Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature have annually approved funding for development of water supply and water resource development projects. Eligible projects for consideration are construction-ready and provide an alternative water supply benefit within the District. These projects must be submitted as part of the District’s annual Districtwide Cost-share Program (DWCS). All projects must be vetted by the District and approved by the District’s Governing Board prior to being sent to the Florida Department of Environmental Projection (FDEP) for funding consideration. Selected projects are generally co-funded by the District and FDEP.
The District will consider the following factors in the selection of AWS projects:
- Projects that provide regional benefits, including water conservation and water resource development projects.
- Projects that benefit water bodies with adopted Minimum Flows or Minimum Water Levels, particularly those that are in recovery or prevention.
- Projects that provide dual benefits to water supply and water quality.
- Projects with complementary efforts, such as AWS projects that also provide flood protection, or recreational benefits.
- Cost effectiveness, such as capital costs per 1,000 gallons of water made available.
- The return on investment, that is, the amount of funding the state grant will leverage by District and/or local cooperators, while recognizing the funding limitations of REDI or other economically disadvantaged communities.