Florida Senate - 2014 CS for CS for SB 536 By the Committees on Environmental Preservation and Conservation; and Agriculture; and Senator Simpson 592-02906-14 2014536c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to reclaimed water; requiring the 3 Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a 4 study in coordination with the Department of 5 Agriculture and Consumer Services and the water 6 management districts on the expansion of the 7 beneficial use of reclaimed water, stormwater, and 8 excess surface water and to submit a report based upon 9 such study; providing requirements for the report; 10 requiring the departments to provide the public an 11 opportunity for input and for public comment; 12 requiring that the report be submitted to the Governor 13 and the Legislature by a specified date; providing an 14 effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Use of reclaimed water, stormwater, and excess 19 surface water.— 20 (1) The Department of Environmental Protection, in 21 coordination with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer 22 Services and the five water management districts, shall conduct 23 a comprehensive study and submit a report on the expansion of 24 the beneficial use of reclaimed water, stormwater, and excess 25 surface water in this state. 26 (2) The report must: 27 (a) Identify factors that prohibit or complicate the 28 expansion of the beneficial use of reclaimed water, stormwater, 29 and excess surface water and recommend how those factors can be 30 mitigated or eliminated. 31 (b) Identify measures that would lead to the efficient use 32 of reclaimed water. 33 (c) Identify the environmental, engineering, public health, 34 public perception, and fiscal constraints of such an expansion, 35 including utility rate structures for reclaimed water. 36 (d) Identify areas in the state where traditional water 37 supply sources are limited and the use of reclaimed water, 38 stormwater, or excess surface water for irrigation or other 39 purposes is necessary. 40 (e) Recommend permit incentives, such as extending current 41 authorizations for long-term consumptive use permits for all 42 entities that substitute reclaimed water for traditional water 43 sources that become unavailable or otherwise cost prohibitive. 44 (f) Determine the feasibility, benefit, and cost estimate 45 of the infrastructure needed to construct regional storage 46 features on public or private lands for reclaimed water, 47 stormwater, and excess surface water, including the collection 48 and delivery mechanisms for beneficial uses such as agricultural 49 irrigation, power generation, public water supply, wetland 50 restoration, groundwater recharge, and waterbody base flow 51 augmentation. 52 (3) The departments shall: 53 (a) Hold two public meetings, at a minimum, to gather input 54 on the study. 55 (b) Provide an opportunity for the public to submit written 56 comments before submitting the report. 57 (4) The report shall be submitted to the Governor, the 58 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 59 Representatives no later than December 1, 2015. 60 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.