With surging population projecting increased infrastructure needs, Gov. Rick Scott’s recent decision to OK its key pending water bill has earned The Florida Chamber of Commerce’s support for his focus on meeting Florida’s natural resource needs.
Now ranking as the nation’s third most populous state due to the state’s successful rebound from economic struggle, Florida’s population is projected to increase by six million individuals — consuming close to nine billion gallons of water daily — by 2030.
“This bipartisan effort is a step in the right direction to ensure that Florida’s water future doesn’t go the way of California,” the chamber said of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act.
Gov. Scott’s approval of SB 552 means that Floridians can rest assured that they will have access to a clean, plentiful water supply. The measure takes into account the checks and balances among supply and demand forces and between the public and private sectors by promoting strategic partnerships. Additionally, the law relies on scientific research for its carefully drafted recommendations.
“The Florida Chamber has long supported comprehensive, science-backed water efforts that will help protect our state’s natural and precious resources as well as help meet future needs,” the chamber stated. “The Florida Chamber’s water plan is focused on science-based solutions to ensure our special quality of life and economic growth.”
The Florida Chamber thanked House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, State Rep. Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres), State Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for their efforts on behalf of the legislation. It also praised chamber volunteers, the Florida Chamber’s water coalition, and other local chambers.