Legislative Priorities

  • Provide adequate funding for the Office of Agricultural Water Policy in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
  • Within Basin Management Action Plans, support the creation of a nutrient reduction cost-share program to fund cooperative agricultural, urban, suburban, commercial, or institutional water-quality improvement management strategies.
  • Within Basin Management Action Plans, support funding for data collection and research to improve the accuracy of estimated agricultural land uses and, where economically viable and technically feasible, improve agricultural best management practices, develop new practices, and develop nutrient reduction projects for willing agricultural participants.
  • Support additional funding for the continued construction of aquifer storage and recovery wells within the Northern Everglades to reduce estuary discharges from Lake Okeechobee.
  • Support appropriate funding for storage and treatment of water on public lands north of Lake Okeechobee. Public/private partnerships including dispersed water management should be encouraged and funded.
  • Support continued funding for collaborative research to finding implementable solutions to mitigate red tide and blue-green algae.
  • Require proper septic system maintenance for existing systems.
  • Support funding to expedite repairs on the Herbert Hoover dike and encourage the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase water storage in the lake.
  • Support funding for community education programs with incentives for homeowners who implement urban best management practices.