Florida Senate - 2012 CS for SB 1858 By the Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation; and Senator Altman 592-02642-12 20121858c1 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; providing a methodology 7 for such determination; providing for regulation of 8 such lands for the duration of the agreement and after 9 its expiration; providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 373.4591, Florida Statutes, is created 14 to read: 15 373.4591 Improvements on private agricultural lands.—The 16 Legislature encourages public-private partnerships to accomplish 17 water storage and water quality improvements on private 18 agricultural lands. When an agreement is entered into between a 19 water management district or the department and a private 20 landowner to establish such a partnership, a baseline condition 21 determining the extent of wetlands and other surface waters on 22 the property shall be established and documented in the 23 agreement before improvements are constructed. The determination 24 for the baseline condition shall be conducted using the methods 25 set forth in the rules adopted pursuant to s. 373.421. The 26 baseline condition documented in the agreement shall be 27 considered the extent of wetlands and other surface waters on 28 the property for the purpose of regulation under this chapter 29 for the duration of the agreement and after its expiration. 30 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.