In February, FAC announced the creation of a Water Policy Committee comprised of 38 county commissioners from across the state. The committee will serve as the Association’s voice when addressing water related policy concerns and provide a structure for the organization to recommend solutions. To view a list of who was selected to be on the Water Policy Committee by the FAC President, click here.

 

The committee, created with a mission for counties and set policy priorities on the local, state and federal level, will take the lead in working with the state and Governor Ron DeSantis who signed Executive Order 19-12 shortly after taking office, which emphasizes the need to engage local government officials to help protect Florida’s vulnerable coastline and natural resources. 

 

Recognizing counties growing concern for this issues, FAC include a Water Policy & Strategy Series program as part of there 2018 Legislative Conference. Topics included an overview, septic to sewer conversations, red tide, and funding. Click here to view PowerPoint presentations from the program. 

 

As recommended by the Federal Committee and approved by the whole membership at Legislative Conference in November 2017, the Association takes the following stance regarding water at the national level:

 

SUPPORT bi-annual passage of the Water Resources Development Act that authorizes Corps of Engineers projects and policies that often have state-wide impacts to Florida, including Everglades restoration, port and inlet construction, and beach nourishment projects.
SUPPORT restoration of congressionally directed spending. Without its congressionally-directed spending authority for Army Corps appropriations, the Congress is completely reliant on funding in the President’s budget, with no means of providing appropriations to plus up underfunded or omitted projects.
SUPPORT the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA), which bans oil and gas leasing within 125 miles off Florida’s Gulf Coast until 2022.
SUPPORT keeping Florida’s east coast free from offshore drilling and maintaining the Department of Interior’s commitment to remove Florida from consideration in the next draft of the proposed leasing plan.
OPPOSE any legislation that moves the ban to an earlier date
SUPPORT adequate funding for the following program areas:
  • Corps of Engineers funds: Everglades restoration, port and inlet construction and maintenance, and beach nourishment

 

The Growth Management, Agriculture, Transportation, & Environment Committee (GATE) adopted the following language to FAC's Guiding Principals regarding water at the 2017 Legislative Conference: 
 
"Increased demands on Florida’s water supply are forcing many diverse interests to work with county government to plan the future of water policy in Florida. In an effort to achieve the best possible result, county government should continue to expand partnerships with the agricultural community, urban water users, regional government agencies, and environmental organizations to encourage water conservation, water resource, and water supply development projects. The primary goal of such water resource planning efforts should be ensuring resource availability for all reasonable beneficial uses, consistent with the protection of water and related natural resources."
 
To view the Associations stance on specific statewide water issues recommended by the GATE committee, please click here. Underline signifies potential adoption pending approval at the 2018 Legislative Conference in November.