Florida Senate - 2021 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 2516 Ì820320^Î820320 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: AD/CR . Floor: AD 04/30/2021 10:54 AM . 04/30/2021 01:37 PM ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Conference Committee on SB 2516 recommended the following: 1 Senate Conference Committee Amendment (with title 2 amendment) 3 4 Delete everything after the enacting clause 5 and insert: 6 Section 1. Section 373.4599, Florida Statutes, is created 7 to read: 8 373.4599 Water storage north of Lake Okeechobee.— 9 (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 10 (a) “Corps” means the United States Army Corps of 11 Engineers. 12 (b) “District” means the South Florida Water Management 13 District. 14 (c) “Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project” or 15 “LOWRP” means the recommended plan contained within the Lake 16 Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project Final Integrated 17 Project Implementation Report and Environmental Impact Statement 18 dated August 2020 or as amended by the district and corps. 19 (2) PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION REPORT.—Upon the effective date 20 of this act, the district shall request that the corps seek 21 congressional approval of a project implementation report for 22 the LOWRP before passage of the Water Resources Development Act 23 of 2022. 24 (3) AGREEMENTS.—Immediately following congressional 25 approval of the LOWRP, the district shall seek to execute with 26 the corps a project partnership agreement for the LOWRP. The 27 project partnership agreement must be consistent with this 28 section. 29 (4) PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION.— 30 (a) Projects, locations, or structures.—Projects, 31 locations, or structures referred to in this subsection shall 32 mean those described in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed 33 Restoration Project Final Integrated Project Implementation 34 Report and Environmental Impact Statement dated August 2020 or 35 as amended by the district and the corps. 36 (b) Aquifer storage and recovery.— 37 1. Expedition of the LOWRP.—The district, in partnership 38 with the corps, shall expedite the development and 39 implementation of the LOWRP aquifer storage and recovery wells. 40 Implementation of this subsection must comply with all 41 applicable federal and state laws and rules, including the 42 department’s underground injection control program. 43 2. Investigation and monitoring.—The district shall perform 44 any necessary scientific investigation and monitoring 45 concurrently with the implementation of the LOWRP aquifer 46 storage and recovery wells. To ensure public health and safety, 47 technical feasibility, and achievement of environmental 48 benefits, implementation of the LOWRP aquifer storage and 49 recovery wells must use a phased approach that confirms 50 feasibility and site suitability and addresses uncertainties 51 identified in the aquifer storage and recovery science plan 52 developed by the district and the corps. 53 3. Aquifer storage and recovery science plan.—The district 54 shall expedite implementation of the aquifer storage and 55 recovery science plan developed by the district and the corps. 56 4. LOWRP watershed aquifer storage and recovery wells.— 57 a. For the Kissimmee River Basin site with the existing 58 Kissimmee River Aquifer Storage and Recovery Pilot Project 59 system, the district shall, by January 30, 2022, reactivate the 60 existing aquifer storage and recovery system on the site, 61 including any necessary testing. By March 30, 2027, the district 62 shall ensure that all other feasible aquifer storage and 63 recovery wells on the site are operational. 64 b. For all remaining feasible cluster sites in the 65 Kissimmee River Basin and Taylor Creek/Nubbin Slough Basin, the 66 district shall, by August 1, 2021, construct or execute 67 contracts for any necessary exploratory and monitoring wells on 68 each site, in addition to any other necessary evaluations, to 69 evaluate or confirm site suitability for well clusters. By March 70 30, 2027, the district shall ensure that all feasible aquifer 71 storage and recovery wells on those sites with suitable 72 locations are operational. 73 c. For all other feasible currently or subsequently 74 proposed LOWRP watershed aquifer storage and recovery cluster 75 sites not colocated with the wetland attenuation feature, the 76 district shall, by December 31, 2022, execute contracts for the 77 construction of any necessary exploratory and monitoring wells 78 on each site, in addition to any other necessary evaluations, to 79 evaluate site suitability for well clusters. By March 30, 2027, 80 the district shall ensure that all feasible aquifer storage and 81 recovery wells on those sites with suitable locations are 82 operational. 83 (c) Wetland restoration.—The district, in partnership with 84 the corps, shall pursue expeditious implementation of the 85 Paradise Run wetland restoration project and the Kissimmee River 86 Center wetland restoration project. 87 (5) REPORT.—By November 1, 2021, the district shall submit 88 to the Legislature a report describing the district’s compliance 89 with this section, including steps taken and any plans necessary 90 for ongoing compliance. The report must include updates on 91 congressional approval for the LOWRP project implementation 92 report; the aquifer storage and recovery science plan; any 93 scientific investigations; and designs, construction, and 94 operations. 95 Section 2. Subsection (3) of section 375.041, Florida 96 Statutes, is amended to read: 97 375.041 Land Acquisition Trust Fund.— 98 (3) Funds distributed into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund 99 pursuant to s. 201.15 shall be applied: 100 (a) First, to pay debt service or to fund debt service 101 reserve funds, rebate obligations, or other amounts payable with 102 respect to Florida Forever bonds issued under s. 215.618; and 103 pay debt service, provide reserves, and pay rebate obligations 104 and other amounts due with respect to Everglades restoration 105 bonds issued under s. 215.619; and 106 (b) Of the funds remaining after the payments required 107 under paragraph (a), but before funds may be appropriated, 108 pledged, or dedicated for other uses: 109 1. A minimum of the lesser of 25 percent or $200 million 110 shall be appropriated annually for Everglades projects that 111 implement the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan as set 112 forth in s. 373.470, including the Central Everglades Planning 113 Project subject to Congressional authorization; the Long-Term 114 Plan as defined in s. 373.4592(2); and the Northern Everglades 115 and Estuaries Protection Program as set forth in s. 373.4595. 116 From these funds, $32 million shall be distributed each fiscal 117 year through the 2023-2024 fiscal year to the South Florida 118 Water Management District for the Long-Term Plan as defined in 119 s. 373.4592(2). After deducting the $32 million distributed 120 under this subparagraph, from the funds remaining, a minimum of 121 the lesser of 76.5 percent or $100 million shall be appropriated 122 each fiscal year through the 2025-2026 fiscal year for the 123 planning, design, engineering, and construction of the 124 Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan as set forth in s. 125 373.470, including the Central Everglades Planning Project, the 126 Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project, the Lake 127 Okeechobee Watershed Project, the C-43 West Basin Storage 128 Reservoir Project, the Indian River Lagoon-South Project, the 129 Western Everglades Restoration Project, and the Picayune Strand 130 Restoration Project. The Department of Environmental Protection 131 and the South Florida Water Management District shall give 132 preference to those Everglades restoration projects that reduce 133 harmful discharges of water from Lake Okeechobee to the St. 134 Lucie or Caloosahatchee estuaries in a timely manner. For the 135 purpose of performing the calculation provided in this 136 subparagraph, the amount of debt service paid pursuant to 137 paragraph (a) for bonds issued after July 1, 2016, for the 138 purposes set forth under paragraph (b) shall be added to the 139 amount remaining after the payments required under paragraph 140 (a). The amount of the distribution calculated shall then be 141 reduced by an amount equal to the debt service paid pursuant to 142 paragraph (a) on bonds issued after July 1, 2016, for the 143 purposes set forth under this subparagraph. 144 2. A minimum of the lesser of 7.6 percent or $50 million 145 shall be appropriated annually for spring restoration, 146 protection, and management projects. For the purpose of 147 performing the calculation provided in this subparagraph, the 148 amount of debt service paid pursuant to paragraph (a) for bonds 149 issued after July 1, 2016, for the purposes set forth under 150 paragraph (b) shall be added to the amount remaining after the 151 payments required under paragraph (a). The amount of the 152 distribution calculated shall then be reduced by an amount equal 153 to the debt service paid pursuant to paragraph (a) on bonds 154 issued after July 1, 2016, for the purposes set forth under this 155 subparagraph. 156 3. The sum of $5 million shall be appropriated annually 157 each fiscal year through the 2025-2026 fiscal year to the St. 158 Johns River Water Management District for projects dedicated to 159 the restoration of Lake Apopka. This distribution shall be 160 reduced by an amount equal to the debt service paid pursuant to 161 paragraph (a) on bonds issued after July 1, 2016, for the 162 purposes set forth in this subparagraph. 163 4. The sum of $64 million is appropriated and shall be 164 transferred to the Everglades Trust Fund for the 2018-2019 165 fiscal year, and each fiscal year thereafter, for the EAA 166 reservoir project pursuant to s. 373.4598. Any funds remaining 167 in any fiscal year shall be made available only for Phase II of 168 the C-51 reservoir project or projects identified in 169 subparagraph 1. and must be used in accordance with laws 170 relating to such projects. Any funds made available for such 171 purposes in a fiscal year are in addition to the amount 172 appropriated under subparagraph 1. This distribution shall be 173 reduced by an amount equal to the debt service paid pursuant to 174 paragraph (a) on bonds issued after July 1, 2017, for the 175 purposes set forth in this subparagraph. 176 5. The sum of $50 million shall be appropriated annually to 177 the South Florida Water Management District for the Lake 178 Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project in accordance with s. 179 373.4599. This distribution must be reduced by an amount equal 180 to the debt service paid pursuant to paragraph (a) on bonds 181 issued after July 1, 2021, for the purposes set forth in this 182 subparagraph. 183 6. Notwithstanding subparagraph 3., for the 2020-2021 184 fiscal year, funds shall be appropriated as provided in the 185 General Appropriations Act. This subparagraph expires July 1, 186 2021. 187 Section 3. The Division of Law Revision is directed to 188 replace the phrase “the effective date of this act” wherever it 189 occurs in this act with the date this act becomes a law. 190 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law. 191 192 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 193 And the title is amended as follows: 194 Delete everything before the enacting clause 195 and insert: 196 A bill to be entitled 197 An act relating to water storage north of Lake 198 Okeechobee; creating s. 373.4599, F.S.; defining 199 terms; requiring the South Florida Water Management 200 District to request that the United States Army Corps 201 of Engineers seek congressional approval of a project 202 implementation report for the Lake Okeechobee 203 Watershed Restoration Project by a specified date; 204 requiring the district to seek a project partnership 205 agreement with the corps upon such approval; requiring 206 the district, in partnership with the corps, to 207 expedite the development and implementation of aquifer 208 storage and recovery wells; requiring the district to 209 perform necessary scientific investigation and 210 monitoring with implementation of such storage and 211 recovery; requiring the district to expedite 212 implementation of the aquifer storage and recovery 213 science plan developed by the district and the corps; 214 providing an implementation schedule for project 215 sites; requiring the district, in partnership with the 216 corps, to pursue expeditious implementation of certain 217 wetland restoration projects; requiring the district 218 to submit a report to the Legislature by a specified 219 date; providing requirements for the report; amending 220 s. 375.041, F.S.; requiring an annual appropriation 221 from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund for the Lake 222 Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project; providing a 223 directive to the Division of Law Revision; providing 224 an effective date.