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.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.
   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.