EPA has signed a final rule that sets numeric water quality criteria for nitrogen/ phosphorus pollution in Florida lakes, flowing waters and springs. The standards apply to Florida waters that are designated as Class I and Class III. 75 Fed. Reg. 75,762 (12/6/10). According to EPA, the goal of the rule is to reduce algae blooms caused by phosphorus and nitrogen pollution from fertilizer, storm water and wastewater. The rule was generated on the basis of a 2009 consent decree requiring EPA to develop numeric standards for Florida waters over the next two years. Fla. Wildlife Fed’n v. Johnson, No. 08-324 (N.D. Fla. 11/16/09). The rule takes effect March 6, 2012, except for 40 CFR 131.43(e), which takes effect on February 4, 2011.