October 7, 1970
TO: REGULATORY BOARD
FROM: GARALD G. PARKER, Chief Hydrologist
SUBJECT: REVISIONS TO CHAPTER 357R-1, FLORIDA
At the July meeting of the Regulatory Board representatives of the engineer-
ing and testing professions sought exemption from complying with the present
rules and regulations. Consequently the Board instructed the Hydrology staff
to write a new section of rules for this group.
In compliance with these instructions, the staff has diligently tried to write
a new section which would meet the approval of the engineers but would still
allow the District to pursue its objectives of protecting the water resources
from overdevelopment, depletion, deterioration, waste and unreasonable use,
while at the same time allowing maximum beneficial development and utili-
zation of the water resources.
The staff has tried to follow the order of "writing a new section" but found
the intermingling of water-well and test hole language in 357R-1 (both in the
printed version and as amended at the hearing on July 8th) made it impos-
sible. We could not leave the accepted language and write a new section
without producing a document impossible to understand, to enforce, and wholly
Therefore, we completely rewrote the rules and regulations, retaining as
much of the original wording as is appropriate and relevant, and at the same
time clarifying the language.
As now written, we believe we have accomplished what we need to have, namely
a set of rules and regulations that will allow us to meet our obligations, that
are to the point and understandable, and that will meet the essential requests
of the engineers. Basically we have separated water wells (made to produce
or accept water) from test holes (made for almost all other purposes). These
differences are clearly defined in appropriate places in the new text, a copy of
which is attached.
Re spectfully submitted,
Garald G. Parker, C. P. G.