Florida Senate - 2015 SB 1436 By Senator Gibson 9-01200-15 20151436__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to water supply planning and 3 oversight; creating s. 373.717, F.S.; providing 4 legislative intent; creating the Florida Statewide 5 Water Oversight and Planning Council within the 6 Department of Environmental Protection to guide and 7 assist water forecasting plans for the state; 8 providing for the membership of the council; requiring 9 the council to carry out certain tasks; requiring the 10 council to submit 5-year, 10-year, and 20-year water 11 forecasting plans by specified dates; providing an 12 effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 373.717, Florida Statutes, is created to 17 read: 18 373.717 Florida Statewide Water Oversight and Planning 19 Council.— 20 (1) INTENT.—The Legislature finds that an oversight council 21 is necessary to ensure the sustainability and availability of 22 sufficient water supplies for current and future uses in this 23 state while protecting natural systems. The Legislature intends 24 that the council shall advise in determining the best approach 25 to prevent or minimize damage from floods, and protect and 26 enhance the natural system values of floodplains; improve, 27 protect, and maintain the quality of surface and groundwater; 28 and preserve, protect, and restore water dependent natural 29 systems. 30 (2) CREATION.—The Florida Statewide Water Oversight and 31 Planning Council is created as an advisory council pursuant to 32 chapter 20 within the department to provide a statewide 33 oversight perspective that will guide and assist the development 34 of a 5-year, 10-year, and 20-year water forecasting plan for the 35 state. 36 (3) MEMBERS.—The council shall consist of 15 members as 37 follows: 38 (a) Two members appointed by the Governor. 39 (b) One member appointed by the Speaker of the House of 40 Representatives. 41 (c) One member appointed by the President of the Senate. 42 (d) One member from the Department of Agriculture appointed 43 by the Commissioner of Agriculture. 44 (e) One member from the Department of Environmental 45 Protection appointed by the Secretary of Environmental 46 Protection. 47 (f) One member from the Sierra Club. 48 (g) One member from the Florida Homebuilders Association. 49 (h) One member from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. 50 (i) One member from the Associated Industries of Florida. 51 (j) One member from each of the five water management 52 districts appointed by the executive director of each water 53 management district, respectively. 54 (4) LONG-RANGE WATER FORECASTING PLANS.— 55 (a) The council shall carry out all of the following tasks 56 in developing the long-range water forecasting plans that ensure 57 the state has sufficient water to sustain the state’s 58 population, agricultural industry, and environmental resources: 59 1. Identify and inventory existing sources of potable water 60 and identify new sources of potable water. 61 2. Identify ways to promote water conservation education 62 and practices and the reuse of reclaimed water and treated 63 wastewater for nonpotable purposes, such as landscape irrigation 64 and farming. 65 3. Make recommendations on projects for creating new 66 potable water sources, preserving existing water sources, 67 creating reservoirs and water storage, assisting with flood 68 protection and floodplain management. 69 4. Review the impact of underground activity that may 70 impact or pollute the aquifer, including drilling, fracking, 71 chemical injection, mining, and stormwater injection. 72 5. Review the impact of activities that involve dredging. 73 6. Develop recommendations for protection of the natural 74 water systems of the state, including lakes, springs, wetlands, 75 marshes, wildlife habitats, recreational sites, and streams to 76 be provided to the Department of Environmental Protection. 77 7. Develop recommendations on the management of beaches and 78 coastal systems, Everglades restoration, wetland and submerged 79 land protection, and beach renourishment. 80 (b) The 5-year water forecasting plan must be submitted to 81 the Governor and the Legislature by January 1, 2017, and the 10 82 year and 20-year water forecasting plans must be submitted by 83 January 1, 2018. 84 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.