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July 14, 1972
Dr. Robert O. Vernon
Division of Interior Resources
SDeortment of Natural Resources
107 W. Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32304
Re: Proposed Diversion of Water from Littie Manatee River
by Florida Power and Light Company
I Dear Dr. Vernon:
The Alafia River Basin Board of this District directed that we write the Department
of Natural Resources regarding the referenced proposal and advise the Department
| of the history of this plant and the position of the Board in order that you might use
this information in acting upon the application to you from the Florida Power and
In January of this year, the Florida Poter and Light Compand Light Company submitted an application
to us requesting permission to -wr ,ert water from the Little Manatee River within our
Alafia River Basin for the purpose of being used as condenser cooling water for a
power plant planned for Manatee County. In February, we wrote the Department
of Natural Resources and requested that we be furnished with the "average min-
imum flow" and we further requested your assistance in handling of the permit.
In March, we received a reply from the Decrrtr.-ent of Natural Resources furnish-
ing the figures which we requested. This letter included a comment which stated
that "it would appear inconsistent that Manatee County and industries located
therein should benefit from works, structures and management of the water resources
in the district. "
On March 21, 1972, we presented the permit application to our Alafia River Basin
Board for its consideration (a copy of Ihe minutes of this meeting is enclosed). The
; Basin Board expressed its concern over ihe use of tie fresh water resources of the
Basin for this purpose and a motion -vos made end passed that the Basin Board
S recommend to the District Governina Boarc! that the permit application be denied.
1~ The Florida Power and Light application for pi-ermit was placed on the Governing
Board Agenda for the April 5, 1972 meeting. Representatives of the Florida Power
I and Light Company requested the opportunity to mcfke a presentation at this meeting.
SDr. Robert O. VCIIIonI
July 14, 1972 Po(we Two
However, on the day prior to the meeting, officials of Florida Power and Light
j requested a postponement (a copy of the June 7, 1972 Governing Board Minutes
J is enclosed). The Governing Board deferred any decision until Florida Power
and Light would have the opportunity to make an official presentation.
On May 3, 1972, representatives of FP&L Company came to this office and presented
to us a new proposal for diversion. Basically the changes were this:
(1) The size of the proposed plant would be reduced considerably, therefore
requiring a reduction in water use.
(2) The size of the cooling water reservoir was reduced from 6,000 acres to
| (3) The point of diversion was moved approximately 7 1/2 miles upstream
Where the river makes a "dog leg" out of the District into Manatee County
and then back into the District. By making this move, it was reasoned that
I a permit would no longer be required from this District. FP&L representatives
i were clear to point outhowever, that it was not their intent to completely
bypass the District. We were later furnished with a copy of their application
to you dated May 4, 1972.
Our Alafia River Basin Board is extremely concerned about this proposed diversion
from a major fresh water source from its Basin and have budgeted funds for a
comprehensive water resources study of the Basin, including aerial mapping of
the flood plain. Our District Governing Board is also concerned and we believe
that before action is taken upon this permit, that all environmental aspects of the
proposal should be considered. We have also enclosed a copy of a letter from
the Chairman of our Governing Board to the Chairman of the Department of
Pollution Control in which letter we express our concern over this proposal and
the stringent thermal standards of the Department of Pollution Control which seem
to be forcing power plants to look inland for a source of cooling water. Con-
sideration should be given to having a discussion of possible environmental aspects
of power plant location at an early meeting of the Governor's Environmental
1 Coordination Council.
] Very truly yours,
\ DONALD R. FEASTER, P. E.
Director, Division of Water Resources
CC: Joel Kuperberg, Executive Director, Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund
; Vincen- D. Patron, Executive Director, Departmnent of Air & Water Pollution Contr'!
j District Governing Doard<; Alofia River Basin Board; Myron Gibbons, Attorney for Distr