17X.01 Declaration and Intent
.03 Water Use
.04 Water Supply
.05 Water Conservation
.06 Water Quality
.07 Flood Prevention and Control
.08 Wetlands Protection and Floodplain Management
.09 Water Projects
NORTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
M E M 0 R A N U M
TO: J. William McCartney
FROM: Rich McWi liams
DATE: October 15, 19U0
SUBJECT: State Water Puli`ies
A draft Starp Water Policy docu,.,nt was recently developed by
the Department of environmentall Regulation and circulated to the water
management districts. Subsequently, conferences were held to allow the
district board chairmen and executive directors to discuss the document
with Secretary Varn. A second draft of the document is expected by the
end of October.
In our opinion, the existing draft of state water policies has many
worthwhile and desirable features. However, water management by district
governing boards needs more emphasis in the draft, as well as the foTToyinq
examples of suggested changes:
Statutory authority for most of the policies should be more
The policy allowing preemption of an existing water use by one
that might be somewhat more "reasonable-beneficial" needs further
The policy calling for establishment of a saltwater barrier line,
statewide and strictly enforced, may call for efforts that are
currently premature in some areas.
Retroactive corrective -ctions regarding stormwater r',noff and
floodplain protection are required by several of the policies;
however, responsibility for carrying out the activities is not.
The policy requiring financing of water resources projected by
"these most directly benefited" could reslit in conflicting
There are other parts of the policy document that could also stana
some clarification or further investigation of possible ramifications.
However, it is far easier to point out potential faults than it is to
develop a document like this one. We recognize the work thai has gone inti
it and think that, for the most part, the policies are needed and workable -
and will become more so in later drafts.