Title: Surface Water Improvement and Management Act Abstract
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Title: Surface Water Improvement and Management Act Abstract
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Surface Water Improvement and Management Act Abstract
General Note: Box 7, Folder 3 ( Vail Conference 1988 - 1988 ), Item 21
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Surface Water Improvement and Management Act

The Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Act was
passed by the 1987 Florida Legislature and signed into law on
June 29, 1987, by Governor Bob Martinez. The SWIM Bill was one
of the most controversial and publicized environmental bills of
the 1987 legislative session.

Fueled by water quality problems in Lakes Okeechobee and
Apopka, the bill focused on a restoration program for Florida's
surface waters. In the end the bill set forth a process for
identifying and prioritizing surface waters to be restored or
protected by water management districts and set immediate
priorities for the following six water bodies: Lake Okeechobee,
Lake Apopka, Lower St. Johns River, Indian River Lagoon. Biscayne
Bay, and Tampa Bay. The bill gave new emphasis to the WMD's role
in water quality and saltwater environments.

The Water Management Districts are charged with developing
priorities and plans for restoration or protection of surface
waters in cooperation with the State agencies. The priorities
and plans need the approval of the Department of Environmental

The SWIM trust fund was established and is housed in the
DER. The DER is to release money for the approved plans to the
water management districts. The water management districts must
provide at least 20% of the total cost of the projects in the
approved plans.

The WMDs are to have completed their first priority lists
by March 1. 1988. The DER is to study and review the surface
water classification system of the state and report to the
Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, and the Governor
by March 1, 1989.


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