~Projects implemented provide foundation for continued restoration ~

SANFORD, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will host an annual update meeting on Sept. 9 to discuss the status of the restoration plan for Lake Jesup, part of the St. Johns River system. Meeting topics will include a review of the annual report, ongoing implementation efforts for the upcoming year and a presentation on revisions to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), or restoration goal, model.

“The success we have experienced so far in this basin is a testament to the remarkable efforts of our stakeholders, and our collective commitment to preserving Florida’s valuable natural resources,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “We will continue to restore the water quality in this basin and return Lake Jesup to health.”

The Lake Jesup restoration plan addresses five water bodies including Gee Creek, Howell Creek, Lake Jesup, Little Lake Howell and Soldiers Creek. The restoration plan was originally adopted in 2010 to reduce excess nutrients, specifically phosphorous, that have caused a decline in water quality. Since implementation of the restoration plan, total phosphorous loading has been significantly reduced by over 70 percent, more than doubling the reduction goal of 33 percent.

The Lake Jesup Wilderness Area, on the lake’s northern shore, serves as habitat for native wildlife and provides recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking and horseback riding. One of the largest lakes in Central Florida, Lake Jesup is also home to one of the state’s largest population of alligators.

More information on the upcoming meeting and Lake Jesup restoration plan can be found here.

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