FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dr. Robert Palmer
July 6, 2015
GAINESVILLE, FL – On July 7, 2015, the Florida Springs Council sent a letter to DEP Deputy Secretary for Water Policy, Drew Bartlett, requesting that the State make several changes to the selection process for springs protection and restoration projects. The letter requests that the State’s prioritization of projects be transparent and that the enforcement of cost-sharing requirements be more consistent between the State-run Water Management Districts and water users. The Council noted that last year’s projects heavily favored granting subsidies to water users that are largely responsible for the depletion and pollution of Florida’s water supply, and recommended that projects be compared to each other as well as additional policy options with long-term springs restoration in mind (e.g., dialing back existing permits, charging moderate water use fees, or mandating fertilizer restrictions). The Council also recommended several new funding approaches to ensure meaningful springs protection and restoration.
The full text of the Council’s letter can be viewed below.
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