Plus FL SB 712 still doesn’t fund or implement regular, frequent, water quality monitoring from the state line to the Gulf, like Valdosta, GA, is doing three times weekly on 40 miles of the Withlacoochee River to the state line.
Jen Lomberk, Orlando Sentinel, 1 July 2020,
Clean Waterways Act won’t fix water quality,
Orlando Sentinel screenshot
Gov. Ron DeSantis just signed into law SB 712 — the
self-proclaimed “Clean Waterways Act” — an
ambitious misnomer for a bill that claims to be the solution to our
mounting water quality issues, but falls far short of that mark.
This bill has been praised by its supporters (”Sen. Mayfield:
Clean Waterways Act would be major step forward,” June 30
online) as one of the most environmentally progressive pieces of
legislation in over a decade. But looking back at the cuts and
rollbacks that our environmental regulations were subjected to under
the last state administration, that really isn’t saying much. Jen
Lomberk Jen Lomberk (Courtesy photo)
At 111 pages, the bill largely pays lip service to most of Florida’s
major sources of pollution, but lacks the specificity and
enforceability to actually solve any of the problems.
Proponents of the bill claim that it implements recommendations of
the Blue Green Algae Task Force, but even those common sense, albeit
vague recommendations will not be nearly achieved through the
implementation of SB 712. For example, the Task Force recommended
that projected changes in demographics, land use, and hydrology
should be incorporated into the BMAP process.
Think about it. We have 1,000 people moving to our state every day.
That means that over the 20-year life of a BMAP, millions of people
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