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Water Resources (Support)

HB 147 (Jacobs) and SB 690 (Albritton) direct the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to develop a comprehensive and quantitative needs-based overview of the state’s water resources. To determine the level of need, the overview must include an assessment of funds necessary for current and future demands with respect to infrastructure, including amounts necessary to address hazard mitigation, infrastructure replacement costs, future capacity costs, natural resources protection and restoration, and flood protection. The overview must cover short-term (five-year) and long-term (20-year) planning timeframes. In addition, the overview must identify potential funding options to meet anticipated demands. The initial overview must be submitted to the governor and Legislature by January 1, 2022, with subsequent reports due every five years thereafter. (O’Hara)