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10-A SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 1976
Florida s water needs
The Pasco County Commission has acting to nullify a water district deci-
failed, for the time being, in court action sion, as Pasco has attempted to do in the
to stop the flow of water to Pinellas from case of pumping at Cypress Creek. The
the new Cypress Creek wellfield. We as- district board and staff are best
sume the appellate courts also will reject equipped to judge the impact of any pro-
the archaic idea that any county has ex- posed wellfield pumping.
elusive geographical rights to a portion In addition, Spicola's bill would per-
of the underground Floridan Aquifer. mit fairer representation by populous
counties on the district boards by allow-
FLORIDA has a sound basis for the ing the governor to appoint the members
management of vital water resources on from the district at large. Present law
a regional basis in the five existing water prohibits more than one member from
management districts. The district lines any county.
properly conform to hydrological fea- Another major improvement, not
tures rather than political subdivisions, included in the Spicola bill, has been
A constitutional amendment approved' proposed by Rep. Curtis Kiser, R-
by the voters last March 9 has clarified Pinellas. It calls for the creation of a
their necessary taxing authority. State Water Authority in the Depart-
Some additional refinements are ment of Environmental Regulation.
needed from the present session of the Such a body would coordinate the de-
Legislature, and the most pressing of cisions of the five district boards and the
them are contained in a bill introduced needs of various water users people,
by Sen. Guy Spicola, D-Tampa, who is agriculture and industry. It is not widely
chairman of the Natural Resources Comn- realized that agriculture and phosphate
mittee. mining each make greater demands for
The proposed changes would bear di- water than do domestic users.
rectly on the dispute involving Pinellas DESPITE droughts and some local
and Pasco counties, both members of D
the 11-county Southwest Florida Water situations, Florida now has ample water
Management District (colloquially for its needs. Sensible management at re-
called Swiftmud) gional and statewide levels will assure
called Swiftmud). that these needs can be met for the fore-
ONE WOULD bar any county from seeable future.. :