February 6, 1979 y
TO: DONALD R. FEASTER, Executive Director
THROUGH: J.B. BUTLER, Director, Department of Planning & Regulation
ZEB PALMER, Director, Planning & Programming Divisio "/C
FROM: JOKN R. WEHLE, Chief, Planning Section, PPDe q'
SUBJECT: Wording Changes to Southwest Florida Water Management District's
Portion of the State Water Use Plan (SWUP)
Attached are wording changes received by the Department of Environmental
Regulation (DER) concerning our portion of the SWUP. Some of the wording
changes are supported by DER staff, others are not.
The change recommended on page 1 of the attachment is not supported by DER
staff. The change is recommended by J.T. Griffiths who believes that our
Governing Board "accepted" the District Water Management Plan 1978 (DWMP-78).
However, our Governing Board did formally "approve" our DWMP-78. Therefore,
we are opposed to this change.
On page 2 of the attachment, DER recommends two amendments which are, of course,
DER staff supported. One purpose of the amendments is to remove the name
"Florida Power and Light Corporation" and substitute the words "a major Florida
electric power company" in reference to a potential Peace River water user.
The second purpose of the amendments is to eliminate reference to any impacts
to the Peace River or other water users due to the potential development of
the DeSoto site until such time that detailed studies have been performed.
Although we do not recommend formal approval of these changes in wording, we
are not opposed to them.
On page 3 of the attachment, the Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group,
Inc. (FCG) recommends deletion of any reference to Florida Power and Light
Corporation's potential development of the DeSoto site. It was FCG's opinion
that the Plan was being too specific in it's discussion. The DER staff is
not supportive of these changes. We emphatically do not support FCG's recom-
mended word changes because efforts to develop the DeSoto site is highly
probable and this fact must be included in any assessment of water management
activities in the Peace River Basin.
In summary, we do not recommend formal approval of any of the changes suggested
to our portion of the SWUP. Further, we specifically oppose the recommended
changes that are on pages 1 and 3 of the attachment.
cc: J.T. Ahern