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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 - Tom Beck, 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 Meeting Web Link(s)
Reclaimed Water
  • December 18,  1:30 - 2:30 pm
  • January 8,  1:30-2:30 pm
  • January 22,  1:30-2:30 pm
  • 855-682-6800 (Toll Free Nationwide)
  • 6800 (SFWMD Internal Number)
  • 561-682-6800 (WPB Local Number)
  • December Access Code: 990 563 280
  • January Code: 996 877 205
  • December 10, 9:00-10:00 am
  • January 7, 9:00-10:00 am
  • January 21, 9:00-10:00 am
  • 1-888-670-3525
  • Access Code:  580-749-9475
Excess Surface Water
  • December 8, 11 am - 12 pm
  • December 22, 11 am - 12 pm
  • 213-493-0601
  • Access Code: 306-694-958
  • Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Excess Surface Water Teleconference Weblink
Storage Reservoirs
  • January 14, 3:00-3:30 pm
  • 1-888-670-3525 (Toll Free Nationwide)
  • Access Code: 756-693-547#
Storage ASR/Dispersed
  • December 18,  2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • (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: December 08, 2014

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