Protecting Florida Lakes

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Material Information

Title:
Protecting Florida Lakes Regulatory Intent, Recreational Use and Water Quality
Physical Description:
1 online resource (156 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Hall, Hollie R
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Soil and Water Science
Committee Chair:
CLARK,MARK W
Committee Co-Chair:
MCCARTY,CHRISTOPHER
Committee Members:
BROWN,MARK T
OBREZA,THOMAS ANTHONY
RUSSO,SANDRA L

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
collaborative -- designated -- integrated -- lake -- management -- networks -- public -- recreation -- regulatory -- uses -- water
Soil and Water Science -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Soil and Water Science thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Presented research findings arose from Adaptive Management guided inquiries into the regulatory frameworks, stakeholder representation, social perceptions, and water quality related to the recreational use of Florida lakes and the protection of those uses. The United States Clean Water Act and Florida’s Surface Water Quality Standards set clear intention to protect recreational uses of lakes, and Florida’s numeric nutrient criteria act as the regulatory mechanism for protection of recreational uses. Guiding principles of Adaptive Management predict that inclusion of stakeholder-defined values is crucial for maintaining stakeholder content and successful protection of those values. From these principles, hypotheses predicting that: the absences of stakeholder defined recreational use patterns would create policy information gaps, result in inadequate protection of recreational uses, and discontent among recreational users were established. Analyses of language used within the Clean Water Act and Florida’s Surface Water Quality Standards were conducted. An absence of definition for recreational uses of lakes was identified indicating an information gap as predicted. A stakeholder vetted definition for recreational uses include, but are not limited to, relaxing, boating, fishing, viewing nature, picnicking, swimming, camping, tubing, hunting, wakeboarding, diving, and water skiing. To determine whether stakeholders were content with the level of protection provided for these recreational uses analyses of public comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the numeric nutrient criteria portion of Florida’s Surface Water Quality Standards was conducted. These analyses determined a majority of comments expressed discontent with the perceived protection provided for recreational uses of Florida’s lakes. To determine whether the numeric nutrient criteria provided protection of existing recreational uses, analyses of existing recreational use patterns and water quality were conducted. These analyses quantified distinct groupings of recreational uses based upon lake water nutrient concentrations indicating that the numeric nutrient criteria might not protect recreational uses dependent upon oligotrophic or eutrophic lake water quality, and that additional regulatory approaches for protection of existing recreational uses might benefit society. Collectively, the presented research findings indicate that select principles of Adaptive Management allow for predictions of management strategy success, failure, or improvement based upon stakeholder engagement.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hollie R Hall.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2013.
Local:
Adviser: CLARK,MARK W.
Local:
Co-adviser: MCCARTY,CHRISTOPHER.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2014-12-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2013
System ID:
UFE0045901:00001