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Spicola Plans Water Stnd.
TALLAHASSEE (AP) The new chairman of the Florida tral and Southern Florida Water Management District, Spico-
Senate Natural Resources Committee said yesterday, that his la said. .. .
panel will make in the coming year an' in-depth study of the., r." ,:",
-state's water quantity and quality.- ADDITIONAL meetings are scheduled around the state for
Sen. Guy Spicola, D-Tampa, said the "whole area.of water the other four water management districts. : .I
-management districts" and the use of regional centers to ad- The study will include a look at the taxing powers of the
'minister environmental laws will be the panel's top priorities. districts, their increasing authority and potential powers, and
T ST E membership of the boards.
THOSE STUDIES will include a look at the possibility of Spicola, a freshman senator elected last November, was
,establishing a grid system for water, similar' to the grids appointed chairman of the committee last week in a shakeup
electric companies have, he said. .of committee chairmanships by Senate President Dempsey?
SUnder a grid system, water could be transported from Barron. '. -<
:water-rich areas like north Florida to water-short areas like Barron said Spicola's appointment was a reward for his
'the Tampa Bay region. .* hard work in the 1975 legislature on reorganization of the'
,The eight-member Senate committee is Working on an in- state's environmental agencies, which Barron considered one
terim basis with a Florida House of Representatives Natural of his top priorities.
SResources subcommittee studying the state's water manage- ,",
iment districts, he said. SPICOLA replaced Sen. Philip Lewis, DWest Palm Beach,
S' The first joint meeting of the panels tentatively is sched-
i uled for Aug. 18-19 in West Palm Beach to hear frojj the Cen- Please pe Page 2, Col. 1
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who, was named education chairman. Lewis, chairman of the
House-Senate conference committee that drew up the final
-environmental reorganization law, warned of the need for an
Sin-depth study, of water management districts during the 1975
S Spicola, who spent eight years in the House before being
S-elected to the Senate, four of them as head of the Environd
mental Protection Committee, earlier had been rumored to
have pledged the chair of the Senate Ways and Means Com-
S Asked if he had requested the natural resources commit-
tee chairmanship, Spicola said, "I was pleasantly surprised. I
,. don't know of any other freshman committee chairman in the
'; history of the Senate."
i He said he had not made any commitments to Barren in
j '* return for being appointed chairman.