Florida Senate - 2020 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1878 Ì628664EÎ628664 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (Bradley) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 373.477, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 373.477 Everglades restoration and protection of water 8 resources.—For fiscal year 2020-2021, and annually thereafter, a 9 minimum of $625 million shall be appropriated as provided in 10 this section for the purposes of Everglades restoration and the 11 protection of water resources in this state. The funding must be 12 used for a science-based process to identify projects that are 13 needed to achieve such restoration and protection. 14 (1) For fiscal year 2020-2021, and annually thereafter, a 15 minimum of $625 million shall be appropriated in the following 16 distributions as delineated in the 2020-2021 General 17 Appropriations Act: 18 (a) A minimum of $236 million for Everglades projects in 19 accordance with the provisions of s. 375.041(3)(b)1. 20 (b) The sum of $64 million in accordance with s. 21 375.041(3)(b)4., for the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir 22 project. 23 (c) The sum of $50 million for springs restoration in 24 accordance with s. 375.041(3)(b)2. 25 (d) A minimum of $40 million for alternative water supplies 26 or water conservation. 27 (e) A minimum of $25 million as delineated in the 2020-2021 28 General Appropriations Act for projects within the watersheds of 29 the St. Johns River, the Suwannee River, and the Apalachicola 30 River. 31 (f) A minimum of $10 million for the Florida Resilient 32 Coastline Initiative. 33 (g) A minimum of $50 million to the South Florida Water 34 Management District for the design, engineering, and 35 construction of aquifer storage and recovery wells. 36 (h) A minimum of $4 million as delineated in the 2020-2021 37 General Appropriations Act for red tide research. 38 (2) Any remaining balance after the distributions indicated 39 in subsection (1) shall be allocated to fund any of the 40 following: 41 (a) Targeted water quality improvements. 42 (b) Alternative water supplies or water conservation. 43 (c) Water quality enhancements and accountability, 44 innovative technologies, and harmful algal bloom prevention and 45 mitigation. 46 (d) Land acquisition or easement acquisition, including, 47 but not limited to, lands or easements purchased pursuant to the 48 Florida Forever program or the Rural and Family Lands Protection 49 Program. 50 (e) Coral reef protection and restoration. 51 (f) Projects within the watersheds of the Indian River 52 Lagoon. 53 (3) This section is repealed on June 30, 2023, unless 54 reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the 55 Legislature. 56 Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section 57 375.041, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 58 375.041 Land Acquisition Trust Fund.— 59 (3) Funds distributed into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund 60 pursuant to s. 201.15 shall be applied: 61 (b) Of the funds remaining after the payments required 62 under paragraph (a), but before funds may be appropriated, 63 pledged, or dedicated for other uses: 64 1. A minimum of $236 million
the lesser of 25 percent or65 $200 millionshall be appropriated annually for Everglades 66 projects that implement the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration 67 Plan as set forth in s. 373.470, including the Central 68 Everglades Planning Project subject to Congressional 69 authorization; the Long-Term Plan as defined in s. 373.4592(2); 70 and the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program as 71 set forth in s. 373.4595. From these funds, $32 million shall be 72 distributed each fiscal year through the 2023-2024 fiscal year 73 to the South Florida Water Management District for the Long-Term 74 Plan as defined in s. 373.4592(2). After deducting the $32 75 million distributed under this subparagraph, from the funds 76 remaining, a minimum of the lesser of 76.5 percent or $100 77 million shall be appropriated each fiscal year through the 2025 78 2026 fiscal year for the planning, design, engineering, and 79 construction of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan as 80 set forth in s. 373.470, including the Central Everglades 81 Planning Project, the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage 82 Reservoir Project, the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project, the C 83 43 West Basin Storage Reservoir Project, the Indian River 84 Lagoon-South Project, the Western Everglades Restoration 85 Project, and the Picayune Strand Restoration Project. The 86 Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida 87 Water Management District shall give preference to those 88 Everglades restoration projects that reduce harmful discharges 89 of water from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie or Caloosahatchee 90 estuaries in a timely manner. For the purpose of performing the 91 calculation provided in this subparagraph, the amount of debt 92 service paid pursuant to paragraph (a) for bonds issued after 93 July 1, 2016, for the purposes set forth under paragraph (b) 94 shall be added to the amount remaining after the payments 95 required under paragraph (a). The amount of the distribution 96 calculated shall then be reduced by an amount equal to the debt 97 service paid pursuant to paragraph (a) on bonds issued after 98 July 1, 2016, for the purposes set forth under this 99 subparagraph. 100 2. A minimum of the lesser of 7.6 percent or $50 million 101 shall be appropriated annually for spring restoration, 102 protection, and management projects. For the purpose of 103 performing the calculation provided in this subparagraph, the 104 amount of debt service paid pursuant to paragraph (a) for bonds 105 issued after July 1, 2016, for the purposes set forth under 106 paragraph (b) shall be added to the amount remaining after the 107 payments required under paragraph (a). The amount of the 108 distribution calculated shall then be reduced by an amount equal 109 to the debt service paid pursuant to paragraph (a) on bonds 110 issued after July 1, 2016, for the purposes set forth under this 111 subparagraph. 112 3. The sum of $5 million shall be appropriated annually 113 each fiscal year through the 2025-2026 fiscal year to the St. 114 Johns River Water Management District for projects dedicated to 115 the restoration of Lake Apopka. This distribution shall be 116 reduced by an amount equal to the debt service paid pursuant to 117 paragraph (a) on bonds issued after July 1, 2016, for the 118 purposes set forth in this subparagraph. 119 4. The sum of $64 million is appropriated and shall be 120 transferred to the Everglades Trust Fund for the 2018-2019 121 fiscal year, and each fiscal year thereafter, for the EAA 122 reservoir project pursuant to s. 373.4598. Any funds remaining 123 in any fiscal year shall be made available only for Phase II of 124 the C-51 reservoir project or projects identified in 125 subparagraph 1. and must be used in accordance with laws 126 relating to such projects. Any funds made available for such 127 purposes in a fiscal year are in addition to the amount 128 appropriated under subparagraph 1. This distribution shall be 129 reduced by an amount equal to the debt service paid pursuant to 130 paragraph (a) on bonds issued after July 1, 2017, for the 131 purposes set forth in this subparagraph. 132 5. Notwithstanding subparagraph 3., for the 2019-2020 133 fiscal year, funds shall be appropriated as provided in the 134 General Appropriations Act. This subparagraph expires July 1, 135 2020. 136 Section 3. The amendment made to s. 375.041(3)(b), Florida 137 Statutes, by this act expires June 30, 2023, and the text of 138 that paragraph shall revert to that in existence on June 30, 139 2020, except that any amendments to such text enacted other than 140 by this act shall be preserved and continue to operate to the 141 extent that such amendments are not dependent upon the portions 142 of text which expire pursuant to this section. 143 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020. 144 145 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 146 And the title is amended as follows: 147 Delete everything before the enacting clause 148 and insert: 149 A bill to be entitled 150 An act relating to environmental protection; creating 151 s. 373.477, F.S.; requiring a minimum annual 152 appropriation for Everglades restoration and the 153 protection of water resources in this state beginning 154 in a specified fiscal year; specifying requirements 155 for the allocation of such funding; providing for 156 future repeal of the appropriation unless reviewed and 157 saved from repeal through reenactment by the 158 Legislature; amending s. 375.041, F.S.; revising the 159 minimum annual appropriation for certain 160 appropriations from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund; 161 providing that such revisions expire on a specified 162 date; providing an effective date.