HB 7005/SB 552 is the leadership’s version of the 2016 Water Legislation. The House and Senate bills are identical. Requires FDEP to form working groups composed of stakeholders within certain springshed who are responsible for preparing scientific information on nutrients, public education plans and projects to reduce nutrient impacts in all spring areas where sewage treatment and disposal systems represent a source of excess nitrate-nitrite that must be controlled to meet TMDLs; authorizes FDEP to award funds for certain septic tank issues contingent on an appropriation. Does NOT provide for a statewide water commission or additional limitations on local government concerning nutrient loadings from septic tanks.
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