Florida Senate - 2022 SB 834 By Senator Brodeur 9-00759B-22 2022834__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the long-term cleanup of harmful 3 algal blooms; providing a short title; requiring the 4 Department of Environmental Protection to take certain 5 actions to physically remove, reduce, clean up, and 6 respond to harmful algal blooms; requiring the 7 department to give preference to innovative 8 technologies that meet certain standards; providing an 9 effective date. 10 11 WHEREAS, Governor Ron DeSantis created the Blue-Green Algae 12 Task Force in 2019 to “improve water quality for the benefit of 13 all Floridians,” and 14 WHEREAS, the task force and the Department of Environmental 15 Protection are working together to pilot innovative technologies 16 to eliminate the occurrence of harmful algal blooms and to clean 17 water bodies throughout this state, and 18 WHEREAS, the Legislature recognizes that funding is 19 necessary to implement a long-term program to clean water bodies 20 that are high in nitrates and nutrients that foster algal 21 blooms, and 22 WHEREAS, the department is the responsible entity for 23 cleanup of this state’s water bodies to protect the health, 24 safety, and wellness of all residents, NOW, THEREFORE, 25 26 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 27 28 Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Implementation of 29 Long-term Solutions for Cleaning Florida’s Water Bodies Act.” 30 Section 2. Long-term cleanup of harmful algal blooms.— 31 (1) To address the growing threat to the general public 32 from harmful algal blooms, the Department of Environmental 33 Protection shall procure innovative technologies that will 34 physically remove harmful algal blooms, toxins, algae, and 35 nutrients from water bodies in this state; provide resources to 36 reduce harmful algal blooms; provide the best available 37 technology for the long-term cleanup of the harmful algal 38 blooms; and develop a plan for emergency response action. 39 (2) The department shall give preference to innovative 40 technologies that reduce the nitrates and toxins fostering 41 harmful algal blooms, are scalable, and are proven to improve 42 water quality in freshwater bodies. 43 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.