Many canals do not meet the State’s minimum water quality criteria and are a potential source of nutrients and other contaminants to nearshore waters designated as Outstanding Florida Waters. Implementation of wastewater treatment and stormwater management systems will reduce loadings to the canals but will not completely eliminate the impaired water quality conditions. A Canal Management Master Plan is needed to develop a prioritization for canal restoration and develop feasible strategies to improve the water quality in the artificial canals in the Florida Keys. The county is developing the Master Plan and is performing extensive fieldwork to better understand the water quality conditions of every canal in the County. This includes the canals in the municipalities.
The Monroe County BOCC approved a series of canal restoration demonstration projects. The results will be used to further define restoration costs and for information in future grant applications to state and federal sources.
The Canal Advisory Committee meetings are noticed in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR).