Regarding Springs Protection
This is from an article by Halifax Media Group. This Republican representative from our neighboring county has got the picture and is pressing forward with meaningful rules changes for springs protection. As usual the objectors are lining up, but Simmons’ remarks from someone other than a bleeding heart Liberal are worth heeding.
Simmons has drafted but not filed a bill that would identify “outstanding” Florida springs that the state and water management districts have to protect. The bill, in its first draft, would tie not just water quantity but water quality to consumptive-use permitting.
Districts could not issue new permits that reduce the flow of a spring or affect a spring polluted by nitrates. Tougher fertilizer regulations and wastewater treatment plant upgrades would be required.
On lots one acre or smaller, homes on septic would, at no cost to a residential homeowner, have to hook up to municipal sewage.
The first draft of Simmons’ bill was circulated for comments and received a letter of objection signed by 30 organizations over costs and other issues. The organizations included the Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Manufacturers Association of Florida and the Florida Rural Water Association.
Simmons said a second draft is being prepared.
“If we don’t do it now, I think we will be so far behind, it will be many generations before we catch up, and it will be a lot of economic pain on all of us,” Simmons said.
“People come to Florida because of our pristine water. And if someone would suggest to you we are not degrading that water now, I would suggest that person needs a reality check.”
NO WATER - NO JOBS
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