delayed section yanked
TALLAHASSEE (AP)- By BETSY ROBERTSON
At the request of Gov. Bob Sej. John Ware, R-St. Pe- -.. blntffWitr
Graham, newly appointed tersburg, appeared at the A controversial section of a proposed state water policy
Environmental Regulation public hearing and raised worked out during the past eight months was with-
Secretary Vicki Tschiwkel doubts whether the DER drawn Friday for changes requested this week by Gov. Bob
delayed adoption of pro- has authority to set hew Graham.
posed water-management criteria for water manage- "We will redraft the entire first section in a more
standards because the gov- ment positive manner," said Vicki Tschinkel, secretary of the
ernor wants tougher guide- He said the state should Department of Environmental Regulation.
lines, she said yesterday. strive to guarantee ade- About 75 people attended a public hearing Friday, in
"Gov. Graham wants quate water supplies to the which environmentalists and water-management district 3
stricter policy statements public, and he cautioned lawyers bickered for six hours over wording in other see-
on use of water and on con- that water should not be tions of the policy.
servation, and I agree with used as a political weapon Tschinkel said she had decided to delay adoption of
him," Ms. Tschinkel said. j by government officials. general policies in thq 11-page water-management rule
For 10 years, various 'after she met Monday with Graham.
state agencies and bureau- "I have some concerns myself that the wording should
crats have been discussing be strengthened," she said.
methods to standardize the Graham urged that the policy include stronger lan-
regulation of water use. guage on floodplain protection, water conservation and
The latest proposal, in the alternatives to dams or ditches, Tschinkel said.
works for a year, comes Although a policy with rules for preservation of fresh
from the Department of water is required under- a 1972 state law, agencies rever-
EnvironmentalRegulation. .-have put together a document that satisfied diverse inter-
"We're trying to estab- ests.-
lish a uniform baseline for Tschinkel did adopt eight sections of the policy as
further rule-making by the standards for water-management districts in making
various water-manage their own rules for water use. Environmental Regulation
kel said. ,We face a dou- is authorized only to review the districts' rules, which can
bling of population by the be appealed to the governor and Cabinet.
f the century, andthis The current draft of the-policy is the product of
puts the burden on us to months of negotiations-by Environmental Regulation offi-
use our water resources cials to clarify their relationship with the state's five wa-
wisely., o ter-management districts.
Leaders of DER held a L"This is sheer stupidity," Buddy Blain, lawyer for the
public hearing yesterday, SOwest Florida Water Management District, said of the
well-attended by industrial delay. s (section) is the heart and soul orwhat we've
water users and environ, been doing all these months."
mentalists. However, the Conservationists have complained that the proposed
most controversial sections policy is biased toward water quantity at the expense of
of the proposed statewide wildlife and water quality. "
water policy were de- Jim Swan, a.fishing guide from Kissimmee, and
ferred, probably until June. Charles Lee, spokesman for the Florida Audubon Society,
Conservationists were said they were pleased with the delay until June 8 for
pleased that Ms. Tschinkel adoption of the rest of the policy.
agreed to include a water- "No policy is better than the garbage we had," Lee said. -
protection clause in the b ..
The inserted paragraph 1
reads: "The waters of the
state are among its.basic 47 C
resources. Such waters V \
should be managed to con-
serve and protect natural LA
resources and scenic beau-
ty and to realize the full f
beneficial use of the re-
When the policy docu-
ment is adopted by the V
DER secretary, the guide-
lines will have the force of
The overall impact of
uniform standards will be
an increase in the state's
effort to conserve water
and to guard against deple-
tion or pollution of fresh-
water supplies, Ms. Tschin-