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||Column in the Citrus County Chronicle, entitled "Good advice,"
||Column in the Citrus County Chronicle, entitled "Good advice," quoting Derrill McAteer, Chairman of the SWFWMD relating to identifying and documenting local county water needs now and in the future to protect their supplies of water.
||Aug. 9, 1979
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 3, Folder 8 ( WELL FIELDS - PUBLIC - ORDERS ), Item 12
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L f f()0' Page 4-A, CITRUS COUNTY CHRONICLE, August 9, 1979
S C H R O N I C L E .
DAVID S. ARTHURS Publisher
\ "YOU. MAY DIFFER WITH PAMY CHOICE BUT NOT MY RIGHT TO CHOOSE"
Derrill McAteer, chairman of the Southwest
Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), is
'j walking a tight line. Occasionally he loses his
MBAteer is a resident of Brooksville and a sub-
stantial property owner in Hernando County. But
over' he years thechairman of the powerful water
boar'dhas been identified by rural interests as an
adv-5c;ate for the urban politicians in Florida. And
don'f be fooled for a single minute, water is politics
in Flqrr.ida and McAteer is a powerful man.
But.this past week McAteer took some time out to
speak with: the Hernando County Commission about
the future. McAteer is a pragmatist and he realizes
that eventually Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties
will be looking to Hernando and Citrus Counties as a
future source of water.
McAteer told the commissioners the only way they
could-be sure of protecting their water for future
generations would be to document what local needs
will:.be. If'the Citrus and Hernando County Com-
missions can document what water their populations
will-need in the next decade, they will have a legal
leg to stand on when negotiations are held to con
sider trarisporting the resource to the south.
And there. will be transportation of water from
Citrtd'iCoity to the south. No one can deny that the
politIfal and economic powers in the urban areas
will eventually get the authority to move water frorr
the north Suncoast to the growing urban areas ot
Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.
McAteer was honest with the Hernando County
Commissioners. For his honesty the chairman ol
SWEWMp was toasted by several of the urbar
papers including the St. Petersburg Times. The
Tirres accused McAteer of attempting to stir up
sor eof the,.old animosities that existed during the
watr.. wars held between Pasco and Pinellas
Coulntines.'Well, the water wars are over, but only
because Pasco County has submitted. The county
now: sports an ever growing number of wells tc
quench the thirst of the growing urban areas.
Hernando and Citrus County Commissioners fear
that the urban centers will drain the area of its water
resources without regard to the immediate future ir
this area. McAteer has advised Citrus and Hernandc
Counties td,ojetail exactly what water will be needec
in the .future. The Withlacoochee Regional Water
Supply Authority has received approval from th(
federal government to complete the water resource
study with a $100,000 a year grant.
The. St. Pete Times and the urban leaders o1
Pinetias and Hillsborough Counties are hoping tha
rural "residents of Citrus and Hernando will alloA
limitless 'supplies of water to flow south because
they believe it is the fair thing to do. Water belong,
to everyone in Florida, we can't disagree with that
But Citrus County needs to be able to satisfy its owr
thirst for water before we begin pumping i
anywhere else. In the past studies have been corn
pleted that have documented how much water car
be pumped-from Citrus and Hernando Counties. Bu
there-has never been any study completed on hov
mucjiwater is needed here.
Citrus County is already experiencing its owr
water supply problems. While our supply is abun
dant, it is in the wrong place. The growth on the Gul
Coast of Citrus County is devastating when one
considers there are few wells west of U.S. 19 that car
stilC get potable water. We are going to have t<
construct additional wells in Citrus to supply oui
own population with water.
Before any consideration is given to supplying
water to the south, we have to know what we nee<
first. It's not often that we find ourselves
congratulating McAteer for his public comments
But in this case we have to, he's offering logica