Channelized Urban Environs Symposium Provides Initiative for Permitting Process Improvements Smart Golf Water Quality in Estero Bay Science Values and the Environment Agricultural Irrigation and Conservation Ranchers Pursue Water Quality Goals Water Column Protocol Guidance for writing and submitting articles This site designed and hosted

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  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Home Page
    This site describes the impacts of ANS and offers a Species list of ANS reported in the SW Florida plus ID pages to not only help identify the species but also include introduction history and locations of ANS found or seen in SW Florida This site has a reporting form for tracking the occurrence distribution and relative abundance of ANS in Southwest Florida This approach will enable resource managers to coordinate and prioritize management plans for water resources of the region relating to ANS management In addition this surveillance network creates an important sentinel for the early detection of potentially harmful ANS and the coordination of eradication efforts where feasible A locally based resource manager is available to assist with reported ANS identifications or coordinate with experts who can make or confirm the identification verify ANS location reports with GPS coordinates and to provide a general characterization of the ANS impact on a limited basis The scope of this project is ambitious It will be always be a work in progress Please have patience and check back often for updates Suggestions for improving the site are welcome or if you spot an error or bad link please report it Most importantly don t release exotics and report those found Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species Music with a Message 3 songs about Aquatic Invasive Species courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Song The Ballad of Aquatic Invasive Species Song One Bait One Lake Song Clean Boats Clean Waters Latest ANS News Invasive species may be one the most serious environmental threats of the 21st Century Parade cover story 05 22 05 Freed Pet Fish Threaten Native Species Study Says What are Aquatic nuisance species ANS ANS are nonindigenous species that threaten the diversity or abundance of native species or

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  • TMDL Part2
    A C and b for data collected after one year from the effective date of this rule the sampling agency must provide to the Department either directly or through entry into STORET all of the associated quality assurance data quality assessment elements listed in Table 2 of the Department s Guidance Document Data Quality Assessment Elements for Identification of Impaired Surface Waters DEP EAS 01 01 April 2001 which is incorporated by reference needed for a Tier 2 data quality assessment with appropriate data fields entered into STORET 8 To be used to determine exceedances of metals criteria a surface water data for mercury shall be collected and analyzed using clean sampling and analytical techniques and b the corresponding hardness value shall be required to determine exceedances of freshwater metals criteria that are hardness dependent and if the ambient hardness value is less than 25 mg L as CaCO 3 then a hardness value of 25 will be used to calculate the criteria If data are not used due to sampling or analytical techniques or because hardness data were not available the Department shall note for the record that data were excluded and explain why they were excluded 9 Surface water data with values below the applicable practical quantification limit PQL or method detection limit MDL shall be assessed in accordance with Rules 62 4 246 6 b d and 8 F A C a If sampling entities want to ensure that their data will be considered for evaluation they should review the Department s list of approved MDLs and PQLs developed pursuant to Rule 62 4 246 F A C and if available use approved analytical methods with MDLs below the applicable water quality criteria If there are no approved methods with MDLs below a criterion then the method with the lowest MDL should be used Analytical results listed as below detection or below the MDL shall not be used for developing planning lists if the MDL was above the criteria and there were at the time of sample collection approved analytical methods with MDLs below the criteria on the Department s list of approved MDLs and PQLs b If appropriate analytical methods were used then data with values below the applicable MDL will be deemed to meet the applicable water quality criterion and data with values between the MDL and PQL will be deemed to be equal to the MDL 10 It should be noted that the data requirements of this rule constitute the minimum data set needed to assess a water segment for impairment Agencies or groups designing monitoring networks are encouraged to consult with the Department to determine the sample design appropriate for their specific monitoring goals Specific Authority 403 061 403 067 FS Law Implemented 403 062 403 067 FS History New 62 303 330 Biological Assessment 1 Biological data must meet the requirements of paragraphs 3 and 7 in section 62 303 320 2 Bioassessments used to assess streams and lakes under this rule shall include BioRecons Stream Condition Indices SCIs and the benthic macroinvertebrate component of the Lake Condition Index LCI which only applies to clear lakes with a color less than 20 40 platinum cobalt units Because these of the complexity of bioassessment procedures require specific training and expertise persons conducting the bioassessment s must comply with will in addition to meeting the quality assurance requirements of Chapter 62 160 F A C attend at least eight hours of Department sanctioned field training and be required to pass a Department sanctioned field audit that verifies the sampler follows the applicable SOPs in Chapter 62 160 F A C before their bioassessment data will be considered valid for use under this rule 3 Water segments with at least one failed bioassessment or one failure of the biological integrity standard Rule 62 302 530 11 shall be included on the planning list for assessment of aquatic life use support a In streams the bioassessment can be an SCI or a BioRecon Failure of a bioassessment for streams consists of a poor or very poor rating on the Stream Condition Index or not meeting the minimum thresholds established for all three metrics taxa richness Ephemeroptera Plecoptera Tricoptera Index and Florida Index on the BioRecon b Failure for lakes consists of a poor or very poor rating on the Lake Condition Index 4 Other information relevant to the biological integrity of the water segment including information about alterations in the type nature or function of a water shall also be considered when determining whether aquatic life use support has been maintained Specific Authority 403 061 403 067 FS Law Implemented 403 062 403 067 FS History New 62 303 340 Toxicity 1 All toxicity tests used to place a water segment on a planning list shall be based on surface water samples in the receiving water body and shall be conducted and evaluated in accordance with Chapter 62 160 F A C and subsections 62 302 200 1 and 4 F A C respectively 2 Water segments with two samples indicating acute toxicity within a twelve month period shall be placed on the planning list Samples must be collected at least two weeks apart over a twelve month period some time during the ten years preceding the assessment 3 Water segments with two samples indicating chronic toxicity within a twelve month period shall be placed on the planning list Samples must be collected at least two weeks apart some time during the ten years preceding the assessment Specific Authority 403 061 403 067 FS Law Implemented 403 062 403 067 FS History New 62 303 350 Interpretation of Narrative Nutrient Criteria 1 Trophic state indices TSIs and annual mean chlorophyll a values shall be the primary means for assessing whether a water should be assessed further for nutrient impairment Other information indicating an imbalance in flora or fauna due to nutrient enrichment including but not limited to algal blooms excessive macrophyte growth decrease in the distribution

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  • Comments
    Nutrient Management Partnership Watershed Open Golf Tournament Comments Please use this form to submit comments about the website or the watershed council Name Email address These comments concern the website www swfwc org These comments are about the Watershed Council Please enter your comments below Thank you for your input This site designed and hosted by Questions or problems regarding this web site should be directed to web swfwc org

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  • Program Map
    Impacts What you can do Disposal Fish ID Invertebrate ID Amphib Reptile ID Plant ID Reporting Form News Links Library Geographic Coverage of Program Home This site was last updated

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