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FLORIDA TMDL UPDATE – A SUCCESS STORY
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 291-299 in Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Environmental Regulations–II Proceedings of the 8-12 November 2003 Conference (Albuquerque, New Mexico USA), Publication Date 8 November 2003. .(doi:10.13031/2013.15574)
Authors: M. V. Thomas
Keywords: TMDL, BMP, Water volume, Sediment, Nutrients, Pesticides, Aquatic weeds, Water quality
In 1999, the Florida Legislature declared that the waters of the state are among its most basic
resources and authorized development of a total maximum daily load program. The Impaired
Waters Rule was required to set forth: water quality sample collection and analysis requirements,
accounting for ambient background conditions, seasonal and other natural variations; approved
methodologies; quality assurance and quality control protocols; data modeling; and other
appropriate water quality assessment measures. At the time of the last ASAE TMDL Conference
in March 2002, the rule was under judicial challenge. Since then, the state administrative law and
appeals courts have upheld the rule in full. Florida is now well into the process of implementing