HAVANA – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection held a public meeting last night to further the development of water quality restoration goals for Lake Tallavana. The restoration goals will address an excess amount of nutrients, termed nutrient pollution, in the lake.
“Lake Tallavana is an important natural resource for the community,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings provide an opportunity to coordinate with stakeholders and the public to identify appropriate goals.”
The restoration goals under development are known as a TMDL, or total maximum daily load. A TMDL defines the maximum amount of a pollutant that may be present in the waterbody for the waterbody to remain healthy and functional. At this meeting, DEP representatives discussed the general approach used to develop the restoration goals, sources of pollution under consideration, and the methodology to quantify those sources.
Nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous naturally exist in the water and are necessary for the growth of aquatic plant and animal life. When too much nitrogen and phosphorous are present, this nutrient pollution can lead to rapid algal growth and algal mats. This can lead to other water quality complications, including habitat smothering or oxygen depletion in the water.
Lake Tallavana is a 160-acre lake located west of Havana in Gadsden County that drains to Lake Talquin through Hurricane Creek and the Little River.
More information on the restoration goals can be found here.