As you know, water is Florida’s lifeblood and efforts are being made to improve water management, water quality, and water supply which will help keep our economy stable and growing.
During the 2016 session, Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) and Rep. Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres) introduced bills enacting comprehensive statewide policies to help prevent a water crisis like the one California is struggling with.
Here’s what is included in both bills:
- Creation of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act. The goal would be to put programs in place that will protect and restore water flow and quality in the aquifer in order to improve conditions at “outstanding Florida Springs.”
- Creation of a set of statewide standards that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in cooperation with water management districts and other regional water supply authorities, should operate by when it comes to collecting and analyzing water supply and quality. This will ensure reliable and valid data and testing results
- Establishment of water flow levels for the state’s natural springs. The DEP will oversee pollution control measures for Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee Estuary and the St. Lucie River and Estuary.