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||Politics, not studies, called solution to area water problems
||Newspaper article by Patrick McMahon in St. Petersburg Times, "Politics, not studies, called solution to area water problems."
||McMahon, Patrick ( Author )
||March 25, 1976
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 3, Folder 6C ( WEST COAST REGIONAL WATER SUPPLY AREA B3F6 ), Item 190
||Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Ssolution to area w ater problem s
Sr g W By PATRICK McMAHON ages and since they have sought much of
\st. P-t.r" \s ^Ste ^twr^----- their water from wellfields outside the
[\ CLEARWATER The solution to im- county, Swiftmud regulation has often
Mediate water supply problems of the Tam- been controversial. Many Pinellas officials
pa Bay area is "going to be battled out in say the rural-dominated Swiftmud board
r the political arena" and not through hydrol- has been unfair to Pinellas.
ogy studies, a regional water board was told The West Coast Regional Water Supply
SWednesday. Authority was set up by the Legislature to
Until regional agencies for water regula- find an adequate supply of water for Tam-
tion and water supply can agree political- pa Bay area residents, to be supplied
ly on a long-range solution, there are through governments. On Wednesday, the
Going to be short-range battles over water West Coast board approved a contract for a
supply, former St. Petersburg mayor C. two-phase, $294,000 study to outline 1980
RandoplW ding said. and longer-range needs and supplies.
: edi speaking to the W At the meeting, Pickens Talley, Pinellas
SCoast Regional Water Supply Autho t County water system director, had asked
fCoast Re ional War u- 1 &12rjt
oar which is charged with finding new the board to consider a supplementary
Skater supplies for its member governments short-range study to explore some specific
-Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough coun- alternatives and existing wellfields such as
-ties and the cities of Tampa and St. Peters- Starkey and Cypress Creek, to determine
SiSrg. Wedding, a member of the board rep- how much water will be available. (Cypress
pesenting St. Pete6s"urg resigned Wedne- Creek is under development, but has been
gday, effective today. delayed by a judge's ruling that it requires a
S" ^ ...... ,--,- -regional impact statement.)
^ REGARDLESS of the hydrological
t studies on specific short-range ideas for THE BOARD declined toorder the ad-
mpnore water, Wedding said, the board of the ditional work after Wedding opposed it,
C"Southwest Florida Water Management Dis- questioning whether it would do any good
.r ict, commonly known as Swiftmud, will in securing approval from Swiftmud.
'iMake decisions, independent of the studies. Wedding said he resigned because he
Swiftmud is the regional water regulato- thinks St. Petersburg should be represent-
SJy. agency that decides who can take how ed by an elected politician, as most board
much water out of the ground for what pur- members are. He said the St. Petersburg
-poses. Since Pinellas County and St. Peters- City Council is to consider a replacement at
"biurg have experienced some water short- its April 8 meeting.