Florida Senate - 2019                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 628
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (Albritton)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. It is the intent of the Legislature that the
    6  Department of Environmental Protection interpret this act, to
    7  the maximum extent practicable, in a manner that provides the
    8  Legislature with a comprehensive overview of this state’s water
    9  infrastructure funding needs, including, but not limited to, its
   10  residential, commercial, environmental, agricultural, and
   11  industrial needs. The department shall coordinate, to the
   12  maximum extent practicable, with private and public sector
   13  entities to produce the report required under s. 403.9339,
   14  Florida Statutes. The department may use any source of
   15  information it deems reasonably reliable as long as the source
   16  is identified in the report.
   17         Section 2. Section 403.9339, Florida Statutes, is created
   18  to read:
   19         403.9339Comprehensive overview of statewide water
   20  resources report.
   21         (1)The department shall conduct a comprehensive and
   22  quantitative needs-based overview of this state’s water
   23  resources.
   24         (2)To determine the level of need, the overview must
   25  include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
   26         (a) The funds necessary for the infrastructure’s capacity
   27  to meet current and future demands.
   28         (b)The funds necessary to provide for the infrastructure’s
   29  existing and near-future physical condition and to provide
   30  expected levels of service and protection to the public safety.
   31         (c)The funds necessary for the infrastructure to be
   32  operated and maintained in compliance with federal, state, and
   33  local government regulations.
   34         (d)The funds necessary for the infrastructure to be able
   35  to prevent or protect against significant multi-hazard threats
   36  and incidents, and its ability to quickly return to a pre-hazard
   37  or pre-threat level of service.
   38         (e)The replacement costs for infrastructure that is
   39  nearing, at, or exceeding its estimated service life.
   40         (f)The costs of compliance with legislative intent that
   41  sufficient water be available for all existing and future
   42  reasonable-beneficial uses and for natural systems, and that
   43  adverse effects of competition for water supplies be avoided.
   44         (g)The infrastructure needs and funds necessary to
   45  protect, restore, and enhance this state’s water.
   46         (h)The infrastructure, including stormwater systems, needs
   47  and funds necessary to provide for adequate flood protection.
   48         (3)The overview must be based on a short-term, 5-year
   49  planning period and a long-term, 20-year planning period and
   50  must include, but need not be limited to, all of the following:
   51         (a) Water supply infrastructure, including, at a minimum,
   52  water supply development projects, water resource development
   53  projects, and water conservation.
   54         (b)Water quality protection and restoration, including, at
   55  a minimum, septic system conversion, basin management action
   56  plans under s. 403.067(7)(a), and surface water improvement and
   57  management plans under s. 373.453.
   58         (c)Wastewater infrastructure.
   59         (d)Stormwater infrastructure.
   60         (e)Flood control infrastructure.
   61         (f)Environmental restoration.
   62         (4)The overview must also identify potential funding
   63  options to meet the anticipated demand on water resources in
   64  this state which are necessary to comply with laws and
   65  regulations governing subsection (1), to comply with the
   66  Legislature’s intent that sufficient water be available for all
   67  existing and future reasonable-beneficial uses and the natural
   68  systems, and to avoid adverse effects of competition for water
   69  supplies. The overview of funding options may include a review
   70  of public and private funding options used in this state, other
   71  states, or other countries.
   72         (5)Beginning January 1, 2021, and every 5 years
   73  thereafter, the department shall submit a report of the findings
   74  of the overview to the Governor, the President of the Senate,
   75  and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
   76         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.
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   79  And the title is amended as follows:
   80         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   81  and insert:
   82                        A bill to be entitled                      
   83         An act relating to water resources; providing
   84         legislative intent; creating s. 403.9339, F.S.;
   85         requiring the Department of Environmental Protection
   86         to conduct a comprehensive and quantitative needs
   87         based overview of this state’s water resources;
   88         specifying requirements for the overview; requiring
   89         the department to submit a report every 5 years to the
   90         Governor and the Legislature by a specified date;
   91         providing an effective date.
   93         WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that water constitutes a
   94  public resource benefitting the entire state, and
   95         WHEREAS, water is an essential element to this state’s
   96  current and future growth, sustainability, and environmental
   97  health, and
   98         WHEREAS, a needs-based water assessment is vital to
   99  successfully plan for this state’s current and future population
  100  growth, and infrastructural and environmental needs, NOW,