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Throughout the state, Basin Management Action Plans (BMAP) are undergoing review and updating.  A final BMAP plan is mandated by law to be adopted and ready for implementation by July 1, 2018.  In the Wekiva area, the BMAP is part of a mandate that covers an “Outstanding Florida Spring”. A special committee was formed to make recommendations on how to “remediate” septic systems to address their nitrogen contribution to the spring.  While your editor cannot cover state-wide BMAP meetings, this is what we know about the Wekiva BMAP – which has been “ground zero” for everything that has happened state-wide since 2008. 

Things we know:

1. Something will be done with septic systems. 

2. In spite of the Dept. of Health,  Bureau of Onsite Sewage spending $5 Million Dollars to provide a “passive” nitrogen reducing solution for conventional septic systems, all of the Bureau’s approved solutions are electrically powered, time-dosed, and require maintenance contracts.  There are NO non-mechanical, non-electric nitrogen reducing solutions available to us at this time.

3. Sewers are the FDEP preferred solution, but if not sewers, then homeowers will have to choose an approved DOH Bureau of Onsite Sewage “solution”. 

4. Some “sewer” projects are being proposed that can be installed in subdivisions at a much lower cost than the traditional gravity fed sewer lines.  They put an electrically powered grinder pump between your house and the street and a 36” service access port in every yard.  If you read the last Sludge Report, you know what happened to Everglades City when the power failed - every home had a grinder pump. 

We are giving you two resources to help you, the homeowner, to ask the right questions about solutions, and to have a conversation with legislators who are funding all these septic to sewer conversions or septic converstion to the Bureau’s electrically-powered septic systems (No, I will not call them “passive” because they are not passive).  We thank James Madison Institute (JMI) and, Dan Peterson, Exec. Director of JMI’s Center for Property Rights for their contribution to this effort.  The above information can be found in the Sludge Report “Resources" section along with a special link to the “Bert Harris Act" mentioned in the JMI policy paper. For the latest Sludge Report, click below.

Andrea Samson, Editor

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