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Saturday, March 08, 2008

FWC - News from 2008 Legislative Session

Published March 7, 2008
HB 31 and SB 2078 create the Florida Springs Stewardship Task Force to inventory and collect data on all first magnitude springs in Florida, examine land uses in the surrounding areas and determine best management practices (BMPs) for those land uses, identify funding sources to assist implementation of BMPs and water pollutants, propose a public education and outreach program, and report findings to the Legislature; the Task Force is scheduled for sunset, January 2009.

SB 2394 creates the "Florida Springs Protection Act" and provides legislative findings and intent with respect to the need to protect and restore springs and groundwater. HB 31 is referred to House Committee on Conservation and State Lands; Environment and Natural Resources Council.

SB 2078 has been referred to Environmental Preservation and Conservation, Community Affairs, and General Government Appropriations. SB 2394 has not been referred.
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