Title: Chairman's Message, signed by Clifford Barnhart
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Title: Chairman's Message, signed by Clifford Barnhart
Alternate Title: Printed article. Chairman's Message, signed by Clifford Barnhart. Issues faced by Northwest Florida Water Management District.
Physical Description: 2p.
Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 1, Folder 7 ( FUNDING WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS ), Item 93
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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The days of cheap and abandoned or closed in
B|: abundant drinking water Tallahassee and
are fast disappearing. Pensacola because of
chemical contamination.
In northwest Without intervention, our
Florida, development has water problems will
... .... concentrated for the most Our water
S. ..worsen. Our water
part in the coastal areas resources need protection
_________ and demand for
water has some-

F lorida, the fourth times outgrown It has been my
most populated supply. In June privilege during the past
state in the coun- 1989, our Govern- year to serve on the Gov-
try, is entering the ing Board adopted ernor's Water Resource
1990s with an in- regulations de- Commission, a body
creasing population trend caring an Area of dedicated to ensuring a
that began 30 years ago and Water Resources constant supply of drink-
promises to continue into Concern for the ing water for all Floridi-
the next century. By the coastal areas of ans. The Commission
year 2000, there will be Santa Rosa, made recommendations
approximately 15,415,000 Okaloosa and on water supply plan-
Floridans. Contrary to past Walton counties, ning, critical water
Floridians. Contrary to past
trends, many of these people where drinking supply problem areas,
will be living in northwest water comes from conservation and fund-
Florida. Already, the cities of the Floridan ing. A specific recom-
Pensacola, Panama City and Aquifer. In these mendation concerned
Tallahassee are population areas, special raising the funding capa-
magnets, on their way to be- restrictions now ability of the Northwest
coming major metropolitan apply to con- Florida Water Manage-
areas like cities in the south- sumptive uses of ment District to 1.0 mill
Portion of the state. The water. Other of ad valorem tax within
Snpopar im of he stte. The coastal areas the State Constitution.
popular image of sleepy,
rural northwest Florida is notably those of Throug its
Franklin, Wakulla Through its
quickly receding. Like the and Jefferson system of water manage-
"rest of the state, northwest risk ment districts, Florida
counties risk
. Florida has.growing pains saltwater con addresses water resource
which include pressure on taminateonof problems. The five
w stamination of
water suppesground districts have wide and
theirvaried responsibilities.
In 1989, most of the water supplies varied responsibilities.
state experienced serious should poorly Among them are the pro-
water shortages and conse- planned develop- section of ground water
quent rationing. While we ment occur.
northwest Floridians were overuse through regula-
fortunate not to share this Even in tory programs, the provi-
experience in 1989, we may inland areas, the sion of technical assis-
not be as lucky in the future. Floridan Aquifer tance to local govern-
is susceptible to ments and public utilities
contamination. who provide water sup-
_ Wells have been plies, and the acquisition


and management of lands year, we get an approxi- meet expanded public
that protect and preserve mation of the same water needs will go unfulfilled
water resources. The dis- management services as because of inadequate
tricts also are involved in the rest of Florida. This District staffing;
extensive scientific re- bargain price sounds like surface water
search. In 1987, the a good deal or does it? bodies not currently ad-
Florida Legislature en- Maybe not. dressed by the S.W.M.
trusted the Surface Water 1989 the District faced program, such as the
Improvement and Man- Distict ed Choctawhatchee River
agement (S.W.I.M.) Pro- the reality of limited re- and Bay, St Andrew Bay,
gram to the districts. This sources and expanding Lake Hilda, Perdido Bay
dynamic system of water responsibilities. To and the Upper Escambia
dynamic system of water better cope with the situ-
management works in ttr cope wit the situ- River, will not receive
action, the District reor- necessary attention for
harmony to solve Florida's anizednecessary attentionfor
water resources problems. restoration and manage-
structure and project ment
But all water staffing allocations. If
management districts funding is not rectified, This is only a
were not created equal. In the District will be forced partial list. While the
1976, Florida voters ap- to make major cuts in District's funding di-
proved a constitutional the 1990s. Here are a lemma remains static,
amendment to fund the few examples of what the northwest Florida's water
five water management citizens of northwest problems do not.
districts with ad valorem Florida may experience The cost of ade-
taxes. The wording of the due to the District's
amendment provided 1.0 continued lack of fund- quate, comprehensive
water resources protec-
mill taxing capability for ing: tion is not being met in
four of the water manage- abandoned tion is not being met in
ment districts and limited wells, which threaten to thwti
this cost is met, the
the Northwest Florida contaminate ground th st o Wt
Northwest Florida Water
Water Management Dis- water supplies, will not Management District will
trict to one-twentieth of be plugged by the Dis- not be a full partner in
that amount. The Dis- trict; the state's system of
trict, at the end of 1989, is a comprehen- water management Not
still capped in the State sive stormwater permit- on is this District's
Constitution at 0.05 mill. ting program will be viability as an
impossible to carry out; future viability as an
While the average a statutorily- effective environmental
south Florida homeowner required district-wide agency at stake, the
may pay $33 yearly for ground water availability future quality of north-
water resources protec- inventory, vitally impor- west Florida's water
tion, the average north- tantfor local growth resources lies in the
west Florida homeowner management planning, balance.
may pay $1.30 yearly. For will not be conducted by
several years, the Legisla- the District;
ture has been augmenting requests for
our District's shortfalls technical assistance from Clifford Barnhart
through general revenue local governments seek-
appropriations. While ing water supplies to
paying $31.70 less per


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