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Florida DEP Integrated Water Resource Monitoring Network

Sponsoring Organization:  Florida Department of Environmental Protection: Northeast District

Description:  This effort, the Integrated Water Resource Monitoring Network (IWRM) Program, is a multi-level or “tiered” monitoring program designed to answer questions about Florida’s water quality at differing scales. The program is supported by several DEP water quality monitoring groups in Tallahassee and in regional (district) offices. In general, Tier I addresses statewide and regional (within Florida) questions, Tier II focuses on basin-specific to stream-segment-specific questions, while Tier III answers site-specific questions. Tier I monitoring is comprised of two monitoring efforts, status monitoring, and trend monitoring, which are both designed to answer state-wide to regional questions. Tier II monitoring includes basin assessments and monitoring required for TMDL (total maximum daily load) development . This monitoring is more localized in nature than that occurring under Tier I monitoring, yet may encompass a broader area then that employed in Tier III. Tier III includes all monitoring tied to regulatory permits issued by DEP and is associated with evaluating the effectiveness of point source discharge reductions, best management practices or TMDLs. The program addresses both surface and ground waters of the state.

Web Site:  http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/monitoring/index.htm

Duration:  01/01/1996 to present  (as of 03/16/2009)

Program Contact:  Lee Banks

Program Contact Email:  Lee.Banks@dep.state.fl.us

Program Contact Web URL:  http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/storet/contacts.htm

Program Purpose:  IWRM is used to meet Florida’s programmatic and larger scale reporting requirements, including production of the state’s water quality monitoring strategy report (106 report) and 305(b)-report to the EPA, and more recently, a means of generating information in support of the state’s TMDL program.

Data Access Web URL:  http://storet.dep.state.fl.us/WrmSpa/

Data Access Information:  Springs and surface water data can be downloaded from Florida STORET. Additionally, those data can be obtained from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STORET database. Historical (pre-2000) groundwater data may be obtained via EPA LEGACY STORET. Please see the webpage addresses below. Special data requests may be made by contacting James.Silvanima@dep.state.fl.us of the Bureau of Watershed Management. In the future, statewide ground water data will be made available through the Internet, via an application currently in development.

Data Access Policy:  Florida STORET is designed to meet the tenets of the “Impaired Waters Rule” (Chapter 62-303, Florida Administrative Code). The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) STORET gathers and maintains statewide water quality data, consisting of springs and surface water data from Florida. To facilitate data acquisition, Florida makes its STORET software available at no cost through the Florida STORET Program. In turn, the Florida STORET Program provides the national water quality database (“STORET”) with annual updates.

Data Access Policy Web URL:  http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/monitoring/data.htm

Monitoring Stations:  no stations are currently registered in the database

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