(1) This chapter establishes the requirements for a pilot program for water quality credit trading among the pollutant sources to the Lower St. Johns River (LSJR) Basin pursuant to Section 403.067, F.S.
(2) The generation, registration, and trading of water quality credits provided for in this chapter are intended to provide flexibility among pollutant sources to meet the requirements of the LSJR Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), as adopted by Secretarial Order on October 14, 2008. Copies of the LSJR BMAP may be obtained from the Department’s internet site at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/watersheds, or by writing to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3560, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400.
(3) The LSJR BMAP provides for the implementation of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus adopted by the Department in subsections 62-304.415(1) and (2), Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). The following parts of the LSJR BMAP, which are hereby incorporated by reference, will be used to implement the trading program in the LSJR Basin:
(a) Figure 1, which identifies and delineates the watershed boundaries of the LSJR in which trading may occur;
(b) Point and nonpoint source baseline allocations (Tables 9-14) or management practices for sources that may generate, use, or trade credits in the plan area; and
(c) Tables 22 and 23, which provide Location Factors.
(4) This chapter does not address aggregation of wasteload allocations by an entity with multiple wastewater facilities. Aggregate load allocations will be implemented via an aggregate permit that limits the total allocated nutrient TMDL load for the entity.
Rulemaking Authority 403.067(9) FS. Law Implemented 403.067(8)-(10) FS. History–New 9-6-10.
Laws implemented by this Rule: Florida Statutes § to