DEP Holds Meeting to Develop Restoration Goals for Lake Tallavana

May 5, 2015

 

HAVANA – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection held a public meeting last night to further develop water quality restoration goals for Lake Tallavana. The restoration goals will address an excess amount of nutrients in the lake. Once adopted, these restoration goals will function as the primary objective for a long-term restoration plan intended to eliminate pollutant sources and improve the lake’s water quality.

“We want the development of restoration goals to be an inclusive process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are a forum for us to coordinate with stakeholders and citizens interested in protecting their community’s natural resources.”

The restoration goals, known as TMDLs or total maximum daily loads, define the maximum amount of a specific pollutant allowable in a waterbody that will still enable the waterbody to maintain its health and function. At this meeting, DEP representatives provided an overview of the TMDL program and accepted formal public comments on the TMDL development to date.

Nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous naturally exist in the water and are necessary for the normal growth of aquatic plant and animal life. When too much nitrogen and phosphorous are present, however, it can lead to rapid algal growth or algal blooms, which can cause 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.

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