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The 2009 Florida Statutes

Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 403
ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
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Section 403.890, Florida Statutes 2009

403.890  Water Protection and Sustainability Program; intent; goals; purposes.--

(1)  Effective July 1, 2006, revenues transferred from the Department of Revenue pursuant to 1s. 201.15(1)(c)2. shall be deposited into the Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund in the Department of Environmental Protection. These revenues and any other additional revenues deposited into or appropriated to the Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund shall be distributed by the Department of Environmental Protection in the following manner:

(a)  Sixty percent to the Department of Environmental Protection for the implementation of an alternative water supply program as provided in s. 373.1961.

(b)  Twenty percent for the implementation of best management practices and capital project expenditures necessary for the implementation of the goals of the total maximum daily load program established in s. 403.067. Of these funds, 85 percent shall be transferred to the credit of the Department of Environmental Protection Water Quality Assurance Trust Fund to address water quality impacts associated with nonagricultural nonpoint sources. Fifteen percent of these funds shall be transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services General Inspection Trust Fund to address water quality impacts associated with agricultural nonpoint sources. These funds shall be used for research, development, demonstration, and implementation of the total maximum daily load program under s. 403.067, suitable best management practices or other measures used to achieve water quality standards in surface waters and water segments identified pursuant to s. 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, Pub. L. No. 92-500, 33 U.S.C. ss. 1251 et seq. Implementation of best management practices and other measures may include cost-share grants, technical assistance, implementation tracking, and conservation leases or other agreements for water quality improvement. The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services may adopt rules governing the distribution of funds for implementation of capital projects, best management practices, and other measures. These funds shall not be used to abrogate the financial responsibility of those point and nonpoint sources that have contributed to the degradation of water or land areas. Increased priority shall be given by the department and the water management district governing boards to those projects that have secured a cost-sharing agreement allocating responsibility for the cleanup of point and nonpoint sources.

(c)  Ten percent shall be disbursed for the purposes of funding projects pursuant to ss. 373.451-373.459 or surface water restoration activities in water-management-district-designated priority water bodies. The Secretary of Environmental Protection shall ensure that each water management district receives the following percentage of funds annually:

1.  Thirty-five percent to the South Florida Water Management District;

2.  Twenty-five percent to the Southwest Florida Water Management District;

3.  Twenty-five percent to the St. Johns River Water Management District;

4.  Seven and one-half percent to the Suwannee River Water Management District; and

5.  Seven and one-half percent to the Northwest Florida Water Management District.

(d)  Ten percent to the Department of Environmental Protection for the Disadvantaged Small Community Wastewater Grant Program as provided in s. 403.1838.

(2)  Applicable beginning in the 2007-2008 fiscal year, revenues transferred from the Department of Revenue pursuant to 1s. 201.15(1)(c)2. shall be deposited into the Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund in the Department of Environmental Protection. These revenues and any other additional revenues deposited into or appropriated to the Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund shall be distributed by the Department of Environmental Protection in the following manner:

(a)  Sixty-five percent to the Department of Environmental Protection for the implementation of an alternative water supply program as provided in s. 373.1961.

(b)  Twenty-two and five-tenths percent for the implementation of best management practices and capital project expenditures necessary for the implementation of the goals of the total maximum daily load program established in s. 403.067. Of these funds, 83.33 percent shall be transferred to the credit of the Department of Environmental Protection Water Quality Assurance Trust Fund to address water quality impacts associated with nonagricultural nonpoint sources. Sixteen and sixty-seven hundredths percent of these funds shall be transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services General Inspection Trust Fund to address water quality impacts associated with agricultural nonpoint sources. These funds shall be used for research, development, demonstration, and implementation of the total maximum daily load program under s. 403.067, suitable best management practices or other measures used to achieve water quality standards in surface waters and water segments identified pursuant to s. 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, Pub. L. No. 92-500, 33 U.S.C. ss. 1251 et seq. Implementation of best management practices and other measures may include cost-share grants, technical assistance, implementation tracking, and conservation leases or other agreements for water quality improvement. The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services may adopt rules governing the distribution of funds for implementation of capital projects, best management practices, and other measures. These funds shall not be used to abrogate the financial responsibility of those point and nonpoint sources that have contributed to the degradation of water or land areas. Increased priority shall be given by the department and the water management district governing boards to those projects that have secured a cost-sharing agreement allocating responsibility for the cleanup of point and nonpoint sources.

(c)  Twelve and five-tenths percent to the Department of Environmental Protection for the Disadvantaged Small Community Wastewater Grant Program as provided in s. 403.1838.

(d)  On June 30, 2009, and every 24 months thereafter, the Department of Environmental Protection shall request the return of all unencumbered funds distributed pursuant to this section. These funds shall be deposited into the Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund and redistributed pursuant to the provisions of this section.

(3)  For the 2008-2009 fiscal year only, moneys in the Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund shall be transferred to the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund for grants and aids to local governments for water projects as provided in the General Appropriations Act. This subsection expires July 1, 2009.

(4)  For fiscal year 2005-2006, funds deposited or appropriated into the Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund shall be distributed as follows:

(a)  One hundred million dollars to the Department of Environmental Protection for the implementation of an alternative water supply program as provided in s. 373.1961.

(b)  Funds remaining after the distribution provided for in subsection (1) shall be distributed as follows:

1.  Fifty percent for the implementation of best management practices and capital project expenditures necessary for the implementation of the goals of the total maximum daily load program established in s. 403.067. Of these funds, 85 percent shall be transferred to the credit of the Department of Environmental Protection Water Quality Assurance Trust Fund to address water quality impacts associated with nonagricultural nonpoint sources. Fifteen percent of these funds shall be transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services General Inspection Trust Fund to address water quality impacts associated with agricultural nonpoint sources. These funds shall be used for research, development, demonstration, and implementation of suitable best management practices or other measures used to achieve water quality standards in surface waters and water segments identified pursuant to s. 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, Pub. L. No. 92-500, 33 U.S.C. ss. 1251 et seq. Implementation of best management practices and other measures may include cost-share grants, technical assistance, implementation tracking, and conservation leases or other agreements for water quality improvement. The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services may adopt rules governing the distribution of funds for implementation of best management practices. These funds shall not be used to abrogate the financial responsibility of those point and nonpoint sources that have contributed to the degradation of water or land areas. Increased priority shall be given by the department and the water management district governing boards to those projects that have secured a cost-sharing agreement allocating responsibility for the cleanup of point and nonpoint sources.

2.  Twenty-five percent for the purposes of funding projects pursuant to ss. 373.451-373.459 or surface water restoration activities in water-management-district-designated priority water bodies. The Secretary of Environmental Protection shall ensure that each water management district receives the following percentage of funds annually:

a.  Thirty-five percent to the South Florida Water Management District;

b.  Twenty-five percent to the Southwest Florida Water Management District;

c.  Twenty-five percent to the St. Johns River Water Management District;

d.  Seven and one-half percent to the Suwannee River Water Management District; and

e.  Seven and one-half percent to the Northwest Florida Water Management District.

3.  Twenty-five percent to the Department of Environmental Protection for the Disadvantaged Small Community Wastewater Grant Program as provided in s. 403.1838.

Prior to the end of the 2008 Regular Session, the Legislature must review the distribution of funds under the Water Protection and Sustainability Program to determine if revisions to the funding formula are required. At the discretion of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the appropriate substantive committees of the Legislature may conduct an interim project to review the Water Protection and Sustainability Program and the funding formula and make written recommendations to the Legislature proposing necessary changes, if any.

(5)  For the 2009-2010 fiscal year only, funds shall be distributed as follows:

(a)  Thirty-one and twenty-one hundredths percent to the Department of Environmental Protection for the implementation of an alternative water supply program as provided in s. 373.1961.

(b)  Twenty-six and eighty-seven hundredths percent for the implementation of best management practices and capital project expenditures necessary for the implementation of the goals of the total maximum daily load program established in s. 403.067. Of these funds, 86 percent shall be transferred to the credit of the Water Quality Assurance Trust Fund of the Department of Environmental Protection to address water quality impacts associated with nonagricultural nonpoint sources. Fourteen percent of these funds shall be transferred to the General Inspection Trust Fund of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to address water quality impacts associated with agricultural nonpoint sources. These funds shall be used for research, development, demonstration, and implementation of the total maximum daily load program under s. 403.067, suitable best management practices, or other measures used to achieve water quality standards in surface waters and water segments identified pursuant to s. 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, Pub. L. No. 92-500, 33 U.S.C. ss. 1251 et seq. Implementation of best management practices and other measures may include cost-share grants, technical assistance, implementation tracking, and conservation leases or other agreements for water quality improvement. The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services may adopt rules governing the distribution of funds for implementation of capital projects, best management practices, and other measures. These funds may not be used to abrogate the financial responsibility of those point and nonpoint sources that have contributed to the degradation of water or land areas. Increased priority shall be given by the department and the water management district governing boards to those projects that have secured a cost-sharing agreement that allocates responsibility for the cleanup of point and nonpoint sources.

(c)  Forty-one and ninety-two hundredths percent to the Department of Environmental Protection for the Disadvantaged Small Community Wastewater Grant Program as provided in s. 403.1838.

This subsection expires July 1, 2010.

History.--s. 17, ch. 2005-291; s. 41, ch. 2007-73; s. 2, ch. 2007-335; s. 108, ch. 2008-4; s. 12, ch. 2008-114; s. 42, ch. 2008-153; s. 8, ch. 2009-2; s. 10, ch. 2009-20; s. 54, ch. 2009-21; s. 3, ch. 2009-23.

1Note.--Repealed by s. 1, ch. 2009-68.

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