Florida Senate - 2020 SB 640 By Senator Harrell 25-00849-20 2020640__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Indian River Lagoon State 3 Matching Grant Program; creating s. 373.4594, F.S.; 4 providing that certain projects identified in a 5 specified Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive 6 Conservation and Management Plan are eligible for 7 state funding consideration; directing the Department 8 of Environmental Protection to coordinate with the 9 South Florida Water Management District and the St. 10 Johns River Water Management District to identify 11 projects and grant recipients and to submit an annual 12 report to the Governor, the Legislature, and specified 13 persons; requiring certain county and municipal 14 governments to submit annual reports to the department 15 and appropriate water management districts; providing 16 an effective date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Section 373.4594, Florida Statutes, is created 21 to read: 22 373.4594 Indian River Lagoon State Matching Grant Program.— 23 (1) Projects dedicated to the conservation and management 24 of the Indian River Lagoon are eligible for state funding 25 consideration. The department shall use program funds to provide 26 grants for the following projects identified in the Indian River 27 Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, as 28 updated in 2008: 29 (a) The upgrade of existing facilities that provide 30 advanced waste treatment, as defined in s. 403.086(4). 31 (b) The expansion of existing wastewater treatment 32 facilities to bring services to existing homes and businesses 33 that are not connected to an existing wastewater treatment 34 facility. 35 (c) The connection of onsite sewage treatment and disposal 36 systems to a central sewer system. 37 (2) Each grant shall require a minimum of a 50 percent 38 local match. 39 (3) The department shall coordinate with the South Florida 40 Water Management District and the St. Johns River Water 41 Management District to identify eligible projects and grant 42 recipients for state funding consideration. 43 (4) Beginning January 1, 2021, and each January 1 44 thereafter, the department shall submit a report to the 45 Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House 46 of Representatives, and each state senator and state 47 representative for the areas in the Indian River Lagoon 48 Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan regarding the 49 projects proposed for state funding consideration and the 50 projects receiving state funding under this section. The report 51 must include: 52 (a) The projects identified for state funding 53 consideration, including, at a minimum: 54 1. A priority ranking based on the most cost-effective 55 pollutant reduction projects for each listed project that will 56 be ready to proceed in the upcoming fiscal year. 57 2. The estimated cost of each listed project. 58 3. The estimated completion date of each listed project. 59 4. The source and amount of financial assistance to be 60 provided by county or municipal governments, water management 61 districts, or other entities for each listed project. 62 (b) The implementation status of each project receiving 63 state funding under this section. 64 (5) The county or municipal government shall annually 65 submit a status report on each project receiving state funding 66 under this section to the department and to the appropriate 67 water management district for inclusion in the consolidated 68 water management district annual report required by s. 69 373.036(7). 70 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.