WATER RESTORATION ASSISTANCE (Program); WATER RESTORATION ASSISTANCEGovernor's Recommendations
2022-23
Current Year Budget
2021-22
Difference
DollarsPositionsDollarsPositionsDollarsPositions
$587,252,45164.00$726,832,41664.00($139,579,965)0.00
 

 
Policy Area:  WATER RESOURCES
Issue:            ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2022-23
NATURAL RESOURCE DAMAGE RESTORATION - DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funding for the implementation, planning and oversight of restoration projects from the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill incident associated with injuries to natural resources. Natural Resource Damage Restoration (NRDR) - Early restoration funding focuses on the type of projects that offset injuries to natural resources and services that were impacted by the DWH spill and may include projects such as restoring water quality and habitat, replenishing and protecting wildlife populations and enhancing the public's access to the Gulf coast such as new boat ramps, artificial reefs and kayak launches. RESTORE ACT - DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes spending authority to administer and implement projects funded by the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). Projects eligible for funding can include, stormwater or wastewater infrastructure projects, other water quality projects including the implementation of agriculture best management practices, living shoreline projects, habitat restoration, land acquisition, and community resilience. NATURAL RESOURCE DAMAGE RESTORATION - FINAL RESTORATION - DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funding for administrative costs associated with oversight of 13 projects identified and approved by the Florida Trustee Implementation Group (FL-TIG). Funds will also be used to conduct planning activities for future restoration projects. In spring of 2016 BP reached agreements to settle all federal and state claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident. Under the agreements, BP will pay at least $680M for natural resource damages in Florida over the next 15 years. In spring 2017, BP began making natural resource damage payments to the Florida Trustee Implementation Group (DEP, FWC, and federal agency representatives). HAZARDOUS WASTE CONTAMINATED SITE CLEANUP The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funds to assist homeowners with private wells who are experiencing contamination of their drinking water from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and other emerging contaminants of concern. GRANTS AND AID - NON-POINT SOURCE (NPS) MANAGEMENT PLANNING GRANTS The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes budget authority from various federal grants, such as the Water Quality Improvement Program grant for environmental protection and restoration associated with Non-point Source (NPS) pollution projects. Funding is used to contract with local governments, WMDs, other state agencies and universities to construct NPS pollution controls; to perform water quality sampling and conduct research projects to evaluate water quality; to improve the effectiveness of NPS pollution controls. Funding is also used for long-term projects contained in federal grant work plans which cross state fiscal year end dates and a portion is utilized by DEP and DACS for the development and implementation of water quality treatment/restoration projects in priority watersheds. DRINKING WATER FACILITY CONSTRUCTION - STATE REVOLVING LOAN The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes federal authority for low interest loans to local governments and certain other utilities for construction of drinking water systems, including treatment, storage and distribution facilities. Pursuant to the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act the grant award has a cash match requirement. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is administered pursuant to the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act and Section 403.8532, F.S. WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY CONSTRUCTION The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes federal authority for low interest loans to local governments for the construction of wastewater treatment and stormwater management systems, including collection and transmission sewers, reclaimed water (reuse) systems, and a variety of other facilities and activities through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). Pursuant to the Federal Clean Water Act, the grant award has a cash match requirement. The CWSRF is administered pursuant to the Federal Clean Water Act and section 403.1835, Florida Statutes. GRANTS AND AIDS - FLORIDA KEYS AREA OF CRITICAL STATE CONCERN The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funding for the purpose of implementing the Florida Keys Stewardship Act. Funding would be used to enter into financial assistance agreements with local governments located in the Florida Keys or City of Key West Area of Critical Concern. SMALL COUNTY WASTEWATER TREATMENT GRANTS The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes federal authority for grants to assist financially disadvantaged small communities with their needs for adequate sewer facilities. The grant program is the single largest public resource available to disadvantaged municipal governments to build critical wastewater infrastructure necessary to restore Florida's impaired waterways and threatened waterbodies. GRANTS AND AID - WASTEWATER GRANT PROGRAM The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes funding from the Water Protection and Sustainability Trust Fund to continue funding for the Wastewater Grant Program to improve water quality for the State of Florida. This funding will be used for the Wastewater Grant Program established in Section 403.0673, F.S. This program prioritizes wastewater projects in restoration plan areas and rural areas of opportunity. The program requires at least a 50 percent match which may be waived by the Department for rural areas of opportunity. Projects to construct, upgrade or expand wastewater facilities to provide advanced wastewater treatment and connecting septic tanks to sewer systems are prioritized.