Florida Senate - 2022 SB 1238 By Senator Polsky 29-00292C-22 20221238__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to saltwater intrusion vulnerability 3 assessments; amending s. 380.093, F.S.; requiring 4 coastal counties to conduct vulnerability assessments 5 analyzing the effects of saltwater intrusion on their 6 water supplies and their preparedness to respond to 7 threats, by a specified date; specifying requirements 8 for the assessments; requiring each coastal county to 9 provide copies of its assessment to the Department of 10 Environmental Protection and the respective water 11 management districts; requiring the water management 12 districts, in collaboration with the coastal counties, 13 to submit certain projects to the department based on 14 the assessments by a specified date; requiring the 15 department to update the comprehensive statewide flood 16 vulnerability and sea level rise data set and make 17 certain information received from the saltwater 18 intrusion vulnerability assessments available on its 19 website; requiring the department to provide cost 20 share funding up to a specified amount for certain 21 coastal counties; providing an effective date. 22 23 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 24 25 Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subsection (5) of section 26 380.093, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 27 380.093 Resilient Florida Grant Program; comprehensive 28 statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise data set and 29 assessment; Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience 30 Plan; regional resilience entities.— 31 (5) STATEWIDE FLOODING AND SEA LEVEL RISE RESILIENCE PLAN.— 32 (d)1. By September 1, 2021, and each September 1 33 thereafter, counties and municipalities may submit to the 34 department a list of proposed projects that address risks of 35 flooding or sea level rise identified in vulnerability 36 assessments that meet the requirements of subsection (3). A 37 regional resilience entity may also submit such proposed 38 projects to the department on behalf of one or more member 39 counties or municipalities. 40 2. By September 1, 2021, and each September 1 thereafter, 41 each water management district and flood control district may 42 submit to the department a list of any proposed projects that 43 mitigate the risks of flooding or sea level rise on water 44 supplies or water resources of this
thestate and a 45 corresponding evaluation of each project. 46 3. By September 1, 2022, each coastal county in this state 47 shall conduct a vulnerability assessment analyzing the effects 48 of saltwater intrusion on the county’s water supply and the 49 preparedness of the county to respond to such a threat, 50 including water utility infrastructure, wellfield protection, 51 and freshwater supply management. 52 a. Each saltwater intrusion vulnerability assessment must 53 include all of the following information: 54 (I) The county’s primary water utilities. 55 (II) Current maps of the county’s freshwater wellfields and 56 latest saltwater intrusion impact lines. 57 (III) Projections of saltwater intrusion over the next 58 decade, including specific wells that may be impacted during 59 that timeframe. 60 (IV) An analysis of the costs necessary to relocate 61 freshwater wellfields that are anticipated to be impacted, 62 including current projects that are underway to relocate the 63 freshwater wellfields. 64 b. Each coastal county shall provide the department and the 65 respective water management districts with a copy of the 66 county’s saltwater intrusion vulnerability assessment. The 67 department shall use the information to update its comprehensive 68 statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise data set under 69 subsection (4). The water management districts shall, in 70 collaboration with their coastal counties, use the information 71 detailed in the assessments to submit projects to the department 72 pursuant to subparagraph 2. 73 c. The department shall make the vulnerability assessment 74 information it receives from coastal counties pursuant to this 75 subparagraph accessible to the public on the department’s 76 website. 77 d. For coastal counties with populations of 200,000 or 78 less, the department shall provide 50 percent cost-share 79 funding, up to $150,000, for each county’s saltwater intrusion 80 vulnerability assessment. 81 4. Each project submitted to the department by a county, 82 municipality, regional resilience entity, water management 83 district, or flood control district for consideration by the 84 department for inclusion in the plan must include: 85 a. A description of the project. 86 b. The location of the project. 87 c. An estimate of how long the project will take to 88 complete. 89 d. An estimate of the cost of the project. 90 e. The cost-share percentage available for the project. 91 f. The project sponsor. 92 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.