Legislative Priorities

RESTORING THE CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER AND THE EVERGLADES

  • The Conservancy supports continuing to prioritize, expedite, and fund the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area.
  • The Conservancy supports the C-43 West Basin Storage Reservoir project to improve water flow to the Caloosahatchee and funding sufficient to complete the project by 2023 or sooner.
  • The Conservancy supports continuing to fund the development and implementation of a water quality treatment component for the C-43 Reservoir by 2023.
  • The Conservancy supports funding the development and implementation of water quality treatment in the Picayune Strand watershed identified by the Picayune Strand Sub-Regional Water Quality Feasibility study.

ADDRESSING THE TOXIC ALGAE BLOOM CRISIS

  • The Conservancy supports implementation of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force’s recommendations to address nutrient pollution sources.
  • The Conservancy supports increased funding for water quality monitoring, flow monitoring, watershed assessment, and the implementation and enforcement of Total Maximum Daily Loads and Basin Management Action Plans.
  • The Conservancy supports reinstatement of the Works of the District permitting program in the Lake Okeechobee, Caloosahatchee, and St. Lucie watersheds to help control pollution at the source.

UPDATING FLORIDA’S STORMWATER CRITERIA

  • The Conservancy supports updating statewide stormwater standards for development to sufficiently protect Florida’s waters. Should the Environmental Resource Permitting stormwater rule update directed by Section 5 of Chapter 2020-150 (SB 712) require legislative ratification, the Conservancy supports legislative ratification of a rule that significantly improves stormwater treatment design standards for development and redevelopment.

PROTECTING LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY

  • The Conservancy opposes any statewide pre-emption policies that would prohibit local governments from implementing environmental protections which are more restrictive than the state’s standards.

MULTI-USE CORRIDOR OF REGIONAL ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE (M-CORES)

  • The Conservancy opposes building new toll roads.
  • The Conservancy supports expanding broadband to rural counties and reallocating funding from M-CORES/FDOT to the appropriate state agency to address this issue.
  • The Conservancy supports multi modal transportation investments.

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