Florida Senate - 2013 SB 978 By Senator Soto 14-00957-13 2013978__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Springs Revival Act; creating 3 s. 373.198, F.S.; requiring water management districts 4 to identify certain springs, develop certain plans, 5 and submit certain reports to the Governor and the 6 Legislature; authorizing the districts to adopt rules 7 and issue orders; providing an effective date. 8 9 WHEREAS, Florida’s springs are natural treasures that 10 provide world-class recreation and ecotourism, and 11 WHEREAS, Florida’s springs are integral to our water supply 12 and essential to our quality of life, and 13 WHEREAS, according to the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs 14 Institute, Florida’s springs have been declining in magnitude 15 for the past 50 years, and 16 WHEREAS, strong measures must be taken to ensure the 17 survival of Florida’s springs for future generations, NOW, 18 THEREFORE, 19 20 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 21 22 Section 1. Section 373.198, Florida Statutes, is created to 23 read: 24 373.198 Springs Revival Act.— 25 (1) By October 1, 2013, each water management district, 26 with technical support provided by the Florida Geological Survey 27 or another appropriate state or federal agency, shall identify 28 the first and second magnitude springs within the district that 29 are in decline based upon historic average water quality and 30 flow levels that are not identified in the department’s rule for 31 impaired water bodies. 32 (2) By July 1, 2014, each water management district shall 33 develop a 5-year plan to restore historic average water quality 34 and flow levels to the springs identified pursuant to subsection 35 (1) and in the department’s impaired water bodies rule. The plan 36 may use or include existing plans and studies. 37 (3) Each water management district may adopt rules or issue 38 orders as necessary to implement this section. 39 (4) Beginning January 1, 2014, and quarterly thereafter, 40 each water management district shall submit a report on the 41 progress of the restoration efforts required by this section to 42 the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of 43 the House of Representatives. 44 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.