The SFWMD seeks scientific references, data sets or documents
on the ecology, water quality and public uses of canals in South Florida.
This request is part of an on-going effort to gather the best available science
to aid in the development of numeric nutrient criteria for South Florida.
This District-wide effort will also contribute to the best available
information being used in the Florida Department of Environmental Protectionís
(FDEP) rulemaking to diversify the Stateís system for classifying the
designated uses of water bodies. You may recall that Mr. Jerry Brooks of
the FDEP spoke to the WRAC on October 8, 2009 concerning these two water
quality standard issues and Rick Smith indicates that there is continuing
interest in follow-up discussion of these matters.
In our efforts to date, we have found that cities, counties and other
organizations sometimes conduct studies of their canals and that these
investigations are often not circulated widely. Please assist us by
forwarding references, data sets or documents on canal water quality, ecology
and public use to Kevin Carter and me by December 22, 2009.
Thanks in advance for this courtesy.
Kevin Carter and Garth Redfield
Garth Redfield, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist, Restoration Sciences Department
South Florida Water Management District
P.O. Box 24680
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680
Office: 561 682-6611
Cell: 561 662-5887