N·P·D·E·S n.
Acronym for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. NPDES is a federal program created to assist communities in reaching the goals of the Clean Water Act by encouraging pollution prevention.

T·M·D·L n.
Acronym for Total Maximum Daily Load. The TMDL program, also part of the Clean Water Act, determines pollutant thresholds for waters of the state. The program requires communities with designated "impaired" waterways to decrease pollutant loads to healthy levels.

In Florida, both the NPDES and TMDL programs are regulated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. For more information on these programs visit NPDES and TMDL, or contact Sally Adkins, Coordinator for the Gainesville Clean Water Partnership at adkinss@ci.gainesville.fl.us or (352)334-5072.

The Gainesville Clean Water Partnership is a cooperative partnership between the City of Gainesville, Alachua County, and the Florida Department of Transportation dedicated to working with the Gainesville community for healthy waterways.

The Partnership was established in 2001 to collectively address requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program in the Gainesville urban area through public outreach and participation, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction site stormwater controls, post construction stormwater controls and good housekeeping in municipal operations.

The Partnership is also involved in working towards better water quality and healthier waterways in over half of Gainesville's 17 watersheds that are presently considered "impaired" through the Total Maximum Daily Loads program.