FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2014
RESTORATION GOALS FOR LAKE TALQUIN TO BE SET
~Adoption of water quality goals sets foundation for long-term restoration plan ~
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection conducted a public meeting today to further the development of water quality restoration goals for Lake Talquin. The restoration goals will address two water quality impairments -- an excess amount of nutrients in the lake, and an insufficient amount of dissolved oxygen. Alongside stakeholders and the public, a series of meetings like these will help DEP develop restoration goals, which would restore Lake Talquin to health.
“Lake Talquin is a valuable natural resource for the community and for the state,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings provide a forum for DEP to work together with stakeholders and the public to identify appropriate goals for the restoration of this important water body.”
Nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous naturally exist in the water and support the growth of aquatic plants, which provide food for the rest of the ecosystem. When too much nitrogen and phosphorous enter the environment, however, excessive algal growth occurs and depletes the water of oxygen. Dissolved oxygen is essential for the health of aquatic animals and if dissolved oxygen levels become too low, aquatic life are negatively impacted.
Algal mats and algal blooms can also cause a variety of ecological impairments, including the potential production of toxins that can cause human or aquatic health problems and reduced oxygen levels in the water. Algal mats can also inhibit navigation and reduce the recreational and aesthetic value of clear springs or spring runs and beaches.
Located west of Tallahassee, Lake Talquin is approximately 9,000 acres and the centerpiece of Lake Talquin State Park. The park boasts excellent fishing and a 650-foot boardwalk that rims the water’s edge. The lake is a recreational resource for the state, providing opportunities for fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing and bird watching.
More information on the restoration goals can be found here.