Statement from AIF’s H2O Coalition Regarding the Florida House’s Bipartisan Passage of Comprehensive Water Policy

Tallahassee, Fla. – Associated Industries of Florida’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs Brewster Bevis released the following statement regarding the Florida House’s bipartisan passage of HB 7003:

“Today, the Florida House took a giant step forward in adopting a policy that will better prepare Florida for current and future water challenges.  HB 7003 creates sustainable solutions for growing our water supply, provides protections for our springs, and gives water managers additional options so that the regional needs of our state can be better met.

The Coalition appreciates the hard work of Representative Matt Caldwell and especially House Speaker Steve Crisafulli.  Under this Speaker’s leadership, we are closer than ever before to making the adoption of a comprehensive water policy a reality.

As this bill heads to the Senate, the H2O Coalition will continue to advocate for a broad solution that increases our state’s commitment to solving water quality and quantity issues.”

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AIF’s H2O Coalition Launches Ad Campaign Highlighting “Amendment 1 is for Everyone”

Tallahassee, Fla. – Working to ensure the diverse needs of water users from every region of the state are met, the Associated Industries of Florida’s H2O Coalition today launched a television ad campaign to inform Floridians about the need for the Florida Legislature to responsibly and fairly spend Amendment 1 dollars this session.  The first ad begins running today in the Tallahassee television and radio markets.  

The television and radio campaign will supplement the Coalition’s targeted mail and social media efforts supporting members of the Legislature who are working to ensure that the entire state benefits from Amendment 1.

 “Last Fall, two-thirds of Florida voters adopted Amendment 1 to ensure our state has adequate funding to preserve, sustain, and protect our natural resources,” said Brewster Bevis, Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs for the Associated Industries of Florida.  “Floridians do not want the funding priorities under Amendment 1 to just reflect the narrow interests of certain environmental advocacy groups. They want the spending to reflect the needs of everyone who cares about our beaches, lakes, rivers, and fresh water supply throughout the state. We are just reminding their elected representatives that Amendment 1 is for everyone.”

“We look forward to taking our message to every Floridian who cares about the future of fresh water in Florida,” continued Bevis.  “Working together, we can ensure all of Florida is treated fairly with respect to Amendment 1.”

Transcript of the H2O Coalition television ad running in Tallahassee today:

“Last November, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1 – providing money to clean up our rivers, springs and lakes.  Finish Everglades restoration. Renourish our beaches and protect our water supply. 

Lawmakers are now deciding how to spend Amendment 1 money.  And special interest groups want the lion’s share for their pet projects. 

We all voted for it.  And we should all benefit from it.  Let’s remember: Amendment 1 is for everyone.”

The Florida H2O Coalition is comprised of stakeholders interested in water quantity and quality issues in Florida with the goal of making recommendations on state and federal water laws and rules impacting Florida.   For more information about the Florida H2O Coalition, please visit us online: http://www.floridah2ocoalition.org/.

 

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Members of AIF’s H2O Coalition: House Water Bill a Science-Based, Sustainable Solution for Florida’s Water Challenges

Tallahassee, Fla. – The leaders of the Associated Industries of Florida’s H2O Coalition today expressed strong support for improvements made to HB 7003, a bill relating to Water Resources, which was approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

“Florida’s water users are looking for comprehensive solutions that will grow our water supply, not merely grow the supply of state-owned lands,” said Brewster Bevis, Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs for the Associated Industries of Florida.  “The House proposal relies on science-tested tools to promote sustainability and ensure the conservation of our natural resources.”

“We appreciate Chairman Corcoran and his committee’s support and will continue to provide input from the business community to the Legislature,” continued Bevis.  “Failing to address long term water quality and quantity issues could put our state’s economy at risk.  The last thing Floridians want to see are protracted and costly legal battles over water.”

The Session, the Florida H2O Coalition is advocating for a science-based, comprehensive water reform to address concerns about future water shortages. According to estimates from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida has a need for an additional 1.3 billion gallons of water per day by 2030 to accommodate a population of almost 24 million. 

The Florida H2O Coalition is comprised of stakeholders interested in water quantity and quality issues in Florida with the goal of making recommendations on state and federal water laws and rules impacting Florida.   For more information about the Florida H2O Coalition, please visit us online.

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In Case You Missed It

The H2O Coalition recently applauded the House State Affairs Committee for passing a comprehensive water bill out of committee yesterday.

The House deserves much credit for passing a smart policy that provides a plan to guarantee Floridans access to clean, abundant water into the future. 

The House bill creates sustainable solutions to increase our water supply, implements innovative water storage strategies, and uses science-driven criteria.

Below is a copy of the release expressing support for the House plan...

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida business leaders advocating for a comprehensive water policy reform today applauded the Florida House State Affairs Committee for passing a proposal to address water quality and quantity concerns.

“The Florida House State Affairs Committee has taken a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to addressing the water needs of users around the state,” said Brewster Bevis, Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs for the Associated Industries of Florida.  “This proposal takes a good first step toward ensuring Florida's water supply is sustainable and available for future generations to enjoy.”

“Representatives Caldwell and Albritton have worked hard to advance a great proposal that encompasses many of the important elements we need in a water policy: sustainable solutions to increase our water supply, innovative ideas to encourage water storage, and science-driven criteria to address water quality issues,” continued Bevis.

Recently, the Florida Legislature identified water policy reform as a shared House and Senate priority for the 2015 Legislative Session.  The Florida H2O Coalition is providing citizens an outlet to get engaged in advocating for a water policy that considers the interests of water users from around the state.

Launched in 2014, the Florida H2O Coalition is comprised of stakeholders interested in water quantity and quality issues in Florida with the goal of making recommendations on state and federal water laws and rules impacting Florida.   For more information about the Florida H2O Coalition, please visit us online.

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Members of Florida AIF’s H2O Coalition Applaud Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Recommendations on Water Policy

For Immediate Release

January 22, 2015

Contact: Ryan Duffy

(850) 222-4100

 

Tallahassee, Fla. – Business leaders representing stakeholders interested in comprehensively addressing water quantity and quality issues today expressed strong support for the ideas shared by Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam before the Senate General Government Appropriations Subcommittee and the House State Affairs Committee.

“As lawmakers consider a path forward on comprehensive water policy reform, it’s important they fully understand the impact current shortfalls in the law are having on water users around the state,” said Tom Feeney, president and CEO of AIF.  “Commissioner Putnam’s recommendations provide an excellent framework to increase Florida’s water supply and enact commonsense, science-based water quality reforms. We appreciate his thoughtful approach and look forward to seeing these bold ideas for policy move forward.”

This session, the Florida H2O Coalition is advocating for a water policy solution focused on addressing the many water quality and quantity challenges facing consumers statewide.  The coalition is focused on adopting a policy that is based on sound science and offers solutions that will help to increase options for water storage.  According to Florida Department of Environmental Protection estimates, the state will need an additional 1.3 billion gallons of water per day by 2030 to keep up with rising demand.

Earlier this month, the Florida H2O Coalition launched floridah2ocoalition.org – an online resource for individuals engaged on water issues to follow the debate in Tallahassee.  For more information about the Florida H2O Coalition, please visit the coalition online.  You can also like the coalition’s page on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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