Advocating for Enhanced Water Quality Funding in Florida
Urgent Appeal to Governor DeSantis for Increased State Support
The Clean Water Coalition (CWC) of Indian River County is intensifying its efforts to secure greater state funding for Florida's water resources. Our focus is on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), a vital ecosystem currently facing significant environmental strain. Despite recent legislative measures, such as HB 1379's mandate for septic system upgrades, the existing state funding is insufficient to meet the vast requirements of water quality improvement.
To effectively address this funding gap, CWC proposes an increase in the millage rates of Florida's Water Management Districts for the fiscal year 2024/2025. This initiative involves a modest rise in property taxes, which we believe is a practical solution to generate essential funds for the restoration and maintenance of water quality.
Financial Strain on Communities:
The IRL requires an estimated $400 million annually for its restoration efforts. This amount significantly surpasses the current state allocation of $100 million, placing a substantial financial strain on counties, cities, and individual property owners, particularly with the septic system conversion mandate under HB 1379.
Call to Action:
CWC urges Governor DeSantis to lead by recommending an increase in the millage rates of water management districts. This step is crucial for fulfilling the requirements of HB 1379 and for tackling the broader issues of water quality in Florida.
The Importance of Action:
This campaign highlights the urgent need for more robust state funding and strategic fiscal planning. It's imperative to safeguard Florida's water resources, like the Indian River Lagoon, ensuring the health of our ecosystems and the well-being of our communities.