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Florida Legislature Continues To Prioritize State’s Natural Resources

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust thanks Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for continuing to prioritize our state’s natural resources. This year the Legislature:

  • Unanimously passed Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed update to the state’s stormwater rules and design criteria (SB 7040/HB 7053). These new rules were an outcome of the Clean Waterways Act (2020) and set new minimum performance standards and new requirements for the maintenance and operation of stormwater systems.
  • Unanimously passed Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s agency bill (HB 1557/SB 1386) that:
    • Establishes a new aquatic preserve to enhance protections for Florida’s northern coral reef tract
    • Improves the treatment of reclaimed water and strengthens Florida’s resilience planning
    • Creates a new program to review new and innovative enhanced nutrient-reducing septic systems.

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