Florida Senator Debbie Mayfield Files Bill To Support Indian River Lagoon Conservation Plan
By Space Coast Daily // December 17, 2017
Lagoon provides over $7 billion in revenue
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Senator Debbie Mayfield (R-Melbourne) has filed Senate Bill 786, which annually allocates $50 million from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund for projects dedicated to the Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.
“The Indian River Lagoon is one of the most valued economic and environmental assets in Florida,” said Mayfield.
“It provides over $7 billion dollars in revenue and inhabits approximately 4,000 different species. I am proud to work alongside Representative Harrell (R-Stuart) in passing this good bill to help save our lagoon.”
SB-786 will require funds to be made available through DEP and coordinated with both the St. Johns River Water Management District and South Florida Water Management District.
Preference shall be given to projects focusing on ecosystem monitoring and habitat restoration, septic to sewer conversions, and management of storm water, freshwater, and agricultural discharges.
All grants for septic to sewer conversions and discharge management require a minimum of 50% percent local match in funds.
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