A New Bill Could Actually Protect Florida Springs
The push to protect Florida's natural springs has once again reached the state Senate. A group of bipartisan legislators is proposing a bill that would improve surface water conditions around the state.
There are a few laws already in place to protect the springs in the State of Florida, but some lawmakers say those laws aren't being enforced. So, they're coming up with a new law.
Senator Charlie Dean of Inverness is one of five Florida Senators working on this bill with the main goal to keep our springs beautiful. In the most recent draft of the bill, Senators wrote to minimize fertilizer waste into the springs and mandate the flows and levels of the water. Senator Dean says they will start small and eventually help all of Florida's springs.
Charlie dean said, "the issues that are doable now with limited funding and move forward and help those springs that are most desperate which will take the least amount of support, get them done firs, get them moving."
Bob Knight with the Florida Springs Institute said, "there will be a bill filed, there are 5 very strong Senators in the Florida Senate saying they support this bill in concept right now. But I think there's going to be a real outcry from the regulated interest that are going to be opposed to this bill."
Since the bill is in the beginning stages, the sponsors don't have a financial plan. Senator Rob Bradley, a proponent for the bill, says they are taking their time to make sure this bill is different than the others and that it works. He said, "this is not going to be a one year fix, what we're going to do in Tallahassee is going to have a permanent effect on the health of our springs and our water."
The group of senators will continue working on the details of the bill, but they say it won't be filed until close to the start of the next senate session.
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