Mr. Dale Twachtmann, Executive Director
Southwest Florida Water
P. O. Box 457
Brooksville, Florida 33512
I was pleased with the results of our meeting at the Causeway
Inn and believe it is a move in the right direction.
Before going much further, I think we will need to have
proposed legislation consistent with the thoughts expressed
at the meeting.
These should include proposed revisions to Chapter 373 and
378 as well as a revision to the local legislation establishing
Southwest Florida Water Management District. This legislation
should make it clear that the Water Management District
has the proper responsibility and authority for managing
both the surface and ground water resources within the District.
The exceptions and limitations contained in the present law
should be removed in order for the District to have full power
The law should also direct the District to undertake these
added responsibilities and if they fail to do so, then The
Department of Natural Resources should step in and assume
I would like to have your recommendation as to just how far
the law should go in granting the District the authority and
responsibility for production of water for distribution and
consumption. How should the allocation of water for consumption
be made? Should this be done by the District, by The Department
of Natural Resources, or by a separate authority?
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Who should have the ultimate authority and responsibility for
flood plain zones?
How much water quality control should the District have? How
can this beat be coordinated with the local and state pollution
I would appreciate an early response from you on these points
so I can give this proper distribution and attention in connection
with the Senate hearings this Fall and the local bill hearings
prior to the next Legislative Session which starts February 1,
In the meantime, please give me some indication as to how soon
you expect to provide us with this information.
I appreciate your efforts in setting up the meeting and look
forward to working with you to bring about these needed re-
visions in our law,
Ray C. Knopke
CC, Mr. Derrill S. McAteer
Myron G. Gibbons, Esq.
L. M. Blain, Esq.