Florida Senate - 2012 SB 1858 By Senator Altman 24-00943-12 20121858__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to water storage and water quality 3 improvements; creating s. 373.4591, F.S.; requiring a 4 specified determination as a condition of an agreement 5 for water storage and water quality improvements on 6 private agricultural lands in the Lake Okeechobee 7 watershed; providing a methodology for such 8 determination; providing for regulation of such lands 9 after expiration of the agreement; providing an 10 effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 373.4591, Florida Statutes, is created 15 to read: 16 373.4591 Improvements on private agricultural lands in the 17 Lake Okeechobee watershed.—The Legislature encourages public 18 private partnerships to accomplish water storage and water 19 quality improvements on private agricultural lands in the Lake 20 Okeechobee watershed. When agreements are entered into to 21 establish such partnerships, a baseline condition determining 22 the extent of wetlands and other surface waters on the property 23 shall be established and documented in the agreement before 24 improvements are constructed. The determination for the baseline 25 condition shall be conducted using the methods set forth in the 26 rules adopted pursuant to s. 373.421. The baseline condition 27 documented in the agreement shall be considered the extent of 28 wetlands and other surface waters on the property for the 29 purpose of regulation under this chapter after the expiration of 30 the agreement. 31 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.