Water Management (Watch)

Water Management (Watch)

SB 1506 (Farmer) amends various current law provisions relating to Outstanding Florida Springs, water quality and consumptive use of water. The bill requires the state to reserve, by rule, sufficient water from use by permittees necessary to restore a minimum flow or level of an Outstanding Florida Spring. The bill would also require agricultural producers within specified areas around an Outstanding Florida Spring to implement best management practices necessary to achieve pollutant load reductions. The bill provides for increased accountability and measurement of agricultural best management practices. The bill also revises criteria for receiving priority funding consideration for water projects, to include consideration of whether a project maximizes water conservation. (O’Hara)