Florida Senate - 2022                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1238
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (Polsky)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section
    6  380.093, Florida Statutes, is amended, and paragraph (e) is
    7  added to that subsection, to read:
    8         380.093 Resilient Florida Grant Program; comprehensive
    9  statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise data set and
   10  assessment; Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience
   11  Plan; regional resilience entities.—
   13         (b) Subject to appropriation, the department may provide
   14  grants to a county or municipality to fund the costs of
   15  community resilience planning and necessary data collection for
   16  such planning, including comprehensive plan amendments and
   17  necessary corresponding analyses that address the requirements
   18  of s. 163.3178(2)(f); vulnerability assessments that identify or
   19  address risks of flooding and sea level rise; the development of
   20  projects, plans, and policies that allow communities to prepare
   21  for threats from flooding and sea level rise; saltwater
   22  intrusion vulnerability assessments for coastal counties
   23  pursuant to paragraph (e); and projects to adapt critical assets
   24  to the effects of flooding and sea level rise.
   25         (e) Within the Resilient Florida Grant Program, beginning
   26  July 1, 2023, the department may provide grants to coastal
   27  counties to conduct vulnerability assessments analyzing the
   28  effects of saltwater intrusion on the county’s water supply and
   29  the preparedness of the county to respond to such a threat,
   30  including water utility infrastructure, wellfield protection,
   31  and freshwater supply management.
   32         1.Each saltwater vulnerability assessment must include all
   33  of the following information:
   34         a.The county’s primary water utilities.
   35         b.Current maps of the county’s freshwater wellfields and
   36  latest saltwater intrusion impact lines.
   37         c.Projections of saltwater intrusion over the next decade,
   38  including specific wells that may be impacted during that
   39  timeframe.
   40         d.An analysis of the costs necessary to relocate
   41  freshwater wellfields that are anticipated to be impacted,
   42  including current projects that are underway to relocate the
   43  freshwater wellfields.
   44         2.The department shall use the information contained
   45  within the county’s vulnerability assessment to update its
   46  comprehensive statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise
   47  data set under subsection (4).
   48         3.The department must make any appropriate information
   49  from the vulnerability assessment it receives from coastal
   50  counties pursuant to this paragraph available to the public on
   51  the department’s website.
   52         4.The department shall provide 50 percent cost-share
   53  funding, up to $250,000, for each grant awarded under this
   54  paragraph. A county with a population of 50,000 or less is not
   55  required to contribute to the cost share.
   56         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
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   59  And the title is amended as follows:
   60         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   61  and insert:
   62                        A bill to be entitled                      
   63         An act relating to saltwater intrusion vulnerability
   64         assessments; amending s. 380.093, F.S.; authorizing
   65         the Department of Environmental Protection to provide
   66         grants for saltwater intrusion vulnerability
   67         assessments; specifying the purpose of and
   68         requirements for the assessments; requiring the
   69         department to update the comprehensive statewide flood
   70         vulnerability and sea level rise data set and make
   71         certain information received from the saltwater
   72         intrusion vulnerability assessments available on its
   73         website; requiring the department to provide cost
   74         share funding up to a specified amount for awarded
   75         grants; providing an effective date.