\V \ October 14, 1975 f
TO: DONALD R. FEASTER, Executive Director
THRU: E. D. VERGARA, Deputy Executive Director fO/'
Interagency Coordination /' "
FROM: WILLIAM T. ALLEE, Administrative Assistant3[j
RE: House Natural Resources Committee Meetings
October 6, 1975
You attended the referenced meeting on October 6th so I'll only offer a
couple of comments.
Dr. Herbert stated that in his opinion if funding for water management
districts becomes scarce, the districts should at least try to maintain
their data collection programs. However, he feels that if the March
referendum fails, no boundary changes should be implemented in order to
preserve SWFWMD's and FCD's taxing authority.
Representative Hawkins suggested that the Committee app e a bill
concerning water management districts, their powers, boundaries, respon-
sibilities, etc., prior to the March referendum. She felt the citizens
in her district (Collier County area) would be more likely to favor the
constitutional amendment if they knew which water management district
would have jurisdiction in their area. Collier County and the City of
Naples have apparently gone on record as preferring to join SWFWMD under
the basin concept.
October 7, 1975
In the morning Jack Woodard made a presentation on the Suwannee River
Water Management District. Four District Governing Board members were
Mr. Woodard said the SRWMD covers approximately 7,000 sq. mi. and has a
*population of about 160,000. He cited the District's one major problem
as lack of data and the two things needed to solve this problem -- time
Mr. Woodard reviewed with the Committee his activities while with DNR in
setting up the new water management districts and serving as secretary to
all three newly appointed Governing Boards.
Mr. Donald R. Feaster
October 14, 1975
The SRWMD's FY 75-76 budget will amount to some $677,500, consisting of the
Grant in Aid ($400,000), carry over from last year ($270,000), and funds
appropriated for coordination of the transfer of territories ($7,500).
Mr. Woodard said his staff (currently 23 employees) has been involved up till
now in obtaining any and all base data that is available on the District. This
data is being collected in a form compatible with computerization. Representa-
tive Bell asked if all districts stored such data in compatible forms so it
,( could be shared from one to another. He was told this is generally so and that
(I the Water Storage Retrieval System which is being developed by the USGS will
\^\ unify the State-wide data even more.
The SRWMD's two main involvements at present are: (1) State Water Use Plan
and (2) Management and Regulation of Water Resources (which apparently isn't
,J much of a problem since there is plenty of water to go around).
'V f t Mr. Woodard commented that his Director of Planning (Jim Stidham) would be
C rA0? reporting for work on October 13th.
SHe said the Suwannee District is unique in that there are few artesian wells
in existence, that it is basically a water table district. In response to a
ipS ', question Mr. Woodard stated that he is aware of two flowing wells in the
With regard to the proper boundary line between SRWMD and SWFWMD, Mr. Woodard
said his Goyverning Board will be mk-i-n- ng nal f Ti decTs ion-t-t __E e ng
ilQrder_.tQorecommend one to the Committee. He discussed two proposed ines
that would probably be more appropriate than the existing one but said the
two districts have not s etti ed on a-mutua-l y ag reeabl6e.. i neyet_. 'e commented
that if the Committee (and Legislatures-o decided, s'Distr-ict wou dnl-lFt Te
unhappy with the existing boundary line of the Waccasassa Basin.
Representative Fulford stated that the water management districts should start
-- looking for grants from other levels of government and not count on the State
for significant funding as next will be another tight year fiscally.
Mr. Woodard said he doesn't envision a major public works project in the
Suwannee District as it is almost entirely a groundwater district. He said
the District would conveniently divide into five or seven basins if this
*became desirable in the future.
Representative Knopke commented that water supplies should be developed like
highways on a State-wide basis and not regionally or within water management
districts or counties. Mr. Woodard said this is basically what the State
Water Use Plan will do. In response to a question from Rep. Bloom, Mr. Woodard
said he feels the State is self sufficient to meet its water needs and in fact
feels that each water management district can be self sufficient with proper
management and use of new and exotic means of treatment.
Mr. Donald R. Feaster
October 14, 1975
Representative Mann inquired as to whether the Executive Directors meet
regularly. I detected from several Committee members a feeling that there
should be plenty of high level contact and continuity between the1 SdiFTi ts.
Mr. Woodard said the Executive Directors meet quartely,-~the~-panning Staf
meet regularly on SWUP, and that the districts are committed to helping solve
Representative Fulford instructed Mr. Woodard to meet with the Committee staff
1o work out a suitable boundary line for theWaccasassa Basin as soon as possible.
Representative Fulford stated further that the Committee and staff should have
alternatives worked out_ by January on whaf legis nation wii 1 be necessary t-fe
Jarch referendum passes or fails.
Following the noon recess Mr. Winter discussed the NWFWMD's activities and
organization. He said the District holds a formal meeting with the USGS weekly
since their offices are co-located.
The NWFWMD's FY 75-76 budget totals approximately $651,000 ($400,000 Grant and
$251,000 carry over) but a $30,000 geophysical logger has already been purchased
leaving a balance of $621,000.
The District covers 11,063 sq. mi. with a 1970 population of 671,000. The 1975
population is estimated at 761,000.
Mr. Winter said his staff has also been involved in gathering all existing data.
A rough draft "Water Resource Assessment" has been prepared from the data collected.
This Assessment will determine the population growth the area can handle (carrying
capacity) according to Mr. Winter. It should be available in final form by the
first of the year.
Mr. Winter's definition of the State Water Use Plan was "a data system that will
give the capability to measure water uses, project them for the future, and
provide water management tools." It will be continually updated.
The District staff has already computed water use by twelve basins using data
available (which is insufficient).
The District's two major functions at present are: (1) State -Water Use Plan
and (2) Data Collection.
A biologist with the District discussed at some length the staff's activities
associated with investigating estuarine life and the effects of varying river
flows on it. At this point several Committee members questioned the biologist
and Mr. Winter on why there was such an involvement in water quality and
estuarine life. Representative Bell fairly summed up several members' concerns
that the water management districts have different ideas as to their responsi-
bilities and authority. Representative Fulford reminded the Committee that
one must look at the backgrounds and reasons for creating the various districts.
Representative Robinson, after, thumbing through it, pointed out that "water
quality" isn't mentioned in Chapter 373 as a responsibility of the water manage-
Mr. Donald R. Feaster
October 14, 1975
This discussion progressed to the subject of possible (probable) duplication
of efforts between various agencies and their lack of cooperation in supplying
data, reports, and other work to one another. Representative Craig was especi-
ally outspoken on this issue stating that this jealousy between agencies has to
stop and the Legislature may have to show it means business through some approp-
Representative Fulford then suggested that it would be appropriate to invite
all the water management districts back for a "fun session." Instead of asking
what they are doing, he said it may be more appropriate to ask why (what authori-
zation in Chap. 373) they are doing it.
When the District is called back before the Committee we should be prepared to
address two po ints: L any involvements with water- quali ty--a-d nd (2) cooperation
with other agencies.
Mr. Winter then continued. He said the proposed millage cap (.05 mill) for
the Northwest District will only produce $274,771.
He mentioned a water use inventory of three counties that had been conducted
by his U. S. Army Reserve Unit in August.
Mr. Winter then dwelled on cooperative basin study proposal to which the U. S.
Water Resources Council has committed $20,000. He said for several weeks now
he has been unable to get the study proposal through the required State agencies.
Apparently the study relates to one or more rivers flowing into Florida from
another state (Alabama) and Mr. Winter stated that he has all the cooperation
needed elsewhere, but can't make progress in his own state.
Needless to say, Committee members discussed once again the lack of cooperation
between state agencies. Representative Craig offered that the recession has
forced some cooperation and a few more years of it might straighten out the
SOn the subject of inland siting of power plants with freshwater cooling reservoirs,
P f Representative Craig said, "We don't need to take a look at it any more. It's
S/ just got to stop!" He said he is "up to his neck with taking another look.at
Mr. Winter said certain flood prone areas in his district will require structures
out of state, but that Alabama and Federal officials are aware of this and no
problems are anticipated.
At the close of the meeting a resolution was offered by Rep. Bloom and passed
by the Committee. It addressed the rebuilding of beaches along the panhandle
that were destroyed by Hurricane Eloise and encouraged observance of new set
back laws. She said it would be a reminder to the Cabinet and DNR that the
Committee (Legislature) was watching.
cc: L. M. Blain