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Senate Bill (SB) 536 Study

Study Requirements

Photo of water and skySB 536, which passed in the 2014 legislative session, requires "DEP, in coordination with stakeholders shall conduct a comprehensive study and submit a report on the expansion of use of reclaimed water, stormwater, and excess surface water in this state." 

  • Hold a minimum of two public meetings to gather input on the study.
  • Provide opportunity for public to submit written comments before submitting the report.
  • Submit report to Governor, Senate President, Speaker of the House no later than December 1, 2015, that includes the following:
  • Identification of measures that would lead to the efficient use for reclaimed water.
  • Identification of environmental, engineering, public health, public perception, and fiscal constraints of expansion, including utility rate structures for reclaimed water.
  • Identification of areas in the state where traditional water supply sources are limited and the use of reclaimed water, stormwater, or excess surface water for irrigation or other purposes is necessary.
  • Recommendation of permit incentives, such as extending current authorization for long-term consumptive use permits for all entities that substitute reclaimed water for traditional water sources that become unavailable or otherwise cost prohibitive.
  • Determination of the feasibility, benefit, and cost estimate of the infrastructure needed to construct regional storage features on public or private lands for reclaimed water, stormwater, and excess surface water, including the collection and delivery mechanisms for beneficial uses such as agricultural irrigation, power generation, public water supply, wetland restoration, groundwater recharge, and waterbody base flow augmentation.

Study Team's Organizational Representatives

FDEP - Janet Llewellyn, Carolyn Voyles, and Shanin Speas-Frost
- Rich Buddell
FDOT - Rick Renna
NWFWMD - Leigh Brooks
- Mark Elsner
SJRWMD - Joanne Chamberlain
- Ann Shortelle
- Mark Hammond

Work Teams & Team Meetings

Teams & Team Leaders

Please Note:

  • Stakeholders can attend Work Team meetings using the information provided below.
  • Interested individuals may observe the work teams’ discussion, but please remember the Work Teams are not Sunshine Committees, and while not required, public comment of limited duration will be solicited at the end of each Work Team meeting.
  • While every effort is made to maintain the schedule of work team teleconferences/meetings up to date, meetings/teleconferences may be cancelled without advanced notice.

Current Teleconference/Meeting Schedules

Work Team Date & Time Call-In Information/Location Meeting Web Link(s)
Study Planning Work Group
  • May 29, 10:00a-12:00p
  • June 12, 10:00a-12:00p
  • June 26, 10:00a-12:00p
  • 1-888-670-3525
  • Access Code: 940-204-6397

Study Planning Workgroup Lync Meeting         

Reclaimed Water
  • May 13, 1:30-2:30p
  • May 28, 1:30-2:30p
  • June 11, 1:30-2:30p
  • June 25, 1:30-2:30p
  • 855-682-6800 (Toll Free Nationwide)
  • 6800 (SFWMD Internal Number)
  • 561-682-6800 (WPB Local Number)
  • Access Code: 996 877 205

Reclaimed Water Teleconference Web Link

  • 1-888-670-3525
  • Access Code:  580-749-9475
Excess Surface Water  
  • 213-493-0601
  • Access Code: 306-694-958
  • Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Excess Surface Water Teleconference Web Link

Storage Reservoirs
  • May 6, 3:30-4:00p
  • June 10, 3:00-3:30p
  • 1-888-670-3525 (Toll Free Nationwide)
  • Access Code: 756-693-5473#
Storage ASR/Dispersed  
  • (855) 682-6800 (Toll Free Nationwide)
  • 6800 (SFWMD Internal Number)
  • (561) 682-6800 (WPB Local Number)
  • Access Code: 998 474 529

Public Workshop Materials & Stakeholder Comments

Presentation materials from the SB 536 public workshops are available from the links below.  Stakeholder comments, received to date, can be accessed through DEP's FTP site.

SB 536 Study Stakeholders Email List
To become an SB 536 Study stakeholder and receive emails and updates relating to the study or to manage your current subscription, please enter your contact information below.

If you’d like more information, or to provide comments, email us at SB536Study@dep.state.fl.us.


Last updated: May 12, 2015

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