Florida Senate - 2022 CS for SB 1238 By the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources; and Senator Polsky 592-02534-22 20221238c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to saltwater intrusion vulnerability 3 assessments; amending s. 380.093, F.S.; authorizing 4 the Department of Environmental Protection to provide 5 grants for saltwater intrusion vulnerability 6 assessments; specifying the purpose of and 7 requirements for the assessments; requiring the 8 department to update the comprehensive statewide flood 9 vulnerability and sea level rise data set and make 10 certain information received from the saltwater 11 intrusion vulnerability assessments available on its 12 website; requiring the department to provide cost 13 share funding up to a specified amount for awarded 14 grants; providing an effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section 19 380.093, Florida Statutes, is amended, and paragraph (e) is 20 added to that subsection, to read: 21 380.093 Resilient Florida Grant Program; comprehensive 22 statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise data set and 23 assessment; Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience 24 Plan; regional resilience entities.— 25 (3) RESILIENT FLORIDA GRANT PROGRAM.— 26 (b) Subject to appropriation, the department may provide 27 grants to a county or municipality to fund the costs of 28 community resilience planning and necessary data collection for 29 such planning, including comprehensive plan amendments and 30 necessary corresponding analyses that address the requirements 31 of s. 163.3178(2)(f); vulnerability assessments that identify or 32 address risks of flooding and sea level rise; the development of 33 projects, plans, and policies that allow communities to prepare 34 for threats from flooding and sea level rise; saltwater 35 intrusion vulnerability assessments for coastal counties 36 pursuant to paragraph (e); and projects to adapt critical assets 37 to the effects of flooding and sea level rise. 38 (e) Within the Resilient Florida Grant Program, beginning 39 July 1, 2023, the department may provide grants to coastal 40 counties to conduct vulnerability assessments analyzing the 41 effects of saltwater intrusion on the county’s water supply and 42 the preparedness of the county to respond to such a threat, 43 including water utility infrastructure, wellfield protection, 44 and freshwater supply management. 45 1. Each saltwater vulnerability assessment must include all 46 of the following information: 47 a. The county’s primary water utilities. 48 b. Current maps of the county’s freshwater wellfields and 49 latest saltwater intrusion impact lines. 50 c. Projections of saltwater intrusion over the next decade, 51 including specific wells that may be impacted during that 52 timeframe. 53 d. An analysis of the costs necessary to relocate 54 freshwater wellfields that are anticipated to be impacted, 55 including current projects that are underway to relocate the 56 freshwater wellfields. 57 2. The department shall use the information contained 58 within the county’s vulnerability assessment to update its 59 comprehensive statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise 60 data set under subsection (4). 61 3. The department must make any appropriate information 62 from the vulnerability assessment it receives from coastal 63 counties pursuant to this paragraph available to the public on 64 the department’s website. 65 4. The department shall provide 50 percent cost-share 66 funding, up to $250,000, for each grant awarded under this 67 paragraph. A county with a population of 50,000 or less is not 68 required to contribute to the cost share. 69 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.