Water quality monitoring is an important component of a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP). The monitoring requirement for Phase I MS4s is supported by Rule 62-624.600 of the Florida Administrative Code. The primary objective of the SWMP is to reduce pollutant discharge from the MS4 to waters of the state and therefore monitoring is necessary to assess the continued effectiveness of the SWMP and properly manage its activities. Phase I MS4 monitoring plans must meet the following goals:
The Polk County Parks & Natural Resources Division Water Resources Section manages the water quality monitoring efforts for the county. These efforts include stream and lake water quality monitoring. Our ambient monitoring program staff collects quarterly samples at 109 public access lakes and 26 stream sites. Samples are analyzed for wet chemistry, metals, nutrients, and bacteria.
Learn more about general MS4 monitoring objectives and approaches.