STATE OF FLORIDA- WATER POLICY
It is the policy of the State of Florida to assure an
adequate and affordable supply of water of needed quality to
meet all demands of reasonable and beneficial uses.
It is the responsibility of the Florida Department of
Environmental Regulation to implement state water policy. This
responsibility shall be undertaken with maximum coordination
of the various water management districts.
It is essential to clearly articulate the factors to be
considered in determining "Reasonable and Beneficial Use".
The Department and water management districts shall determine
these factors and they shall be adopted by rule.
It is the policy of the state to protect natural water
systems, particularly wetlands and floodplains. High priority
should be given to the acquisition of wetlands, particularly
those adjacent to state sovereign lands. In carrying out this
policy, the constitutional right of private ownership of land
shall be fully protected.
Permitted uses of water shall be limited to reasonable,
beneficial uses and water conservation shall be a condition of
Intracounty, intrabasin and intradistrict water supplies
should be developed to the maximum extent practicable prior to
consideration of intercounty, interbasin or interdistrict transfers.
Diversion of water from one basin to another shall be made
only upon approval of the Florida Cabinet acting upon recommendations
by the Department and the water management district, or districts,
involved. The supplying area's right to reasonable and beneficial
use of the water transferred shall not be violated.
It shall be required thdit beneficiaries pay for water
management works where appropriate.
A multiplicity of federal, state, district and local
regulatory programs now exist for the protection and control
of water and related lands. It shall be the policy of the state
to cooperate in these programs. However, regulatory authority shall
be retained within the state to the maximum extent possible.
Elimination of duplicate and overlapping regulations shall be
given high priority.
ARCHIBALD R. UPOIKE, JR.
PO'T OFFICE BOX 331
LAKE WALES, FLORIDA 33853
November 20, 1980
E E '.*c tive
Mr. Donald R. Feaster
Executive Director NOV Z 1980
Southwest Florida Water
5060 U.S. Hwy 41, South
Brooksville, FL 33512 i
Enclosed please find a suggested
approach on Water Policy prepared by Riley
Miles, Executive Director of the Water Users
Association, with whom I am sure you are
acquainted. I find his suggested approach
to be worthyof study by those of us who are
going to critique the Water Policy as pre-
sently proposed. I think it might be a good
idea to make copies available to other members
of the Governing Board and such members of
your staff working on the problem prior to
our December meeting.
I have been trying to contact Riley
today to see if he wants to be publicly
identified as the author of this and if I fail
to do so and you don't hear otherwise from me
prior to receiving this, would you please try
to contact him at 305-846-3345 and see if you
can determine his wishes.
Kindest personal regards,
A. R. Updike, Jr.