Title: Memorandum detailing the West Coast Regional Water Supply
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Title: Memorandum detailing the West Coast Regional Water Supply
Alternate Title: Memorandum detailing the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority Meeting of February 16, 1981.
Physical Description: 1p.
Language: English
Publication Date: Feb. 20, 1981
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 2, Folder 3B ( STATE WATER POLICY ), Item 106
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00051116
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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February 20, 1981


TO: DONALD R. FEASTER, Executive Director

FROM: ROBERT R. ATCHISON, Public Information Office---

RE: West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority Meeting of February 16

The major portion of the meeting involved a discussion of the Department
of Environmental Regulation (DER) proposed state water policy. Lou de la
Parte indicated at the outset that he was unhappy with some of the com-
promises he said the District has made with DER. He said the policy is
an attempt to restate what the water management districts are already
doing, but it will accomplish little except make work for lawyers. He
also said he has sent Buddy Blain a letter pointing out the Authority's
objections to the draft. Lou indicated that Tallhassee feels it did the
Authority a favor by not abolishing it last year as was suggested by some.
He said he doesn't recommend opposing the policy if it's supported by the
state leadership and if the objectionable references are deleted. If
they're not deleted, then he recommended a posture of "why have it." He
said DER has the water management districts "in tow" although they don't
like it, but feel they must go along since the districts' authority is
derived from DER. He suggested that the Authority not participate in
the workshop process because it was felt that it will be conducted by
a lower level staff member of DER and that, generally speaking, little
attention is paid to comments made in such a setting. No one ventured
an opinion on how the recent change in DER's leadership will affect the
policy adoption process.

Other comments included a statement by St. Petersburg's utilities direc-
tor that the draft proposal accords no preference to prior use, that it
contains references to the water crop theory and that it does not define
conservation. John Allen essentially reiterated the same objections he
recently voiced to the Pinellas County Commission. Carl Lynn said the
policy is an attempt to amend the statutes by rule.

Dale Twachtmann said he doesn't see the need for a policy, and if one
is necessary, a paragraph would do. He commented that Tampa is the
only city covered by the proposed surface criteria (apparently not re-
membering Bradenton and Manatee County). He said at times no water is
allowed to flow out of the Hillsborough Reservoir and that could be
interpreted by some as harmful to the resource.

A consensus was reached that the Authority take no formal position at
this time but reserve that option for later use if necessary.

cc: Governing Board J. T. Ahern
N. P. Stoker J3.E. Curren
J. R. Wehle ^. M. Blain
G. W. Kuhl W. T. Allee

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