Scott-O-Meter

Issue an executive order for springs improvement

"Gov. Scott will issue an executive order to provide a foundation for bringing together stakeholders to plan with his administration for additional needed actions."


Updates

Scott has not issued executive order for springs improvement

As part of his environmental agenda during his re-election campaign, Gov. Rick Scott promised that he would "issue an executive order to provide a foundation for bringing together stakeholders to plan with his administration for additional needed actions."

We'll note that he didn't promise to create a foundation as in an organization -- he put that promise under the header "executive order to protect water quality" in his environmental campaign plan. The plan doesn't contain details on what exactly the executive order in itself would achieve -- here is the full section:

"Protecting our springs is not just a financial investment. It also takes sound planning, science based permitting, and partnerships with our local governments and stakeholders. By the end of the Governor's first term, his administration will have proposed cleanup plans for more than 387 springs. Furthermore, during Governor Scott's first term alone, his administration will have set twice as many minimum flow and levels (protecting the quantity of water for our springs) than have been set in the entire previous two decades. But there is more work to do. That is why Governor Scott will issue an Executive Order to provide a foundation for bringing together stakeholders to plan with his administration for additional needed actions."

In a related promise we are tracking on our Scott-O-Meter, Scott also said that he would "continue to expand funding for springs restoration and alternative water supply programs."

On his funding promise, we rated the promise In the Works after he proposed $50 million to help clean up the state's freshwater springs, which are becoming increasingly polluted and in some cases are reversing their natural flows. Scott proposed using funds from Amendment 1, the measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in November 2014.

Scott spokeswoman Jeri Bustamante said that Scott has not issued an executive order related to springs. If he does in the future, we will revisit this promise. But for now, due to lack of action, we rate it Stalled.

Editor's note: To clarify this promise, we have changed the headline from "Create a foundation for springs improvement" to "Issue an executive order for springs improvement."

Sources:

Gov. Rick Scott re-election campaign, "Let's Keep Florida Beautiful" plan, 2014

Scott-O-Meter, "Scott recommends more funding for springs, new water resources," Feb. 6, 2015

Interview, Jeri Bustamante, Gov. Rick Scott spokeswoman, April 17, 2015