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Natural Resources Subcommittees:




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Natural Resources Program
Natural Resources Program

1. Monitor, act and provide timely information to the public on the protection of the Indian River Lagoon System, all surface waters and the St. Johns River to include:

   a. Monitor the Wetlands Guidelines implementations by the Board of County Commissioners of Brevard and the municipalities of Brevard County.

   b. Monitor the Fertilizer Ordinance adoption and implementation of the Board of County Commissioners of Brevard and the municipalities of Brevard County.

   c. Monitor the BMAP (Basin Management Action Plan) program as set forth by the FDEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection).

   d. Monitor, support and provide timely information on the activities of our partner, the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition.

   e. Monitor and provide timely information regarding the dispensation of state and federal funds by the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program.

   f. Monitor, act and provide timely information on the dispensation of funds from the Brevard Indian River Lagoon sales tax referendum.

2.  Educate and encourage recycling by all Brevard County residents and businesses.
   a. Review Brevard’s municipalities’ progress toward the recycling targets as defined in their collection contracts.
   b. Study the return policies of local stores and laws pertaining to donation of returned items including examination of the costs incurred by business to handle items no longer allowed to be sold and formulation

 of best practices guidelines to facilitate more donations and less waste.

   c. Advocate for more ample, affordable and easy to understand and follow recycling programs for residents, businesses and public places.

3Monitor, act, and provide timely information to the public regarding alternative energies, including solar, and the public policies that guide the implementation of alternative energy, both for the electrical grid and for personal conveyance.

4Monitor, act, and provide timely information to the public regarding offshore and onshore and exploration issues in Florida, including but not limited to hydraulic fracking and acid fracking and seismic testing off-shore of Florida.

5. Monitor, act, and provide timely information to the public regarding growth actions and policies of Brevard County, the municipalities and surrounding regions as they affect Brevard County.

6. Monitor, act, and provide timely information to the public to ensure the full and fair implementation of the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment.

7. Working in conjunction with the Local Government Committee, monitor, act, and provide timely information to the public upon any proposals of the Canaveral Port Authority to construct a freight rail extension to the Port or to develop the Port into a major commercial freight site.

8. Review and revise, as appropriate, the “Natural Resources Position Statement” that appears in the 2015-2016 LWVSC Membership Book.




 

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Natural Resources Positions
Natural Resources Positions

1. Pollution Control: appropriate government agencies shall test fertilizer for heavy metals, persistent organic poisons, and other toxic

substances. The results of those tests shall be printed on labels         that are attached to the fertilizer containers.  Fertilizer that         contains material derived from toxic waste or sludge shall be labeled as such.

2.  Water Resources

     Support for:

    a. Comprehensive planning, development and water management         on a regional basis.

    b. Measures to protect the natural wetlands of Brevard County

    c. Continued acquisition of the Upper St. Johns River historic flood

        plains.

    d. Sewage disposal systems that treat wastewater so that it is safe         for non-potable reuse.

3. Solid Waste Management

     Support for:

    a. A countywide solid waste disposal system which maximizes

         resource recovery techniques.

    b. A system that utilizes sanitary landfill but which may also use

        incineration or waste to energy technology provided the

        environmental problems of that technology have been solved,           that sufficient waste can be generated within the county to               ensure its cost effectiveness and that reuse, reduction, and               recycling are maximized countywide.

     c. A system which requires the mandatory recycling of all possible

        residential, commercial and industrial waste.

4. Growth Management:

    Support for adoption and implementation of those provisions of         the Brevard County Long Range Comprehensive Plan which are

    consistent with the positions of the League.

5. Land Use:

    Support for:

    a. enforcement of the coastal zone setback lines for

        Brevard County.

    b. Action to curtail pollution of aquatic preserves.

    c. Support for impact fees for transportation, recreation and parks,

        correctional facilities, emergency services, schools and libraries.

        All impact fees to be at 100% of consultants’ recommendations         and reassessed every 5 years.

6. Land Acquisition

    Support for:

    a. A countywide program for acquisition of environmentally

        significant and historic lands.

    b. Lands to be considered for acquisition must be either water               recharge areas, wetlands, uplands hammocks, cypress domes,           forests or other environmentally sensitive lands, or lands of 
        historic value.

    c. The land selection committee should be the recommending       

        body whose members demonstrate knowledge of Brevard’s land         and water resources and an unbiased interest in public land
        acquisition.     

    d. Land acquisition should be through purchase; condemnation,

        exchange; transfer between local, state or federal agencies;             purchase by public or private land trusts; donation; or
        cooperative agreements among governmental agencies.           

    e. Emergency acquisition must follow the criteria specified in the

        county’s implementing ordinance.

    f. Uses of acquired lands should be compatible with the purposes          for which they were acquired.       

    g. Funding and maintenance of the lands should be provided with         an ad valorem tax up to the maximum of ½ mill for no longer           than 10 years duration and by matching grants.

    h. Management should be administered by appropriate  
        governmental agencies and limited to the purposes for which             the land was acquired.

     i. Formation of a public or private land trust.  The League also

        encourages the preservation of environmentally significant and

        historic lands by the use of means other than fee simple

        acquisitions.

        These techniques include but are not limited to charitable trust,

        conservation lease, conservation easement, gift by devise, 
        option to buy, lease back, registry reserved life estate, 
        restrictive covenants, right of first refusal, non financial benefits,         and tax benefits. This recommendation does not exclude fee 

        simple or a combination of fee simple with any other technique.