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Alachua County Wetland Protection Regulations . Alachua County Board of County Commissioners October 22, 2013. Why Protect Wetlands?. They provide numerous valuable functions to society. 44% of Wetland acreage lost in Florida from 1780s – 1996.

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Alachua county wetland protection regulations

Alachua County Wetland Protection Regulations

Alachua County Board of County Commissioners

October 22, 2013


Why protect wetlands

Why Protect Wetlands?

  • They provide numerous valuable functions to society.

  • 44% of Wetland acreage lost in Florida from 1780s – 1996

  • Source: Dahl, T.E. 2005. Wetland losses in the United States 1780s to 1980s. US Dept of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. 80 pp.


Wetland functions

Wetland Functions

  • Water Quality Functions

    • Flood Water Storage

    • Streamflow Maintenance

    • Sediment control

    • Nutrient and pollution uptake

    • Shoreline stabilization

    • Ground Water recharge

    • Carbon Sequestration

    • Pathogen Retention

    • Habitat Functions

      • Fish Habitat

      • Bird habitat

      • Rare Species habitat

      • Amphibian habitat


Community benefits

Community Benefits

  • Tourism

  • Active recreation

  • Passive recreation

  • Commercially valuable

  • Flood control

  • Water quality

  • Aquifer recharge

  • Wildlife habitat

  • Drought resilience

  • Sense of Place

  • And many others…


How are wetlands protected locally

How are Wetlands ProtectedLocally?

County Vision

Comprehensive Plan

Land Development Regulations

Wetland Protection Standards

Enforcement of Protection Standards

Photo by Mac Stone


History of wetland protection in alachua county

History of Wetland Protection in Alachua County

  • 1980’s wetland loss from land development

  • 1992 First wetland protection ordinance

  • 1994 Uniform State wetland delineation

  • 2005 Comp Plan – increased buffer standards

  • 2006 Code – added increased buffer standards as required by 2005 Comp Plan


County wetland policies and practices

County Wetland Policies and Practices

  • All wetlands are regulated

  • Protect wetlands and buffers in natural condition

  • Strong wetland avoidance policies

  • Impacts allowed for minimal impact activities

  • If allowed, mitigation per State rules


Wetland protection county s relationship with other agencies

Wetland ProtectionCounty’s Relationship with Other Agencies

State

Water Management Districts

Dept of Environmental Protection

Dept of Ag and Consumer Services

Federal

US Army Corp of Engineers

US Environmental Protection Agency


Wetland protection county s relationship with other agencies1

Wetland ProtectionCounty’s Relationship with Other Agencies

Why local protection?

Only one with Land Use authority

Local perspective

Higher standards

Local enforcement presence


State legislation

State Legislation

The Florida Right to Farm Act

Agriculture Lands and Practices Act

  • Applies to bona fide farm operations on land classified as agricultural land following certain Best Management Practices (BMPs) or regulated by certain Federal agencies.

  • Retains local government home rule authority for wetland policies and codes adopted prior to 2003.

  • Preempts local government upland policies and codes.


Bona fide agriculture

Bona Fide Agriculture

  • Exempt from County upland protection requirements.

  • Must comply with applicable 1992 County wetland code provisions that are still in effect today.

  • County Regulations exempt:

    • Silvicultural activities in accordance with Best Management Practices (BMPs)

    • Existing bona fide agricultural activities that have been in existence prior to Oct. 29, 1992.


Alachua county wetland policy practices

Alachua County Wetland Policy & Practices

  • Wetlands are valued

  • Strong avoidance and protection policies and codes

  • Recognizes and respects for State Statutes support for agriculture

  • Exemptions for bona fide Ag that has been in existence prior to 1992 and for silviculture following BMPs


Staff recommendation

Staff Recommendation

The Board of County Commissioners reaffirm Alachua County’s current wetland policies and protection practices.


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