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Proposed Fertilizer Bill

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May 23, 2008

COTI BOARD MEMBERS : I am forwarding this message which I received from SCCF today in case you are not on their mailing list . This fertilizer bill is moving along quickly and will probably be acted on in the next few days i.e . before our next meeting . Thus , you may wish to respond to Erick Lindblad''s request individually . John Action Needed on Proposed Fertilizer Bill in Tallahasse e ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A very bad fertilizer bill is moving quickly in Tallahassee and we need your letters to ask them to kill the bill . The bill is on the schedule for discussion by the House Environment and Natural Resources Council today , Wednesday , and the Senate Agricultural Committee on Thursday . On the House side it is sponsored by Bryan Nelson who has been trying to push preemptions on local governments . On the Senate side it is sponsored by Dave Aronberg . We believe that working with Senator Aronberg we can have an impact in killing it . Here are the issues : Findings : The bills legislativ e findings state that the model fertilizer use ordinance contained in the Florida Consumer Fertilizer Task Force Final Report to the 2008 Florida Legislature , dated January 15 , 2008 is protective of the quality of water in the state''s water bodies " . Th is is in fact not true . A specific example is the recommended application rates for phosphorus . The rates exceed the Lake Okeechobee restoration target levels by 95 times . Preemption : The bills include two forms of preemption to local governments w anting to develop stricter language to address local water quality issues . The House bill currently back dates the qualification dates for local governments to adopt ordinances to this past January 15 , 2008 . The second includes a suite of criteria that r equire demonstration of impaired and degraded waters in order to local governments to quality for adoption of a stricter ordinance . Florida is not a one size fits all state . Local governments should be free to tailor their own ordinances to address loca l issues , especially fertilizer formulations and application periods and schedules to suit their soil types , topography and water quality restoration needs . This bill limits local government''s right to protect their waters from becoming degraded or from t aking responsible action to restore water quality . Change from the State Task Force Recommendations : The qualification criteria , adoption date and requirement of model ordinance adoption are changes from the recommendations of the Task Force that will not improve We are asking everyone to write a letter , sample included below , to members of the House and Senate Committees on Environment and Agriculture in opposition to the poorly named Protection of Urban and Residential Environments and Wate r Act , SB 2352 and HB1267 . Key contact information is listed below Dear Senator ( Representative ) ; I am writing to express my strong opposition to HB 1267 and SB 2352 . This legislation will in fact preempt local governments from adopting fertilizer ordi nances needed to protect and improve water quality , the House bill back dates adoption to this past January , 2008 , the model ordinance is based on nutrient loading rates that exceed levels needed to improve water quality and requires all communities adopt the model ordinance that will degrade water quality . This bill needs to be stopped to protect our water quality . We request that you work to stop these bad bills to protect Florida''s most important natural resource . Sincerely , CONTACT INFORMATION NOTE : The Senate contacts are e - mail addresses ; the House contacts are e - mail forms that you can fill out and cut - and - paste the message into . Senate Committee on Agriculture Chair : Senator JD Alexander ( R ) alexander.jd.web @ flsenate.gov Vice Chair : Senator Larcenia J . Bullard ( D ) bullard . larcenia.web @ flsenate.gov Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation Chair : Senator Burt Saunders ( R ) saunders.burt.web @ fls enate.gov Vice Chair : Senator Nan H . Rich ( D ) rich.nan.web @ flsenate.gov Joint Legislative Committee on Everglades Oversight Alternating Chair : Senator Dave Aronberg ( D ) aronberg.dave.web @ flsenate.gov House Committee on Environmental Protection Chair : Trudi K . Williams ( R ) http : / / www.myfloridahouse.gov / Sections / Representatives / emailrepresentative.aspx ? Memb erId = 4338 & SessionId = 57 Vice Chair : Baxter Troutman ( R ) http : / / www.myfloridahouse.gov / Sections / Representatives / emailrepresentative.aspx ? MemberId = 4259 & SessionId = 57 House Committee on Agribusiness Chair : Denise Grimsley ( R ) http : / / www.myfloridahouse.gov / Sections / Representatives / emailrepresentative.aspx ? Membe rId = 4345 & SessionId = 57 Vice Chair : Bryan Nelson ( R ) http : / / www.myfloridahouse.gov / Sections / Representatives / emailrepresentative.aspx ? MemberId = 4362 & SessionId = 57 Contact Informatio n ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Erick Lindblad Phone : 239 / 472 - 2329 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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