Florida Senate - 2022                              CS for SB 882
       By the Committee on Community Affairs; and Senator Brodeur
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to inventories of critical wetlands;
    3         amending s. 373.036, F.S.; requiring each water
    4         management district governing board, in cooperation
    5         with local governments, to develop a list of critical
    6         wetlands for acquisition using funds from the Land
    7         Acquisition Trust Fund; requiring the boards to
    8         consider certain criteria when including wetlands on
    9         the list; providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Present paragraph (e) of subsection (2) of
   14  section 373.036, Florida Statutes, is redesignated as paragraph
   15  (f), a new paragraph (e) is added to that subsection, and
   16  present paragraph (e) of that subsection and paragraph (b) of
   17  subsection (7) of that section are amended, to read:
   18         373.036 Florida water plan; district water management
   19  plans.—
   21         (e) As part of the district water management plan, each
   22  governing board, in cooperation with local governments, shall
   23  develop a list of critical wetlands to be acquired using funds
   24  from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund. The governing boards shall
   25  consider all of the following criteria in designating a wetland
   26  for inclusion on the list:
   27         1. The ecological value of the wetland, as determined by
   28  the physical and biological components of the environmental
   29  system.
   30         2. The effect of the wetland on water quality and flood
   31  mitigation.
   32         3. The ecosystem restoration value of the wetland.
   33         4. The inherent susceptibility of the wetland to
   34  development due to its geographical location or natural
   35  aesthetics.
   36         (f)(e) At its option, a governing board may substitute an
   37  annual strategic plan for the requirement to develop a district
   38  water management plan and the district water management plan
   39  annual report required by subparagraph (7)(b)1., provided that
   40  nothing herein affects any other provision or requirement of law
   41  concerning the completion of the regional water supply plan and
   42  the strategic plan meets the following minimum requirements:
   43         1. The strategic plan establishes the water management
   44  district’s strategic priorities for at least a future 5-year
   45  period.
   46         2. The strategic plan identifies the goals, strategies,
   47  success indicators, funding sources, deliverables, and
   48  milestones to accomplish the strategic priorities.
   49         3. The strategic plan development process includes at least
   50  one publicly noticed meeting to allow public participation in
   51  its development.
   52         4. The strategic plan includes separately, as an addendum,
   53  an annual work plan report on the implementation of the
   54  strategic plan for the previous fiscal year, addressing success
   55  indicators, deliverables, and milestones.
   56         5. The strategic plan includes a list of critical wetlands
   57  to be acquired using funds from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund,
   58  pursuant to paragraph (e).
   60         (b) The consolidated annual report shall contain the
   61  following elements, as appropriate to that water management
   62  district:
   63         1. A district water management plan annual report or the
   64  annual work plan report allowed in subparagraph (2)(f)4.
   65  (2)(e)4.
   66         2. The department-approved minimum flows and minimum water
   67  levels annual priority list and schedule required by s.
   68  373.042(3).
   69         3. The annual 5-year capital improvements plan required by
   70  s. 373.536(6)(a)3.
   71         4. The alternative water supplies annual report required by
   72  s. 373.707(8)(n).
   73         5. The final annual 5-year water resource development work
   74  program required by s. 373.536(6)(a)4.
   75         6. The Florida Forever Water Management District Work Plan
   76  annual report required by s. 373.199(7).
   77         7. The mitigation donation annual report required by s.
   78  373.414(1)(b)2.
   79         8. Information on all projects related to water quality or
   80  water quantity as part of a 5-year work program, including:
   81         a. A list of all specific projects identified to implement
   82  a basin management action plan, including any projects to
   83  connect onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems to central
   84  sewerage systems and convert onsite sewage treatment and
   85  disposal systems to enhanced nutrient-reducing onsite sewage
   86  treatment and disposal systems, or a recovery or prevention
   87  strategy;
   88         b. A priority ranking for each listed project for which
   89  state funding through the water resources development work
   90  program is requested, which must be made available to the public
   91  for comment at least 30 days before submission of the
   92  consolidated annual report;
   93         c. The estimated cost for each listed project;
   94         d. The estimated completion date for each listed project;
   95         e. The source and amount of financial assistance to be made
   96  available by the department, a water management district, or
   97  other entity for each listed project; and
   98         f. A quantitative estimate of each listed project’s benefit
   99  to the watershed, water body, or water segment in which it is
  100  located.
  101         9. A grade for each watershed, water body, or water segment
  102  in which a project listed under subparagraph 8. is located
  103  representing the level of impairment and violations of adopted
  104  minimum flow or minimum water levels. The grading system must
  105  reflect the severity of the impairment of the watershed, water
  106  body, or water segment.
  107         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.