Technical Comment Letters

The Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP, formerly the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program) convenes a Technical Advisory Committee comprised of many of the most prominent scientists and experts in Florida.  This advisory committee, together with the CHNEP's staff, drafts technical comment letters to advise outside entities on regional priorities and the best available science for further protection and restoration of water, wildlife habitat and other natural resources in the CHNEP program area.

Below is an example of a technical comment letter regarding priority Outstanding Florida Waters (specially designated waters that are to be protected from any degradation) which are not meeting state water quality standards and are in need of Total Maximum Daily Load limits ("impaired"). This letter was sent to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of the CHNEP (click on image to view full letter): 

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