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Natural Resource Program of Work 2023-2024

2022-2023 Programs of Work

2021-2022 Programs of Work

2020-2021 Programs of Work


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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


    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

    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


        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.