Water Policy Bill Passes Senate

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Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement on Passage of Senate Water Policy Bill

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement today regarding the Florida Senate’s passage of a key water policy bill that will help protect and manage Florida’s water resources:

“This session, we have an opportunity to pass meaningful water policy reform that will help meet the needs of our growing population and thriving economy, while protecting our most precious natural resources. This proposed legislation is a much-needed step forward that accounts for a long-term, science-based and strategic approach to protecting our water.

“I thank the Senate for the passage of this key legislation. Also, I thank Senator Dean and Representative Caldwell for their support of legislation that will help us achieve Florida’s current and future water needs. Senate President Gardiner and Speaker Crisafulli have demonstrated great leadership in helping to secure a healthy and abundant supply of water for Florida’s future.”

To help protect and manage Florida’s precious water resources, this legislation, among other things: enhances the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Best Management Practices program, which implements cutting edge-technology and innovative practices to help preserve and protect Florida’s water resources; expedites the protection and restoration of the water flow and water quality in our aquifer and Outstanding Florida Springs; ensures the development and implementation of uniform water supply planning, consumptive water use permitting and resources protection programs for the area within the Central Florida Water Initiative; and modifies water supply and resource planning to provide more robust representations of the state’s water needs and goals.

For more information on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit FreshFromFlorida.com.