DEP: Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration Impact assessment sampling event in Panhandle at shoreline sites in Florida Panhandle counties continues: Escambia through Franklin Counties (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin).
Water samples will be collected throughout the panhandle for PAH’s. Two to three samples will be collected each day from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf counties. Sampling will be conducted throughout each week on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Routine monitoring will continue in Gulf and Franklin counties on Tuesdays.
Escambia/Santa Rosa – Johnson Beach, Ft. Pickens, Pensacola Pier, Navarre Beach – routine samples, no oil observed Okaloosa – Beasley Park, Henderson State Park – routine samples, no oil observed Walton County: 2 samples planned (Miramar Beach, and either Blue Mountain or Grayton Beach) Bay County: 2 samples planned (Laguna Beach, Panama City Beach)
DEP: Division of Water Resource Management A NRDA Shoreline/Marsh Pre-Assessment plan has been approved; staff from the Office of Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources and from the Beaches and Wetland Resources Section are coordinating.
A NRDA team (Entrix and National Parks) is conducting pre-assessment inspections on Gulf Islands National Seashore this week.
DEP: Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA) CAMA is gearing up to start the northeast region (Volusia through Nassau Counties) the week of July 12.