Florida Senate - 2015                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. PCS (279658) for CS for SB 918
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/22/2015           .                                

       The Committee on Appropriations (Hays) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 3002 - 3187
    4  and insert:
    5  Statutes, is amended to read:
    6         373.703 Water production; general powers and duties.—In the
    7  performance of, and in conjunction with, its other powers and
    8  duties, the governing board of a water management district
    9  existing pursuant to this chapter:
   10         (9) May join with one or more other water management
   11  districts, counties, municipalities, special districts, publicly
   12  owned or privately owned water utilities, multijurisdictional
   13  water supply entities, regional water supply authorities,
   14  private landowners, or self-suppliers for the purpose of
   15  carrying out its powers, and may contract with such other
   16  entities to finance acquisitions, construction, operation, and
   17  maintenance, provided that such contracts are consistent with
   18  the public interest. The contract may provide for contributions
   19  to be made by each party to the contract for the division and
   20  apportionment of the expenses of acquisitions, construction,
   21  operation, and maintenance, and for the division and
   22  apportionment of resulting benefits, services, and products. The
   23  contracts may contain other covenants and agreements necessary
   24  and appropriate to accomplish their purposes.
   25         Section 24. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2), subsection
   26  (3), and paragraph (b) of subsection (4) of section 373.705,
   27  Florida Statutes, are amended, and subsection (5) is added to
   28  that section, to read:
   29         373.705 Water resource development; water supply
   30  development.—
   31         (2) It is the intent of the Legislature that:
   32         (b) Water management districts take the lead in identifying
   33  and implementing water resource development projects, and be
   34  responsible for securing necessary funding for regionally
   35  significant water resource development projects, including
   36  regionally significant projects that prevent or limit adverse
   37  water resource impacts, avoid competition among water users, or
   38  support the provision of new water supplies in order to meet a
   39  minimum flow or minimum water level or to implement a recovery
   40  or prevention strategy or water reservation.
   41         (3)(a) The water management districts shall fund and
   42  implement water resource development as defined in s. 373.019.
   43  The water management districts are encouraged to implement water
   44  resource development as expeditiously as possible in areas
   45  subject to regional water supply plans.
   46         (b) Each governing board shall include in its annual budget
   47  submittals required under this chapter:
   48         1. The amount of funds for each project in the annual
   49  funding plan developed pursuant to s. 373.536(6)(a)4.;
   50         2. The total amount needed for the fiscal year to implement
   51  water resource development projects, as prioritized in its
   52  regional water supply plans; and
   53         3.The amount of funds requested for each project submitted
   54  for consideration for state funding pursuant to s. 403.0616.
   55         (4)
   56         (b) Water supply development projects that meet the
   57  criteria in paragraph (a) and that meet one or more of the
   58  following additional criteria shall be given first consideration
   59  for state or water management district funding assistance:
   60         1. The project brings about replacement of existing sources
   61  in order to help implement a minimum flow or minimum water
   62  level; or
   63         2. The project implements reuse that assists in the
   64  elimination of domestic wastewater ocean outfalls as provided in
   65  s. 403.086(9); or
   66         3. The project reduces or eliminates the adverse effects of
   67  competition between legal users and the natural system.
   68         (5) The water management districts shall promote expanded
   69  cost-share criteria for additional conservation practices, such
   70  as soil and moisture sensors and other irrigation improvements,
   71  water-saving equipment and water-saving household fixtures, and
   72  software technologies that can achieve verifiable water
   73  conservation by providing water use information to utility
   74  customers.
   75         Section 25. Paragraph (f) of subsection (3), paragraph (a)
   76  of subsection (6), and paragraph (e) of subsection (8) of
   77  section 373.707, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   78         373.707 Alternative water supply development.—
   79         (3) The primary roles of the water management districts in
   80  water resource development as it relates to supporting
   81  alternative water supply development are:
   82         (f) The provision of technical and financial assistance to
   83  local governments and publicly owned and privately owned water
   84  utilities for alternative water supply projects and for self
   85  suppliers for alternative water supply projects to the extent
   86  assistance for self-suppliers promotes the policies in paragraph
   87  (1)(f).
   88         (6)(a) If state The statewide funds are provided through
   89  specific appropriation for a priority project of the water
   90  resources work program pursuant to s. 403.0616, or pursuant to
   91  the Water Protection and Sustainability Program, such funds
   92  serve to supplement existing water management district or basin
   93  board funding for alternative water supply development
   94  assistance and should not result in a reduction of such funding.
   95  For each project identified in the annual funding plans prepared
   96  pursuant to s. 373.536(6)(a)4. Therefore, the water management
   97  districts shall include in the annual tentative and adopted
   98  budget submittals required under this chapter the amount of
   99  funds allocated for water resource development that supports
  100  alternative water supply development and the funds allocated for
  101  alternative water supply projects selected for inclusion in the
  102  Water Protection and Sustainability Program. It shall be the
  103  goal of each water management district and basin boards that the
  104  combined funds allocated annually for these purposes be, at a
  105  minimum, the equivalent of 100 percent of the state funding
  106  provided to the water management district for alternative water
  107  supply development. If this goal is not achieved, the water
  108  management district shall provide in the budget submittal an
  109  explanation of the reasons or constraints that prevent this goal
  110  from being met, an explanation of how the goal will be met in
  111  future years, and affirmation of match is required during the
  112  budget review process as established under s. 373.536(5). The
  113  Suwannee River Water Management District and the Northwest
  114  Florida Water Management District shall not be required to meet
  115  the match requirements of this paragraph; however, they shall
  116  try to achieve the match requirement to the greatest extent
  117  practicable.
  118         (8)
  119         (e) Applicants for projects that may receive funding
  120  assistance pursuant to the Water Protection and Sustainability
  121  Program shall, at a minimum, be required to pay 60 percent of
  122  the project’s construction costs. The water management districts
  123  may, at their discretion, totally or partially waive this
  124  requirement for projects sponsored by:
  125         1. Financially disadvantaged small local governments as
  126  defined in former s. 403.885(5); or
  127         2. Water users for projects determined by a water
  128  management district governing board to be in the public interest
  129  pursuant to paragraph (1)(f), if the projects are not otherwise
  130  financially feasible.
  132  The water management districts or basin boards may, at their
  133  discretion, use ad valorem or federal revenues to assist a
  134  project applicant in meeting the requirements of this paragraph.
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  137  And the title is amended as follows:
  138         Delete lines 133 - 149
  139  and insert:
  140         for the purpose of carrying out its powers; amending
  141         s. 373.705, F.S.; revising legislative intent;
  142         requiring water management district governing boards
  143         to include certain information in their annual budget
  144         submittals; requiring water management districts to
  145         promote expanded cost-share criteria for additional
  146         conservation practices; amending s. 373.707, F.S.;
  147         authorizing water management districts to provide
  148         technical and financial assistance to certain self
  149         suppliers and to waive certain construction costs of
  150         alternative water supply development projects
  151         sponsored by certain water users; amending s.