Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 1576
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/24/2014           .                                

       The Committee on Appropriations (Montford) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (356190) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Delete lines 468 - 523
    5  and insert:
    6         (1) By December 31, 2014, the department shall adopt rules
    7  to fund pilot projects that test the effectiveness of innovative
    8  or existing nutrient reduction or water conservation
    9  technologies or practices designed to minimize nutrient
   10  pollution in the springs of this state. The department may
   11  approve funding for pilot projects each funding cycle if the
   12  department determines that the pilot project will not be harmful
   13  to the ecological resources in the study area.
   14         (2) By December 31, 2014, the department shall adopt rules
   15  to evaluate, rank, and select projects eligible for funding
   16  under this part or land acquisition pursuant to s.
   17  201.15(1)(c)3.b. In developing these rules, the department shall
   18  give preference to the projects that will result in the greatest
   19  improvement to water quality and water quantity for the dollars
   20  to be expended for the project. At a minimum, the department
   21  shall consider:
   22         (a) The level of nutrient impairment of the Outstanding
   23  Florida Spring in which the project is located.
   24         (b) The quantity of pollutants, particularly total
   25  nitrogen, the project is estimated to remove from an Outstanding
   26  Florida Spring with an adopted nutrient total maximum daily
   27  load.
   28         (c) The flow necessary to restore the Outstanding Florida
   29  Spring to its adopted minimum flow or minimum water level.
   30         (d) The anticipated impact the project will have on
   31  restoring or increasing water flow or water level.
   32         (e)The amount of matching funds for the project that will
   33  be provided by the entities responsible for implementing the
   34  project.
   35         (f) Whether the project is located in a rural area of
   36  critical state concern, as defined in s. 288.0656, with
   37  preference given to the local government responsible for
   38  implementing the project.
   39         (g)For multiple-year projects, whether the project has
   40  funding sources that are identified and assured through the
   41  expected completion date of the project.
   42         (h)The cost of the project and the length of time it will
   43  take to complete relative to its expected benefits.
   44         (i)Whether the entities responsible for implementing the
   45  project, since July 1, 2009, have used their own funds for
   46  projects to improve water quality or conserve water use within a
   47  springshed or spring protection and management zone of an
   48  Outstanding Florida Spring, with preference given to those
   49  entities that have expended such funds.
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   52  And the title is amended as follows:
   53         Delete lines 648 - 649
   54  and insert:
   55         373.809, F.S.;