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Senate Bill (SB) 536 Study

SB 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."

Study Requirements

  • Photo of water and skyHold a minimum of two public meeting 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
  • DACS - Rich Buddell
  • FDOT - Rick Renna
  • NWFWMD - Leigh Brooks
  • SFWMD - Mark Elsner
  • SJRWMD - Joanne Chamberlain
  • SRWMD - Ann Shortelle
  • SWFWMD - Mark Hammond

Stakeholder & Public Input

There will be several opportunities for stakeholders to provide input into the study - by contacting the team at sb536study@dep.state.fl.us, and through the public workshops to be held throughout the state starting this fall. Dates and locations for the public workshops are listed below.

Public Workshops Announced New


Date & Time


Online Maps

North-Central Florida
(Live Oak)
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
1:00 PM
Suwannee River Water Management District
Governing Board Room
9225 CR 49
Live Oak, Florida
Map to Suwannee River WMD
Southeast Florida
(West Palm Beach)
Monday, October 20, 2014
1:00 PM
South Florida Water Management District
B-1 Auditorium
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL
Map to South Florida WMD
Northwest Florida
(Panama City)

Monday, October 27, 2014
1:00 PM (CST)/2 PM (EST)
Gibson Lecture Hall/Student Union East
Gulf Coast State College's Panama City Campus
5230 US Highway 98,
Panama City, FL
Central & Southwest Florida

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
10:00 AM
Southwest Florida Water Management District
Governing Board Room
2379 Broad Street (US 41 South)
Brooksville, FL
Map to Southwest Florida WMD
Northeast Florida
Thursday, November13, 2014
1:00 PM
St. Johns River Water Management District
Governing Board Room
4049 Reid St/Hwy 100 West
Palatka, Florida
Map to St. Johns River WMD

Please note that the official public comment period for the October workshops will be open for two weeks after the date of the last meeting in Palatka or through December 5, 2014.


Workshop Presentations

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 comment email us at SB536Study@dep.state.fl.us.


Last updated: October 27, 2014

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