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Gov. DeSantis Announces New Legislation to Protect Florida's Waters

The proposed legislation would allow them to do inspections on the front end to try to avoid future problems.

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    Gov. DeSantis Announces New Legislation to Protect Florida's Waters
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    FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 07: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces that he wants to raise the minimum starting salary for teachers during a press conference held at Bayview Elementary School on October 07, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Governor’s proposed 2020 budget recommendation will include a pay raise for more than 101,000 teachers in Florida by raising the minimum salary to $47,500. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Jupiter Wednesday morning to announce new plans to keep Florida's water clean, which is based on recommendations from the state’s blue green algae task force.

    NBC affiliate WPTV-TV reports the new legislation outlines the inspection, maintenance and replacement plans for waste water systems. Current law only allows officials to intervene once a spill occurs.

    The proposed legislation would allow them to do inspections on the front end to try to avoid future problems.

    It would also regulate biosolids, only allowing them to be applied to specific land that is high and dry enough to prevent them from seeping into waterways.

    “We want to have an effective system in place to deal with these issues and I think as some of the speakers have said some of what we’ve been doing has been stuck we haven’t really made improvements so this gives us an opportunity to make those improvements,” said DeSantis.

    The legislation would also transfer authority to oversee septic tank inspections from the Department of Health to the Department of Environmental Protection. That will allow inspections to also account for environmental concerns, the governor says.

    The new laws would require DEP to coordinate with top academic institutions to send the most updated research to the Department of Agriculture when it comes to runoff and would also regulate storm water systems.

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