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Draft springs legislation would reserve spring flows, require septic tank hook-ups

By Bruce Ritchie

Draft springs protection legislation being prepared by Sen. David Simmons would designate 21 "outstanding Florida springs" and require the establishment of springs protection zones around them.

The draft legislation also would direct the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the water management districts to restore flow to those designated springs.

Water management districts would be required to establish "protection zones" with restrictions on septic tanks and wastewater treatment plants.

Simmons said he expects to file a bill within 30 days after issuing another draft and receiving more comments from agencies and interest groups.

"I'm looking at a comprehensive methodology for saving and preserving our water resources," Simmons said.

Asked why he is presenting the bill this year, Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said, "Because it should have been done five years ago."