Title: First cut - State Water Policy with attachments
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Publication Date: July 17, 1980
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this section, Part II of the Florida Water Resources 373.226 Existing uses.-
Act of 1972, as amended, preempts the regulation of (1) All existing uses of water, unless otherwise
the consumptive use of water as defined in this act. exempted from regulation by the provisions of this
Hbitory.-. 9. ch. 76-243; a. 1. ch. 77-174 chapter, may be continued after adoption of this per-
mit system only with a permit issued as provided
373.219 Permits required.- herein.
(1) The governing board or the department may (2) The governing hoard or the department shall
require suchpermits for consumpntive use of water issue an initial permit for the continuation of all
and may impose suc i reasonble conditions as are uses in existence before the effective date of imple-
necessary to assr thtsuch use is con sistnt with mentation of this part if the existing use is a reasona-
eoverall objectives of the district or dnart me t ble beneficial use as defined in s. 373.019(5) and is
i-nd is not harmful t the water resources ofthe area allowable under the common law of this state.
However, no permit shal r^ll rr ,m ti (3) Application for permit under the provisions
consumption eI watr by individual users. of subsection (2) must be made within a period of 2
(2) In the event that any person shall le a com- years from the effective date of implementation of
plaint with the governing board or the department these regulations in an area. Failure to apply within
that any other person is making a diversion, with- this period shall create a conclusive presumption of
drawal, impoundment, or consumptive use of water abandonment of the use, and the user, if he desires
not expressly exempted under the provisions of this to revive the use, must apply for a permit under the
chapter and without a permit to do so, the governing provisions of s. 373.229.
board or the department shall cause an investigation itory. 4. rt 729 2.c 71
to be made, and if the facts stated in the complaint 373.229 Application for permit.-
are verified the governing board or the department (1) All permit applications filed with the govern-
shall order the discontinuance of the use. ing board or the department under this part and
History.-- 2, part Ii. ch. 72299; s 9. ch. 73190 notice thereof required under s. 373.116 shall con-
373.223 Conditions for a permit.- tain:
373223 Conitions for a permit. (a) The name of the applicant and his address
( To obtain a permit pursuant to he provisi or, in the case of' a corporation, the address of its
of this chapter, the applicant must establish that the principal business office;
proposed use of water: (b) The date of filing;
(a Is reasonae benecial se as defined in s. (c) The date set for a hearing, if any;
373.019Cly: and (d) The source of the water supply;
(b) Will not interfere with any presently existing (e) The quantity of water applied for;
legal use of wa te; and ( The use to be made of the water and any
(c) Is consistent with the uubli interest. limitation thereon;
(2) The governing board or the department may (g) The place of use;
authorize the holder of a use permit to transport and (h) The location of the well or point of diver-
use ground or surface water beyond overlying land, sion; and
across county boundaries, or outside the watershed (i) Such other information as the governing
from which it is taken if the governing board or board or the department may deem necessary.
department determines that such transport and use (2) The notice shall state that written objections
is consistent with the public interest, and no local to the proposed permit may be filed with the govern-
government shall adopt or enforce any law, ordi- ing board or the department by a specified date. The
nance, rule, regulation, or order to the contrary. governing board or the department, at its discretion,
(3) The governing board or the department, by may request further information from either appli-
regulation, may reserve from use by permit, ann cant or objectors, and a reasonable time shall be
cants water in such locations and quantities and m-r allowed for such responses.
"such seasons of the year as in itsu vudmenta ma be (3) If the proposed application is for less than
riuired for tie pro ectpoion 0f fis d wilii \ or f1if 100,000 gallons per day, the governing board or the
lan ty. Such reservations shallbe department mav consi(ler the application and any
subject to periodic review and revision in the light of objections thereto without a hearing. If the proposed
changed conditions. lHowever, all presently existing application is 100, gallons per dy or more
legal uses of'water sai be ro t c and no object ion is received, the governing honrd or
leal uses o. wtr shallr.. .. so ., ..F.i.. the department, after proper investigation by its
U sh ntl h3 rart tL oe pu. i. eist.. stall, may, at its discretion, approve the application
iit.ory.-. 3, part ii. ch 72.29.. o. Ich 73pr90. i P-tch 76.243. without a hearing.
373.224 Existing permits.-Any permits or per- "7lfory.-1 5. part ii. dh 72 299; ch. <73-190;.. II, ch. 76-243; a I. ch
mit agreements for consumptive use of water execut-
ed or issued by an existing flood control, water man- 373.232 Citation,of rule.-In addition to any
agement, or water regulatory district pursuant to other provisions within this part or any rules pro-
chapter 373 or chapter 37R prior to l)ecember 31, mulgated hereunder, the permitting agency shall,
1976, shall remain in full force and efTect in accord- when requesting information for a permit applica-
ance with its terms until otherwise modified or re- tion pursuant to this part or such rules promulgated
evoked as authorized herein, hereunder, cite a specific rule. If a request for infor-
nsitory.-,. ii. ch 73 i9o. a 3. ch 75s125 mation cannot be accompanied by a rule citation,



s of chapter 120, issue emergency or- effects upon the areas from whence such water is
he existence of such an emergency and withdrawn.
.such action. including, but not limited History.- 1. ch 74 114; a 43. ch. 7965.
ng, rotating, limiting, or prohibiting
the use of the water resources of the district, be tak- 373.1961 Water production.--ln the perform-
en as the executive director, with the concurrence of ance of, and iin t()nljuncti with, its other powers
the governing board, deems necessary to meet the and duties, the xoverniig board of a water manage-
ment district existing pursuant to chapter 373:
emergency. (1) May engage in planning to assist counties,
'(5) The Department of Natural Resources shall municipalities, and regional water supply authori-
review, and may rescind, modify, or approve, any ties in meeting the water supply needs of the rapidly
policy rule, regulation, or order of a water manage- urbanizing areas within its district in such manner
ment district authorized by this section. as will give priority to reducing adverse environmen-
History.-rs ch 72.730.. 25. rh. 73.o. 1. I.h 73295. il. ch. 78 95. tal effects of improper or excessive withdrawals of
'Note.-Se- Ii. ch 7522 is 373 1141 which vests exclusive authority to
review ponliiea. rules, regulations. and orders of water management diatrirts water from concentrated areas.
in the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Land and Water Adjudicatory (2) Upon request of a county, municipality, or
Commission. regional water supply authority, shall assist such
ote.-Formera 378 152 counties and municipalities and water supply au-
373.191 County water conservation projects. thorities in meeting the water supply needs of the
-The several counties of the state may cooperate rapidly urbanizing areas within its district in such
manner as will give priority to reducing adverse en-
with the division by engaging in county water devel- environmental effects of improper or excessive with-
opment and conservation projects and may use coun- drawals of water from concentrated areas.
ty funds and equipment for this purpose and to do all (3) At the request of a county, municipality, or
other things necessary in connection with the devel- regional water supply authority, may establish wa-
opment and conservation of the county's water re- ter production and transmission facilities for the
sources consistent with the provisions of this law and purpose of supplying water to such count ies. munici-
the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto. palities, and regional water supply authorities.
History.--. 13. ch 57.3s1); s 25. 35.ch i9 sl (4) Shall not engage in local distribution.
(5) Shall not deprive, directly or indirectly, any
373.196 Legislative findings.-- county wherein water is withdrawn of the prior
(1) It is the finding of the Legislature that cooper- right to the reasonable and beneficial use of water
active efforts between municipalities, counties, water which is required to supply adequately the reasona-
management districts, and the Department ofEnvi- ble and beneficial needs of the county or any of the
ronmental Regulation are mandatory in order to inhabitants or property owners therein.
meet the water needs of' rapidly urbanizing areas in 46) May provide water and financial assistance to
a manner which will supply adequate and dependa- regional water supply authorities, but may not pro-
ble supplies ofwater where needed without resulting vide water to counties and municipalities which are
in adverse effects upon the areas from whence such located within the area of such authority without
water is withdrawn. Such eflbrts should utilize all the specific approval of'the authority or, in the event
practical means of obtaining water, including, but of the authority's disapproval, the approval of the
not limited to, withdrawals of surface water and Governor and Cainet sitting as the Land and Water
ground water, recycling of waste water, and desalini- Adjudicatory (Commission. The district may supply
zatioh, and will necessitate not only cooperation but water at ies nd thn terms mno t alyg areed to byth
also well-coordinated activities. The purpose of this governing board and specifically approved by the
act is to provide additional statutory authority for Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Land and Water
such cooperative and coordinated efforts. Adjudicatory Coinmmission.
(2) Municipalities and counties are encouraged (7) May acquire title to such interest as is neces-
to create regional water supply authorities as au- sary in real property, by purchase, gift, devise, lease,
thorized herein. It is further the intent that niunici- eminent domain, or otherwise, for water production
palities, counties, and regional water supplyau and transmission consistent with this section. HIow-
t. ,- i royt h.e ih primary responsibility or watf.r ever, the districtt shall not use any of the eminent
--iT 'i. ,and o wer--,ianement districts and their domain powers herein granted to acquire winter ;and
^ { Dbonrds are to en fiic only in t hose functions water rights already devoted to reasonable and bene-
that are incidental tothe exercise of their blood co.- ficial use or any water production or transmission
trnI nd wnter -qnnenj jwor thacilities owned by any county, municipality, or re-
"(3) Nothing herein shall be construed to preclude gional water supply authority.
the various municipalities and counties from contin- Hllitory.-- 2.ch 74 114; 14a ch 76.243
uing to operate existing water production and trans- 373.1962 Regional water supply authori-
mission facilities or to enter into cooperative agree- ties.-
ments with other municipalities and counties for the (1) By agreement between local governmental
purpose of meeting their respective needs for de- units created or existing pursuant to the provisions
pendable and adequate supplies of water, provided of Art. VIII of the State Constitution, pursuant to
the obtaining of water through such operations shall the Florida Interlocal (ooperation Act of 1969, s.
not be done in a manner which results in adverse 163.01, and upon the approval of the 'Governor and

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F.S.1979 ,_' WATER RESOURCES Ch. 373

applying agency has jurisdiction. (c) The control ofsuch waters for such purposes
(b) Require compliance with the provisions of as en vonieni proieciondr age, Hood control,
this law by county or district forces under their con- and water story
trol; by those individuals or corporations filing plats (d) The quantity of water available for applica-
for record and by individuals, corporations or agen- tion to a reasonable-beneficial use.
cies seeking authority to discharge surface or sub- (e) The prevention of wasteful, uneconomical,
surface drainage into tidal waters, impractical, or unreasonable use- s of water re-
(3) The board of county commissioners of any so urso
county or the governing board ofany water manage- ( Presently exercised domestic use and permit
ment district, municipality or water district desiring ri ht-
to establish a saltwater barrier line is authorized to o g) The preservationand enhancement ofth wa-
reimburse the department for any expense entailed ter qulity of the state and the provisions o the state
in making an investigation to determine the proper water quality plan.
location of the saltwater barrier line, from any funds (h) The state water resources policy as expressed
available to them for general administrative pur- by this chapter.
poses. (3) During the process of formulating or revising
(4) The department, any board of county commis- the state water iuse plan, the department shall con-
sioners, and the governing board of any water man- suit with, and carefully evaluate the recommenda-
agement district, municipality, or water district hav- tions of, concerned federal, state, and local agencies,
ing competent jurisdiction over an area in which a particularly the governing boards of the water man-
saltwater barrier is established shall be charged agement districts, and other interested persons.
with the enforcement of the provisions of this sec- (4) Each governing board is directed to cooperate
tion, and authority for the maintenance of actions with the department in conducting surveys and in-
set forth in s. 373.129 shall apply to this section. vestigations of water resources, to furnish the de-
(5) The provisions of s. 373.191 shall apply specif- apartment with all available data of a technical nan-
ically to the authority of the board oflcounty commis- ture, and to advise and assist the department in the
sioners, or to the governing board ofa water manage- formulation and drafting of those portions of the
ment district, a municipality, or a water district hav- state plan applicable to the district.
ing jurisdiction over an area in which a saltwater (5) The department shall not adopt or modify the
barrier line is established, to expend funds from state water use plan or any portion thereof without
whatever source may be available to them for the first holding a public hearing on the matter. At least
purpose of constructing saltwater barrier dams, 90 days in advance of such hearing, the department
dikes, and spillways within existing canals and shall notify any affected governing boards, and shall
streams in conformity with the purpose and intent give notice of such hearing by publication within the
of the board in establishing the saltwater barrier affected region pursuant to the provisions of'chapter
line. 120, except such notice by publication shall be ex-
Hiitory.-a 2. ch. 63 21;; as 25. 35. ch. 69.106; s 25, ch 73-190; s. 14. ch tended at least 90 days in advance of such hearings.
78.9.5; s 40. ch 79 .65; s 85. ch. 79-164.
Note.-Former a 373.194 (6) For the purposes of this plan the department
may, in consultation with the affected governing
373.036 State water use plan.-- board, divide each water management district into
(1) The department shall proceed as rapidly as sections which shall conform as nearly as practica-
possible to study existing water resources in the ble to hydrologically controllable areas and describe
state: means and methods of conserving and aug- all water resources within each area.
meeting such waters; existing and contemplated (7) The department shall give careful considera-
needs and uses of water for protection and procrea- tion to the requirements of public recreation and to
tion of fish and wildlife, irrigation, mining, power the protection and procreation of fish and wildlife.
development, and domestic, municipal, and industri- The department may prohibit or restrict other fu-
al uses; and all other related subjects, including ture uses on certain designated bodies of water
drainage, reclamation, flood-plain or flood-hazard which may be inconsistent with these objectives.
area zoning, and selection of reservoir sites. The de- (8) The department may designate certain uses
apartment shall cooperate with the Executive Offlice in connection with a particular source of supply
of the Governor, or its successor agency, progressive- which, because of the nature of the activity or the
ly to formulate. as a functional element of a compre- amount of water required, would constitute an unde-
hensive state plan, an integrated, coordinated plan sirable use for which the governing board may deny
for the use and development of the waters of the a permit.
state, based on the above studies. This plan, with (9) The department may designate certain uses
such amendments, supplements, and additions as in connection with a particular source of supply
may be necessary from time to time, shall be known which, because of the nature of the activity or the
as the state water use plan. amount of water required, would result in an en-
(2) In the formulation of the state water use plan, hancement or improvement of the water resources of
the department shall give due consideration to: the area. Such uses shall be preferred over other
(a) The attainment of maximum reasonable-ben- uses in the event of competing applications under
eficial use of water for such purposes as those re- the permitting systems authorized by this chapter.
Terred to in subsection (1). (10) The department, in cooperation with the Ex-
(b) The maximum economic development of the ecutive Oflice of the Governor, or its successor agen-
water resources consistent with other Use.s cy, may add to the state water use plan any other

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tion project; measures authorized. 373.013 Short title.-This chapter shall be
known as the "Florida Water Resources Act of
373.012 Topographic mapping.- 1972."
(1) In order to accelerate topographic mapping in Ietorvy. --. part I, ch 72299
this state by the United States Geological Survey,
the Department of Transportation is hereby author- 373.016 Declaration of policy.-
ized and directed to set aside, to pledge, and to make (i) The waters in the state are among its basic
available annually out of its State Transportation resources. Such waters have not heretofore been con-
Trust Fund the sum of $30,000; and the Board of served or fully controlled so as to realize their full
Trustees of the Internal Imnprovement Trust Fund is beneficial use.
hereby authorized and directed to set aside, to pledge (2 It is further declared to be the liof the
and to make available annually out of the Land Ac- Legisl:tiure: t .. .
quisition Trust Fund the sum of $10,000; and the a Topride r the management of water an
South Florida Water MaInagement District out of its roo ,
funds to be derived out of t he ,rocee ds of' special a ) nd'ropeF tii a Llrceldg. at(!^ ^.
assessments of its flood control thaxs, is adut horuizd amS pul
and directed to set aside, to pledge and to make avail- ts. srvoirs, and other works and to provide
able annually such sum as may be required to meet jer torae fr ia purposes -
the needs for topograpi ic ml)li ing of areas aflectig (d o p tma r foo s, erosion
said district. Such sums shall be delivered to the ad exces !a "---- ..
Treasurer of the United States or to other proper ) Topreserve natural resources, fish and wild-
oflicer, to be applied by the Department ofthe Interi- life; ": "
or, U. S. Geological Survey, as to said D)epartment of (1) To ,omlote recreational development, protect
Transportation and to said Board of Trustees of the ulic lanis, and assist in inaintaiing the iaviga-
Internal Improvement Tru-st Fund, toward the pay- bjlity of rivers and harbors; andi
"ment of not exceeding one-half the cost of standard (g) Otherwise to promote the heal ety, and
topograpjhic mapping in this state conducted by the general welfare of thejx,_.ijl.tj. li state.
United States Geological Survey and as to said flood (T-'1 TwLegislature recognizes thaFt tlewatcr re-
control district to be appllied toward the payment of source problems of the state vary from region to
such proportion or part of such cost as said district region, both in magnitude and complexity. It is
may determine. Provided, however, that said sums therefore the intent ofthe Legislature to vest in the
authorized in this section for the Department of Department of Environmental Regulation or its suc-
Transportation and for the Board of'Trustees of'the cessor agency the power and responsibility toacco!m-
Internal Improvement Trust Fund shall not prevent plish tle conservation, prot cUtiorjQ li)nagemcrlt i
either of said agencies from providing additional O1filTtlt'ie wafers elstat Ea d with sullicient
amounts for tol)og'raphic mapping of areas which I litY itai.d-discrtion no anmnlih ihe nds
either agency may consider of' priority status in the through delegate ion ofanopnriate powers to the var-
interest of said agencies. ous1 w tde a nagentd !iste The department
(2) To further accelerate the rate at which topo- nay exercise aniy iower hericn au-thorized to be ex-
graphic mapping may be carried on in Florida, any ercised by a water management district; however, to
state agency having finds available for the Ipur'pose, the ratest extent practicable, such power should
any county or drainage or reclamation or flood con- be ldeegted to the governing board of a water man-
trol district organized under the laws of this state, cement dist 7 3.c
any person, firm or corporation. is authorized to con-
tribute to the cost of such mapping by depositing 373.019 Definitions.--Wlhen appearing in this
with the Department of Transportation such chapter or in any rule, regulation, or order adopted
amounts as may be determined to be applied in like pursuant thereto, the following words shall, unless
manner toward tol)ograp)hic mapping in this state as the context clearly indicates otherwise, mean:
set forth in subsection (1). (1) "D)epartment" means the Departmennt of En-
(3) The department of Trarnsportation, the vironmental Regulation or its successor agency or
Board of' Trustees of' the Internal Improvenment agencies.
Trust Fund of this state, and the South Florida Wa- (2) "Water management district" means any
ter Management District are here)by authorized to flood control, resource management, or water man-
make such arrangements or enter into such agree- agement district operating under the authority of
ments with the United States as may be necessary to this chapter.
carry out the purposes of' this section. (3) "Governing board" means the governing
(4) The Board of Tl'rustee(s of' the Internal Im- board of a water management district.
Improvement Trust Fund, as and when copies of' topo- (4) "'Reason:lble-beneficial use' means t ihe,
graphic maps are made available to it, shall file such water in sucIh quantity as is n'cesnrv fnr or-mnmir
maps in the same manner as other maps and plats and ,ThIcent utilizalon for)a purpose and in a ni-
of' land surveys by the United States, and the maps r wic is both reasonable and consistent wth the
shall be available for examination by any interested P"-'c1 lt'er10.
person. ( eson IllS aiy and all persons, natural
Hlislory.- 1-4, ch 57.775; s. 2. ch 61-119. s 1. ch 65475; 23. 27.35. or artificial, including any individual, fiirn, associa-
ohl 69-l1W: ss 2. 3. ch. 735:7; 35. rh 79.i5 tion, organization, partnership, business trust, cor-


373.196. (2) Municipalities, counties and
regional water supply authorities have the
primary responsibility for water supply.
373.196 (2) Water management districts and their basins
are to engage only in those [water supply]
functions that are incidental to the exercise
of their flood control and water management
373.219 (1) Permits for consumptive use of water may be
required which may impose such reasonable
conditions as are necessary to assure that
such use is consistent with the overall
objectives of the'water management district
and is not harmful to the water resources
of the area.
373.219 (1) No permit shall be required for domestic
consumption of water by individual users.
373.223 (1) (a) Any proposed use of water must be a reasonable
373.223 (1) (b) beneficial use of water which will not
373.223 (1) (c) interfere with presently existing legal use
of water and is consistent with the public
373.223 (3) Water may be reserved from use in such
locations and quantities, and for such
seasons of the year as may be required for
the protection of fish and wildlife or the
public health and safety. Such reservations
shall be subject to periodic review and
revision in the light of changed conditions.
373.223 (3) All presently existing legal uses of water
shall be protected so long as such use is
not contrary to the public interest.



Numerous expressions of State Water Policy appear
throughout Chapter 373, Florida Statutes. The statements
listed below are some of the more explicit expressions
of such policy which have been excerpted or paraphrased
from the sections indicated.

373.016 (1) The waters in the State are among its
basic resources. Such waters have not
heretofore been conserved or fully
controlled so as to realize their full
beneficial use.

[It is the policy of the state to:]

373.016 (2) (a) Provide for management of water and
related land resources.
373.016 (2) (b) Promote conservation, development and proper
utilization of surface and ground water.
373.016 (2) (c) Develop and regulate dams, improvements,
reservoirs, and others works and to provide
water storage for beneficial purposes.
373.016 (2) (d) Prevent damage from floods, soil erosion
and excessive drainage.
373.016 (2) (e) Preserve natural resources, fish and wildlife.
373.016 (2) (f) Protect public lands.
373.016 (2) (f) Promote recreational development.
373.016 (2) (f) Assist in maintaining navigability of
rivers and harbors.
373.016 (2) (g) Promote health, safety and general welfare
of the people of this State.
373.016 (3) Accomplish conservation, protection, manage-
ment and control of the waters of this State.
373.016 (3) Delegate appropriate powers to the various
water management districts to provide
sufficient flexibility and discretion.
373.019 (4) Use water in such quantity as is necessary
for economic and efficient utilization
for purposes and in manners which are both
reasonable and consistent with the public
373.036 (2) (a) Allow maximum reasonable beneficial use of
water for protection and procreation of
fish and wildlife.
373.036 (2) (b) Maximize economic development of the water
resources consistent with other uses.
373.036 (2) (c) Control waters for purposes of environmental
protection, drainage, flood control and
water storage.
373.036 (2) (e) Prevent wasteful, uneconomical, impractical
or unreasonable uses of water resources.
373.036 (2) (f) Protect presently exercised domestic use and
permit rights.
373.036 (2) (g) Preserve and enhance the water quality.

Donald R. Feaster 2 July 17, 1980

on normal flood flows and levels and provide for the protection
of public health and safety.

b. Encourage and provide assistance in the assessment of non-
structural solutions to flooding, soil erosion and drainage problems.

6. Environmental Protection, Recreation and Navigation

a. Water resources will be managed in a manner that will minimize
the overall adverse environmental effects.

b. Water will be reserved for essential non-withdrawal demands
such as navigation, recreation and the maintenance of natural systems.

c. The need for water production will be balanced with the need
for environmental conservation in the best interest of the public.

d. Encourage the multiple use of all public lands consistent with
their original purpose.

7. Health, Safety and General Welfare

a. Manage the resource in order to ensure a safe, sustained
water supply.

b. Provide for an appropriate Flood Operations Plan in concert
with local emergency disaster preparedness.

c. Provide an enforceable Water Shortage Plan as part of the
regulatory effort.

d. Encourage the interconnection of all appropriate water supply systems.

8. Interagency Coordination and Public Relations

a. Water management programs should be coordinated with all other
levels of government to provide for comprehensive growth planning.

b. There should be an active public awareness effort as part of
water management programs especially in the area of floodplain
and wetland protection, water conservation, water demand, water
availability and environmental needs.
9. Legal and Administrative

a. The administrative responsibilities for water management programs
such as water quantity, water quality, deep well injection,
water conservation, environmental advocacy and water supply
should be identified.
JRW:drm. '
cc: L. M. Blain, G.W. Kuhl, B. Parker, J. T. Ahern, N. P. Stoker, W. T. Allee


July 17, 1980


TO: DONALD R. FEASTER, Executive Director

FROM: JOHN R. WEHLE, Interagency Coordinator

RE: First cut-State Water Policy

1. Management of Water and Related Land Resources

a. Coordinate water management with local land use plans and

b. Provide technical assistance to incorporate water management
goals into land use plans and activities.

c. Develop water management plans and regulations based on hydrologic

2. Water development, use and conservation

a. The water resource should be developed based upon safe sustained
yield concepts.

b. Encourage the best use of water for the type of water available.

c. The efficient use of the water resource will be required
(includes conservation and reuse).

d. All regions should utilize local water resources to the greatest
degree that is economically and environmentally feasible before
considering the transfer of more distant water resources.

3. Management and Regulation of water projects

a. Encourage as much non-structural water management as possible.

4. Management and Storage of Surface Water

a. Encourage the preservation and use of natural water storage
areas (lakes, streams, wetlands) rather than their structural

b. Provide for the management of surface water runoff in order to
prevent excessive drainage.

5. Flood Protection, Soil Erosion, and Drainage
a. Encourage and provide assistance in the development of land use
regulations that discourage inappropriate development within
11 floodplains and wetlands in order to prevent detrimental impacts
Odbl T g "inr

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