This bill proposes to establish a water resources preservation program to provide financial assistance and technical support to projects or activities designed to achieve one or more of the following: improve the water quality of waters of the state; prevent, mitigate against, or repair flood damage; or provide reasonable assurances regarding the implementation of total maximum daily load plans. To fund the program, the bill establishes a water resources preservation fee on developed property and property used for farming. The fee on developed property would be assessed in proportion to the property’s area of impervious surface. The fee on property used for farming would be assessed in proportion to the property’s area of farmstead.
January 13, 2012: Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources
March 18, 2012: Still in Committee on Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources