News Release: Senate President Jeff Atwater creates Senate Select Committee on Florida's Inland Waters

October 7th, 2009

The news release was published by Senate President Jeff Atwater's office on October 7, 2009

Senate President Jeff Atwater (R-Palm Beach) today announced the creation of the Senate Select Committee on Florida's Inland Waters and named State Senator Lee Constantine (R-Altamonte Springs) as the chair.

In recent years issues regarding water quality and access have dominated water policy discussions. Florida's environment and economy depend on water policies that balance the need for protection with access and consumption.

"Florida is home to some of the world's most unique ecosystems; our fresh water springs are famous for their beauty," President Atwater said. "We must become the leader in managing economic growth with water conservation demands and ecosystem protections. Senator Constantine has extensive knowledge of the issues surrounding water natural resources."

Springs protection is one of the more complex environmental challenges facing the State. In keeping with our responsibility to protect these critical natural resources, the committee will address the broad array of water quality issues related specifically to springs protection. The select committee will have authority to conduct hearings and propose legislation for the 2010 Legislative Session.

"I have dedicated a good portion of my legislative career to protecting Florida's natural resources," said Senator Lee Constantine. "This committee will work to identify policies that will protect and promote water quality and balanced consumption. I look forward to working with President Atwater to appoint committee members and begin this important task."