DEP Continues Restoration Efforts for Upper Ocklawaha River Basin


TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites local governments, scientists, environmentalists, agricultural producers and other interested parties to a restoration plan development workshop for the Upper Ocklawaha Basin targeting Lake Harris, Palatlakaha River, Trout Lake, Lake Yale and Lake Carlton.

WHAT:      Restoration Plan Development Meeting for Upper Ocklawaha River

WHEN:      Feb. 25, 2015

                  1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:    Leesburg Public Library

                  100 E. Main St.

                  Leesburg, FL 34748

“We have seen improvements in the Upper Ocklawaha basin, but there is more work to be done,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “This meeting will focus on discussing additional projects needed for restoration.”

In 2014, DEP adopted the second phase of a long-term restoration plan for the Upper Ocklawaha River. The restoration plan, known as a basin management action plan or BMAP, identifies strategies and projects that will be implemented over the next five years in order to improve the water quality of the upper basin. Nutrient pollution, specifically excessive nitrogen and phosphorous, is the primary source of the water quality imbalance in the lakes and streams in the Upper Ocklawaha Basin. Other lakes in the upper basin that are impacted by nutrients and currently undergoing restoration are Lake Apopka, Lake Griffin, Lake Beauclair, Lake Dora and Lake Eustis.

For more information about the Upper Ocklawaha River restoration plan click here.

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