Springs Protection and Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPS)
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The "Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act", passed during the 2016 legislative session, directed the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to develop restoration plans, known as Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs). Under these plans, new onsite sewage systems on lots of less than one acre permitted in some sensitive springs areas (Priority Focus Areas, or PFAs) will be required to be nitrogen-reducing. New conventional systems will no longer be permitted in these areas. Information about DEP’s Meeting the Requirements of the Springs and Aquafer Protection Act webpage. (opens in new window)
Which new septic system permits will be affected?
New onsite sewage system construction permits issued on or after when BMAPs become effective on lots less than one acre and located in a PFA will require nitrogen-reduction. To determine if a particular lot is within the PFA, see DEP’s mapping tool (opens in new window).
What Florida Department of Health (DOH)-approved nitrogen-reducing onsite sewage systems exist?
Nitrogen-reducing options include in-ground nitrogen-reducing biofilters (INRBs), nitrogen-reducing (NSF 245-certified) aerobic treatment units, and nitrogen-reducing Performance-Based Treatment Systems. See an overview of nitrogen-reducing systems that can used for Springs Protection and links to Florida-approved systems - pdf<1mb, opens in new window
Links for more information
Learn more about DEP’s Septic Upgrade Incentive Program - opens in new window, a program to provide financial incentives for homeowners to upgrade their existing conventional onsite sewage systems to nitrogen-reducing septic systems in certain areas.
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