DEP Hosts Meeting for Orange Creek Basin Restoration Plan

March.27.2015

GAINESVILLE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites stakeholders – governmental representatives, scientists, environmental groups, agricultural operators and others – to attend a meeting addressing restoration of waterbodies in the Orange Creek Basin. DEP representatives will discuss the status of ongoing projects and sampling, the restoration plan schedule, and pollutant issues and sources to the lakes.

WHAT:       Orange Creek Basin Restoration Plan Update Meeting

WHEN:       Tuesday, March 31

                   1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:    Gainesville Regional Utilities Multi-Purpose Room

                   301 S.E. 4th Ave.

                   Gainesville, FL 32601

“We have taken some innovative approaches to identifying bacterial pollutant sources in this basin,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “Using these results and stakeholder expertise, we can better identify the most effective path to restoration.”

The Orange Creek Basin restoration plan covers Newnans Lake, Orange Lake, Lake Wauberg, Hogtown Creek, Sweetwater Branch, Tumblin Creek and Alachua Sink. The lakes are impacted by nutrient pollution, while high levels of bacteria are a continuing trend in area streams. To restore water quality, the department adopted a second phase to its restoration plan last year. Stakeholders are actively engaged in coordinating with DEP and implementing projects to improve water quality.

For more information on the Orange Creek restoration plan, please click here.

For more information on the Paynes Prairie Sheetflow Project, please click here.

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