After more than a decade, as much as can be said about our septic systems has been said and published. June 30, 2023, the Sludge Report website will go away. In the meantime, take advantage of the resources on the website. Print, save, and distribute any article of value to you as you continue your efforts with your local and state representatives.
Here are some resources and websites I have used over the years to be informed about meetings, legislation, and important events. Informing you is what we have tried to accomplish, and we hope you will take advantage of these resources to stay informed.
Contact your County Commissioners! BMAP mandates and all permitting issues are handled at the county level. Contact your county Commissioner to help you understand what is happening in your local area and help you track what your local Environmental Agency is doing to comply with BMAP mandates. Every county impacted by BMAP must have a plan in place to meet 5-10-20 year goals.
https://floridadep.gov/dear/water-quality-restoration/content/basin-management-action-plans-bmaps – This link provides contact information for your local BMAP area and news about BMAP meetings in your area.
Senate Tracker Help – The Florida Senate (flsenate.gov) – Sign up to receive notification via email whenever a bill is introduced impacting “septic systems”. Bills are identified by septic system statute 381.00651, topic, legislative sponsor and co-sponsors, bill language, amendments, bill progress through the legislative process and the impact statements indicating costs associated with the proposed legislation.
Florida Administrative Rules, Law, Code, Register – FAC, FAR, eRulemaking (flrules.org) – Review any rules proposed by various agencies impacting septic systems. Identified by administrative code impacted by the rule and the agency promoting the rule.
Your Legislative Delegation is by county. Register with your county to receive notifications when Legislative Delegations meet and receive public comments on agendas for upcoming legislative sessions.
Contact the Statewide Headquarters of the Florida Onsite Sewage Program directly:
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water Resource Management
Onsite Sewage Program
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3596
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) | Florida Department of Environmental Protection – Meetings review rules proposed by FDEP Bureau of Onsite Sewage. Previous meetings of this type were held in various locations around the state but are now located in Tallahassee. Citizens can sign up to participate via the Internet.
My Water Daily consolidates news from around the state about legislation, opinion pieces, significant water quality events, spills, agency activities, etc. A very Valuable resource!
We have been so honored and blessed by your support and uplifted by your encouragement. We thank you.
Andrea & Bob Samson