Earlier this week, we were with the Governor in Jupiter as he made his announcement of proposed legislation from the Department of Environmental Protection for the 2020 session. Though not finalized, it expedites water quality improvements throughout Florida by incorporating recommendations of his Blue-Green Algae Task Force.
Because these will be changes in law, and creating law is outside the purview of a Governor, the report focuses on four areas for the Legislature to address: agricultural operations, wastewater treatment plants, septic systems, and stormwater runoff. The task force also made specific recommendations for each focus area, which the Legislature should enact in good faith.
Now Florida's Legislature must act in service to the public and approach this work in an honest and comprehensive manner. Florida can't survive more legislation that only goes halfway, mandating change without funding. Or worse, legislation written by industry henchmen, designed to benefit polluters at the expense of Floridians.