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Title: Letters from Department of Environment Regulation
Alternate Title: Letters from Department of Environment Regulation commenting on concerns and clarifications needed following comments made at the Governing Board meeting on October 23, 1980
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General Note: Box 2, Folder 3A ( STATE WATER POLICY ), Item 32
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Brigadier General Henry C. Lane
Page Two
October 30, 1980


any particular version. However, I am committed to adopting
state water policy by rule, and to language specific enough
to be of regulatory and management importance. In my
opinion, the enclosed draft accurately reflects the level of
detail needed. The difficulty comes with attempting to
construct a document which is specific and covers precisely
what is needed, yet preserves maximum flexibility for water
management districts to adopt regional variations to policy.

In this regard, I need your help. DER staff has made a good
initial attempt to address state needs and your concerns,
but I feel we can go no further without substantial input
From your technical and legal staffs. I propose several
staff level meetings starting in November and culminating in
early January to refine, revise or even completely redraft
water policy to meet our mutual objectives. A progress
report could be provided to each board in December and water
policy would again be the main agenda item at the January
quarterly Meeting.

As to the schedule for adoption, I would like to have the
water policy adopted by the next legislative session. This
would reflect a good faith effort to meet the Legislature's
concern and provide a.tangible product for their review.,
However, if we should find, after the January Quarterly
Meeting, that much more work is required, I am certainly not
bound by this timeframe. Producing a meaningful consensus
water policy is far more important.

By this letter, I am requesting your permission to solicit
input regarding water policy from your staff. Realizing
that some of you will want to discuss this issue at more
length with your fellow board members, we will refrain from
scheduling staff level meetings until.after the next scheduled
board meeting.

Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,



Jacob D. Varn
Secretary
JDV/bs
Enclosure
cc: Honorable Bob Graham
Mr. J. William McCartney
(This letter was sent to
each WMD chairman)


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DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION








October 30, 1980



Brigadier General Henry C. Lane
Chairman
Northwest Florida Water
Management District
Route 2, Box 228
Pensacola, Florida 32506

Dear General Lane:

I regret having missed our Quarterly Meeting of October 23.
It is my understanding that some of my views concerning
water policy were presented, but perhaps some others need
clarification.

First, we very much wish to develop a "consensus" water
policy which is supportive of both water management district
and DER objectives. I am concerned that the question of the
respective responsibilities of DER and the water management
districts has emerged as an issue. The adoption of water
policy is definitely not an attempted "DER take-over" of
water management as was suggested during the meeting.

The second draft of water policy which you received at the
meeting should begin to allay such fears. The term "state"
is defined to mean "DER and the water management districts,"
which was our intent, and several paragraphs have been
revised or eliminated to reflect DER's commitment to a
decentralized approach to water management. At the risk of
creating confusion, I am enclosing a third draft of water
olicy which goes even further to express this philosophy.
I am also enclosing a copy of the Governor's speech of
October 23, 1980, which I feel reflects a commitment to
adopting state water policy, but which contains only general
guidelines as to the substance of such policy.

SSecondly, I wish to again emphasize that DER is not "locked-
Kin" to any particular set of policies. The early meetings
with each governing board chairman were an attempt to obtain
some board direction before our staffs became enamored with











Mr. Bruce Sampson
Page Two
October 30, 1980


any particular version. However., I am committed to adopting
state water policy by rule, and to language specific enough
to be of.regulatory and management importance. In my
opinion, the enclosed draft accurately reflects the level of
detail needed. The difficulty comes with attempting to
construct a document which is specific and covers precisely
what is needed, yet preserves maximum flexibility for water
management districts to adopt regional variations to policy.

In this regard, I need your help. DER staff has made a good
initial attempt to address state needs and your concerns,
but I feel we can go no further without substantial input
from your technical and legal staffs. I propose several
staff level meetings starting in November and culminating in
early January to refine, revise or even completely redraft
water policy to meet our mutual objectives. A progress
report could be provided to each board in December and water
policy would again be the main agenda item at the January
Quarterly Meeting.

As to the schedule for adoption, I would like to have the
water policy adopted by the next legislative session. This
would reflect a good faith effort to meet the Legislature's
concern and provide a tangible product for their review.
However, if we should find, after the January Quarterly
Meeting, that much more work is required, I am certainly not
bound by this timeframe. Producing a meaningful consensus
water policy is far more important.

By this letter, I am requesting your permission to solicit
input regarding water policy from your staff. Realizing
that some of you will want to discuss this issue at more
length with your fellow board members, we will refrain from
scheduling staff level meetings until after the next scheduled
board meeting.

Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,


Jaob D. Varn
Secretary

JDV/bs
Enclosure
cc: Honorable Bob Graham
Mr. Donald R. Feaster









TWIN TOWERS OFFICE BUILDING BOB GRAHAM
2600 BLAIR STONE ROAD GOVERNOR
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32301 JACOB D. VARN
SECRETARY


STATE OF FLORIDA

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION

October 30, 1980



Mr. Bruce Sampson
Chairman
Southwest Florida Water
Management District
2709 First Florida Tower
Tampa, Florida 33602

Dear Bruce:

I regret having missed our Quarterly Meeting of October 23.
It is my understanding that some of my views concerning
water policy were presented, but perhaps some others need
clarification.

First, we very much wish to develop a "consensus" water
policy which is supportive of both water management district
and DER objectives. I am concerned that the question of the
respective responsibilities of DER and the water management
districts has emerged as an issue. The adoption of water
policy is definitely not an attempted "DER take-over" of
water management as was suggested during the meeting.

The second draft of water policy which you received at the
meeting should begin to allay such fears. The term "state"
is defined to mean "DER and the water management districts,"
which was our intent, and several paragraphs have been
revised or eliminated to reflect DER's commitment to a
decentralized approach to water management. At the risk of
creating confusion, I am enclosing a third draft of water
policy which goes even further to express this philosophy.
I am also enclosing a copy of the Governor's speech of
October 23, 1980, which I feel reflects a commitment to
adopting state water policy, but which contains only general
guidelines as to the substance of such policy.

Secondly, I wish to again emphasize that DER is not "locked-
in" to any particular set of policies. The early meetings
with each governing board chairman were an attempt to obtain
some board direction before our staffs became enamored with





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