The Florida departments of Environmental Protection, Agriculture, and Consumer Services, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Citrus have presented their legislative budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year. The requests include funding for agricultural land conservation, water resource protection, Everglades restoration, and citrus industry recovery.
As the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government, Senator Jason Brodeur has played a pivotal role in preserving Florida’s natural habitat. His notable achievements include securing substantial funding for vital water projects and Lake Jesup’s restoration, as well as advocating for significant environmental protection legislation.
The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a final rule revising the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The rule addresses the Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA and determines federal jurisdiction for various Clean Water Act programs.
Hurricane Idalia’s impact on Florida continues to linger, with agricultural losses estimated to be between $79 million and $500 million. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is conducting a preliminary assessment to determine the extent of the damages and losses.
Investing in the expansion of sewers and water infrastructure while addressing the septic tank issue will improve the quality of life and environment in Central Florida, as recommended by Florida TaxWatch. It is crucial to develop a comprehensive plan and secure funding for water-infrastructure projects to prevent future complex and expensive problems related to water quality.
Structural engineers face new challenges in growing the profession and adapting to technological advancements, building code complexities, and environmental impact. They must embrace advancements in materials, sustainability, collaborative tools, and education to shape a more innovative and resilient future for structural engineering.
The Northwest Florida Water Management District is offering grant funding for distributed wastewater projects in order to improve water quality in areas that are not meeting standards. Eligible applicants can receive funding for activities such as feasibility studies, construction, monitoring, and operational costs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a $120 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the City of Fort Lauderdale. This funding will be used to improve stormwater management and enhance climate resilience in flood-prone areas of the city.
3M and DuPont have reached potential Settlement Agreements in a federal product liability class action lawsuit involving Public Water Systems. The settlements could result in billions of dollars being paid out to eligible claimants.
Water supply and wastewater professionals in Florida are facing challenges related to water quantity and quality. With 60% of the state identified as a water use caution area, there is a need for a holistic approach known as One Water.