BioSolids/St. Johns River Upper Basin Watershed (Watch)

BioSolids/St. Johns River Upper Basin Watershed (Watch)

HB 405 (Grall) provides for the implementation of specified regulations, best management practices and alternative technologies for pollutant reduction within the St. Johns River Upper Basin Watershed Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). The bill requires the BMAP to include certain assessments and recommendations and specifies implementation schedules. It directs that nonpoint source best management practices be implemented within the BMAP on an expedited basis. The bill prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection from authorizing the disposal of domestic wastewater biosolids within the St. Johns Upper Basin Watershed unless the applicant can affirmatively demonstrate the nutrients from the biosolids will not add to nutrient loadings in the watershed (Class AA Biosolids marketed and distributed as fertilizer products are exempted). The bill directs the Department of Health to require all entities disposing of septage within the watershed to develop and submit agricultural use plans that limit applications based on nutrient loading consistent with any adopted BMAP. The bill directs the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to develop rules requiring entities within the watershed that land-apply animal manure to develop a conservation plan that limits such application. The bill directs the St. Johns River Water Management District to develop rules providing for a monitoring program for specified nonpoint source dischargers required to monitor water quality. (O’Hara)