- Water Resources
- Fish & Wildlife
- Real Estate (Land Management).
One of the latest projects that MEPA has been working on for addressing Nonpoint Source Pollution on Tribal lands is finished. The last step that the NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM PLAN goes through prior to being approved by the United States EPA is a public comment period.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:
November 30th through December 30th, 2017.
My favorite parts are the Introduction, and the Appendices. LOL
The intro has a great overview that tells the story of the Miccosukee interests in protecting the Everglades, and how providing a healthy environment for cultural practices benefits the broader South Florida community. It discusses water management challenges in balancing demands from many communities, and points to opportunities for partnership and teamwork on multiple levels.
I liked the Appendices because of the pictures and charts. It really helps you to comprehend a complex situation in one glance. What are the ways that the Miccosukee community use and interact with the Everglades? Just how bad is the water quality throughout the Everglades? All of that and more are effectively illustrated with charts.
And also in the Appendices, you can find specific Best Management Practices clearly organized.
I'm including 2 news reports that provide additional context. You'll also find a download link for the Miccosukee Document, followed by the text from the Miccosukee Community Notice that was published a few days ago.
March 3, 2017 -- Miami Herald
"Water Managers Declare Everglades Nearly Clean; the People who live there say Not Yet"
Read more here:
September 25, 2017 -- Project Earth
"Of Sparrows and Men: Native Culture and Extinction in the River of Grass"
Watch video here:
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REQUEST FOR REVIEW OF:
NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM PLAN
Posted: November 30, 2017
The Miccosukee Tribe’s Water Resources Department has prepared a draft of the Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program Plan, which is available for public review during normal business hours, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Miccosukee Water Resources Department (2nd Floor of the Administration Building). Interested parties may request copies and submit comments by using the contact information below.
Public Comment Period: November 30th through December 30th, 2017
Julian Douglas, Environmental Specialist
(305) 223-8380 Ext. 2223
Comments may also be delivered through the U.S. Mail to:
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
Water Resources Department, Attention: Julian Douglas
P.O. Box 440021, Tamiami Station
Miami, Florida 33144.