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.
   23  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.—
   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 the state 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.