This week, the Senate Select Committee issued its Draft Report and Recommendations, and then deliberated and revised the recommendations in committee.  The Final Report includes funding recommendations of over $220 million as described below for addressing the water quality and quantity problems in the lake and river basins:

Short Term

$5 million –         Kissimmee River restoration

$5 million –         C-111 Spreader Canal project

$4 million –         Land/Ocean Biogeochemical Observatory monitoring units and Kilroy devices

$3 million –         Dispersed Water Management Program (Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program)

$3 million -          BMP Program (Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services)

Funding -             Pump station upgrades to move water south (in addition to $2.7 million from LBC)

$2 million -          Picayune Strand Project (including Site 1 Impoundment and Lagoon South projects)

$1 million -          Support for oyster populations and seagrass beds ($500,000 each estuary)

$15 million -        C-43 Wet Basin Storage Reservoir

$2.07 million –   restoration of Lake Worth Lagoon

$20 million –       Muck removal (northern and central Indian River Lagoon)

A deviation in the regulation schedule for Lake Kissimmee, allowing the lake to reach full capacity a month earlier in October.

Congressional assistance in legislation or rulemaking to revise the regulation schedule and reassess risk management for releases from Lake Okeechobee. 

Establish an advisory board based at a state university to evaluate new technologies and proposals to reduce nutrient pollution.

Further evaluation to reduce the impacts from septic tanks.

Long Term 

$90 million -        Tamiami Trail bridge project

$40 million -        C-44 Reservoir and storage treatment areas (state share)

$32 million -        Water Quality Restoration Strategies (2nd phase of Long Term Plan to Achieve Water Quality Goals)

Congressional support for WRDA bill in Washington D.C., and work to complete implementation of the Central Everglades Planning Project.

Amendment of ACOE operational jurisdiction to grant authority to DEP when the dike failure risk is less than 10%. 

Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee, along with SFWMD and ACOE, to continue to address potential of any project to eliminate discharges to estuaries.   

For a complete copy of the Committee’s Final Report, see the following link: 

http://www.flsenate.gov/PublishedContent/Committees/2012-2014/SIRO/MeetingRecords/MeetingPacket_2372.pdf