Beginning January, 2019, livestock would be excluded by fencing from entering State waters. The Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets would adopt rules regulating when manure may be spread during winter months.  Farmers and custom applicators would be required to complete annual water quality training.  This bill would also require a permit to apply pesticides within 50 feet of surface water or a culvert.

Beginning January 1, 2015, the Secretary of Natural Resources would be required to permit discharges of regulated stormwater runoff from the development, redevelopment, or expansion of impervious surface equal to or greater than one-half acre. The bill would also establish a Water Resources Preservation Program to fund activities or projects to improve water quality, prevent or repair flood damage, and provide reasonable assurance for implementation of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans. The Water Resources Preservation Program would be funded, in part, by a fee assessed against all developed property. The bill would also require municipalities to adopt road and bridge standards that include best management practices to address water quality. In addition, the bill would provide an income tax credit for implementation of best management practices approved by the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets. The bill would also impose a one-cent-per-bottle excise tax on bottled water and 10-cent-per-package excise tax on flushable products. The revenue generated from the bottled water excise tax and the flushable products excise tax would be deposited in a fund for implementation of the Water Resources Preservation Program.

January 10, 2014: Bill committed to the Committee on Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources

Update: 1/28/2014

House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources heard testimony on H. 586 the weeks of January 13 and January 20,  2014 and additional testimony is scheduled for the week of January 27, 2014.

Click here to read the current version of this bill.

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