Click on any Recommended Management Action (RMA) below to see the full titles and supporting information. Each RMA has 3 accompanying documents:

  • RMA Brief: The most concise version of the RMA which includes the title, main objective, and some background information. This is the “Reader’s Digest Version”.
  • Final RMA: This is the final RMA as developed by the working groups based on information in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 worksheets as well as technical and community feedback.
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 Information Worksheets: The original information-gathering documents used by the Community Working Group (CWG) members to develop their Recommended Management Actions (RMAs). These raw source documents aided CWG members in collecting data, information, and feedback about their RMAs. Please note that these documents may include information that is no longer pertinent to the current form of the RMA as they have evolved.
N-1: Educate the Public about Land-Based Sources of Pollution
Educate the public on the effects of land-based sources of pollution to reduce the amount of pollutants entering storm drains and waterways.


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N-8: Educate the Public about Eco-Friendly Yard Maintenance
Promote public education programs like “be Floridian”, “rain gardens”, “nature scape”, and “Florida Yards and Neighborhoods” to encourage eco-friendly yard and garden practices to help reduce the amount of nutrients and other pollutants reaching the reefs through residential run-off.


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N-68: Regulate Fertilizers and Pesticides and Promote BMPs
Reduce and regulate fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides and promote BMPs to reduce nutrient and pollutant loading to improve water quality and provide protection to the reefs and promote the use of Florida friendly herbicides and pesticides to eliminate adverse impacts to the coastal environment and its watershed.


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N-69: Provide Incentives to Restore Wetlands and Stop Discharges to Estuaries
Support initiatives and provide financial incentives to restore and preserve wetlands north of Lake Okeechobee to stop discharges to coastal estuaries to protect estuaries and reefs.


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N-71: Maintain a Unified Monitoring Program for Sources of Pollution
Maintain and coordinate a unified monitoring program to detect, identify, and eliminate sources of pollution flowing through inlets to improve water quality and protection to reef.


 

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N-75: Offer Free Pump-Out Stations to Boaters
Promote/offer free pump out stations to better water quality and allow boats a better option than dumping waste offshore.


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N-78: Reduce Ground Water Pollution from Septic/Storage Tanks
Reduce ground water pollution from sources such as septic and storage tank infrastructure to watersheds associated with priority reef areas to improve water quality and reef health.


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N-82: Promote Initiatives to Reduce Negative Impacts of Stormwater Drainage
Support and promote existing and create innovative new initiatives that increase stormwater storage, and reduce stormwater runoff, enhance treatment, increase reuse, and reduce nutrients and other contaminants to the watershed, especially from surface water, to restore healthy estuaries.


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N-94: Create, Support, and Promote a Certification Program for BMPs at Golf Courses
Create, support and promote a certification program and adaptive Best Management Practices for all golf courses (similar to Blue Star for dive industry and clean marina programs) to provide an incentive mechanism for golf courses to eliminate adverse impacts on the coastal environment and its watershed.


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N-97: Implement LBSP Reduction at Pollution Hotspots
Target, prioritize, and implement Land-Based Sources of Pollution (LBSP) reduction activities at identified pollution hotspots within Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) watersheds to improve coastal water quality.


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N-116: Implement Regional “Living Shorelines”
Coordinate and implement regional “living shoreline” objectives to increase the use and protection of natural infrastructure (e.g., coral reefs, native vegetation, mangrove wetlands) to provide natural barriers to storm surge and maintain coastal biodiversity with the agreement of property owners.


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N-120: Overturn Current Legislation that Restricts Bans on Plastic Bags
Encourage influential entities to lobby for legislation to overturn current legislation restricting bans on plastic bags to protect marine habitats and wildlife.


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S-25: Encourage the Closure of all Wastewater Outfalls by 2025
Strongly encourage elected and regulatory officials to oppose extensions to dates established in existing sewage treatment outfalls legislation to ensure the timely closure (prior to 2025) of all treated wastewater outfall pipes and build/upgrade infrastructure for advanced water treatment and reuse capacity to improve ocean water quality.


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S-28: Support Everglades Flow Restoration
Support Everglades flow restoration to reduce land based sources of pollution and improve water quality in estuaries and inlet contributing areas connected to the coral reef ecosystems of southeast Florida.


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S-110: Eliminate Over-Beach Discharge of Water
Eliminate over beach discharge of water to eliminate those sources of beach erosion reducing the amount of beach fill needed which may improve near shore water quality.


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