Project Overview

Following the adoption of the tidal Caloosahatchee TMDL, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and local stakeholders developed a basin management action plan (BMAP) to implement the TMDL. Lee County is obligated under the BMAP to reduce its nitrogen load to the river by nearly 141,000 pounds per year. Using available water quality data, ATM developed a nitrogen loading “hot spot” analysis to identify optimum areas for water quality improvement projects and is working with Lee County to site and design best management practices to achieve the nitrogen reduction goals. Coincident with this effort, ATM is providing technical review and oversight of FDEP’s development of a revised tidal Caloosahatchee TMDL and Caloosahatchee tributary TMDLs.