Government Programs

Clean Water Act

Growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to sweeping amendments in 1972. As amended in 1972, the law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA) which established the basic structure for regulating pollutant discharges into the waters of the United States. For detailed information check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s webpage.

 

Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRLNEP) is an EPA place-based program to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of the Indian River Lagoon. For detailed information check out the IRLNEP webpage.

 

Indian River Lagoon Basin Management Action Plan (IRL BMAP)

A Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can absorb and still meet state water quality standards. The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) Basin is impaired for the nutrients total nitrogen and total phosphorus. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) adopted the nutrient TMDL for the main stem of the lagoon in March 2009. To implement the IRL TMDLs for the main stem and tributaries, FDEP will develop a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). A BMAP outlines the characteristics of the basin, impairments,sources of the pollutants, and a list of projects that will reduce the pollutants to meet the TMDL. We are concerned about wasterwater infrastruction (unfunded), wasterwater treatment (insufficient) and accounting for ground water (septic leaching).

Check out the six page Basin Management Action Plan for detail information about the plan.