The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee is taking action to improve Florida’s waterways. Committee chair Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, has proposed SB 204 to lawmakers. The bill would spend at least $75 million per year on natural spring projects. The bill also budgets for $50 annually for projects restoring the St. Johns River and other side streams.
A recent article, Water Bills’ Already on the Move in the Senate, discusses why Senator Bradley believes this bill is important to securing Florida’s future.
A Senate panel on Monday cleared a ‘water bill’ aimed at cleaning up some of the state’s waterways.
The Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee OK’d the measure (SB 204) with a unanimous vote. Legislative committees are meeting in the Capitol this week, in advance of the 2018 Legislative Session that starts in January.
The bill, by committee chair Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican, would approve spending at least $75 million a year on springs projects and $50 million annually on projects related to the restoration of the St. Johns River—the longest entirely within Florida—and its tributaries, as well as the Keystone Heights Lake Region.
Bradley said it’s “incredibly important” that the river “remain healthy”: “It really defines the character of so much of our state.”
But, he added, “there’s a limited pie of dollars and we need to figure out where to put them,” he added, referring to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund.