Florida Senate - 2020 SB 690 By Senator Albritton 26-00888-20 2020690__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to water resources; providing 3 legislative intent; creating s. 403.9339, F.S.; 4 requiring the Department of Environmental Protection 5 to conduct a comprehensive and quantitative needs 6 based overview of this state’s water resources; 7 specifying requirements for the overview; requiring 8 the department to submit a report every 5 years to the 9 Governor and the Legislature by a specified date; 10 providing an effective date. 11 12 WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that water constitutes a 13 public resource benefitting the entire state, and 14 WHEREAS, water is an essential element to this state’s 15 current and future growth, sustainability, and environmental 16 health, and 17 WHEREAS, a needs-based water assessment is vital to 18 successfully plan for this state’s current and future population 19 growth, and infrastructural and environmental needs, NOW, 20 THEREFORE, 21 22 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 23 24 Section 1. It is the intent of the Legislature that the 25 Department of Environmental Protection interpret this act, to 26 the maximum extent practicable, in a manner that provides the 27 Legislature with a comprehensive overview of this state’s water 28 infrastructure funding needs, including, but not limited to, its 29 residential, commercial, environmental, agricultural, and 30 industrial needs. The department shall coordinate, to the 31 maximum extent practicable, with private and public sector 32 entities to produce the report required under s. 403.9339, 33 Florida Statutes. The department may use any source of 34 information it deems reasonably reliable as long as the source 35 is identified in the report. 36 Section 2. Section 403.9339, Florida Statutes, is created 37 to read: 38 403.9339 Comprehensive overview of statewide water 39 resources report.— 40 (1) The department shall conduct a comprehensive and 41 quantitative needs-based overview of this state’s water 42 resources. 43 (2) To determine the level of need, the overview must 44 include, but is not limited to, all of the following: 45 (a) The funds necessary for the infrastructure’s capacity 46 to meet current and future demands. 47 (b) The funds necessary to provide for the infrastructure’s 48 existing and near-future physical condition and to provide 49 expected levels of service and protection to the public safety. 50 (c) The funds necessary for the infrastructure to be 51 operated and maintained in compliance with federal, state, and 52 local government regulations. 53 (d) The funds necessary for the infrastructure to be able 54 to prevent or protect against significant multi-hazard threats 55 and incidents, and its ability to quickly return to a pre-hazard 56 or pre-threat level of service. 57 (e) The replacement costs for infrastructure that is 58 nearing, at, or exceeding its estimated service life. 59 (f) The costs of compliance with legislative intent that 60 sufficient water be available for all existing and future 61 reasonable-beneficial uses and for natural systems, and that 62 adverse effects of competition for water supplies be avoided. 63 (g) The infrastructure needs and funds necessary to 64 protect, restore, and enhance this state’s water. 65 (h) The infrastructure, including stormwater systems, needs 66 and funds necessary to provide for adequate flood protection. 67 (3) The overview must be based on a short-term, 5-year 68 planning period and a long-term, 20-year planning period and 69 must include, but need not be limited to, all of the following: 70 (a) Water supply infrastructure, including, at a minimum, 71 water supply development projects, water resource development 72 projects, and water conservation. 73 (b) Water quality protection and restoration, including, at 74 a minimum, septic system conversion, basin management action 75 plans under s. 403.067(7)(a), and surface water improvement and 76 management plans under s. 373.453. 77 (c) Wastewater infrastructure. 78 (d) Stormwater infrastructure. 79 (e) Flood control infrastructure. 80 (f) Environmental restoration. 81 (4) The overview must also identify potential funding 82 options to meet the anticipated demand on water resources in 83 this state which are necessary to comply with laws and 84 regulations governing subsection (1), to comply with the 85 Legislature’s intent that sufficient water be available for all 86 existing and future reasonable-beneficial uses and the natural 87 systems, and to avoid adverse effects of competition for water 88 supplies. The overview of funding options may include a review 89 of public and private funding options used in this state, other 90 states, or other countries. 91 (5) Beginning January 1, 2022, and every 5 years 92 thereafter, the department shall submit a report of the findings 93 of the overview to the Governor, the President of the Senate, 94 and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 95 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.