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||Newspaper article by Mark Albright, "Council Alerted on Water,"
||Newspaper article by Mark Albright, "Council Alerted on Water," Independent, St. Petersburg.
||Nov. 17, 1975
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 2, Folder 4 ( ST. PETERSBURG, CITY OF V. SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT ), Item 19
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/ CLIPPING SERVICE
P.O. BOX 10278
TAMPA, FLORIDA 33609
"We're not mining water," asserted St. Petersburg Utili-
ties Directfr William )Duynslager today in a presentation
aimed at alerting the City Council of the impending return
of a multi-governmental water source range war that was
settled two years ago.
"We are merely intercepting that water flowing
outward undergroundTfrom the center of the state, just as if
it-were from a creek," Duynslager said, indicating the city's-
now-criticized water wellfields program is doing no more
than siphoning off the surplus from Pasco and Hillsbor-
ough county wellfields.
Duynslager geared a 30-minute presentation detailing j
the city's entire wellfield program and the water crop
theories upon which it is based to a council that is
outwardly worried that a $6-million investment it has al- -
ready plowed into expanding the wellfields is in danger.
That theory is being subjected to renewed criticism
from other partners in the five-government distirct water
management board, particularly Hillsborough County,
which has been mounting a political shootout over the
"city's consumptive use permits to draw more water.
Action against the city's water sources for the future has n 1
moved on several fronts recently, including:
A suit filed by the Lake Padgett Estates in Pasco Coun-
ty, claiming a time-delaying environmental impact study
should be done on the city's 1,400-acre Cypress Creek well-
field. A circuit judge last week ruled the city should do such .
" I a study, even though the state has said otherwise, but de-
nied an injunction to halt work there.
'-An obviously pre-determined vote last week by the
[ Southie \ ivs lnTaWat e afint ment District Board that
.cut the city's abjilihT*'i'ump from one of its older wells.
The council, upset because St. Petersburg is the only
government now severely restricted in what it can pump
even though it has spent the most in developing the
wellfields, today acted unofficially in moderation at what it
considered a serious affront.
"I tend to keepl quiet when I'm really mad," said an oth-
i erwise mum Mayor Charles Schuh. Vice Mayor J. W. Cate
was more vocal.
"We are tle only government that has been fully cooper-
ative on this boardd" he said. "The temptation is extremely
strong to tell them to take their little ball game and go
make mudpies. We ought to give them some indication
we've had it."
'The council determined unofficially to continue
attempts to put the board's subservient West Coast Water
Supply Authority in business in the city's Cypress Creek
wellfields, but only on a short-term lease basis.
Theyv also pIromised to fi\\ht\ future drclcrattions of a wa-
ter shortage area by the board when none exists. Previous
declarations have enhancedl the ablility of Plasco and Hills-
borough county land owners to) sell water rights which the
city considers:; a state resource.
Also in the wind is a possible lawsuit the city may file to
"get a weighted vote for larger governments in the water
management bIoard, stripping less populated P'asco of some
of its muscle there.
lDuy,,nsl:iI'r said the city is not expected to experience
any watt, shortages through the upcomingr:: dry season, ai-
though it is expected a daylight waier sprinkling ban will
be imposed for the third straight year. _._..j