Statement from AIF’s H2O Coalition Regarding the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation’s Passage of SB 918

Tallahassee, Fla. – Associated Industries of Florida’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs Brewster Bevis released the following statement regarding the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation’s passage of SB 918:

“We appreciate the Senate’s commitment to addressing water quality and quantity challenges this session.  We are encouraged by the progress they are making and appreciate that SB 918 has been broadened to address other concerns around the state.  These include restoration efforts in the Northern Everglades as well as the action plan outlined for the Central Florida Water Initiative.

While this bill is moving in the right direction, we have serious reservations about the springs component of the bill, which is based on untested science, adds additional layers of regulations, and provides no real environmental benefits.  We will continue to advocate for a bill that takes these concerns into account and look forward to working with the Senate to improve the bill.”