Title: Editorial: "To Save Our Rivers For Present and Future."
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Title: Editorial: "To Save Our Rivers For Present and Future."
Alternate Title: Editorial. "To Save Our Rivers For Present and Future."
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Language: English
Publication Date: April 28, 1985
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 4, Folder 2 ( SF BASIN BOARD CONCEPT ), Item 81
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An Editorial

To Save Our Rivers

For Present and Future

IN TIS STATE, wherethe econ- Once a river is designated the North Flgrida's ample supply of
Somy rests heavily on our quality Legislature as a resource river, a water comes from springs and rivers
of life and environment, the protec- managementplan for that water cor- issuing from the underground flow of
tion and preservation of rivers ridor would be prepared by one of water from the strata of the Appala-
should be at the forefront of public 1the state's five regional water man chian Mountains. In South Florida no
Policy. agement districts. Because river sys- underground rivers flow, making
S The Legislature has the oppor- teams define themselves along hydro- rainfall the sole supplier of water
tunity to acknowledge that steward- local, not political, boundaries, t is The great Central Florida river cor.
S hip by passing the Florida Resource logical to delegate authority to gov- ridor of the Kissimmee River valley
Rivers Act, a natural and necessary ernment bodies that span county brings water down to Lake Okeecho-
follow up to the 1981 landmark "Save lines and already are in charge of bee and on southward into the Ever-
Our Rivers" legislation. Regulation of wetlands, flood control glades basin and out into the Gulof
Three key elements in the com- and the consumptive use of surface Mexico and Florida Bay.
S prehensive legislation sponsored by and underground water As a small, but param n,
Rep. Steve Pajcic of Jacksonville There is uncertainty amongri- e of the interrelationship oI
S argue for its passage: vate landowners about the degree to people, we now know thata8
The Save Our Rivers program 'which they can use land along rivers of peninsular Fprida's
willend in 1992 'grand flood plains.Some want to retain P~ from the evaporation ojie
willend in 1992 and the revenue ttheatal aes from the evaporation of e
from the documentary stamp tax na l se et Everglades. But what if deveop
that pays the bill for land acquisition t ndominium a d r els 0 theiKlsimXe
will stop in mid-1991. "Save Our (others seek tokeep grazing rights ergades c otransforims
Rivers II"Tepeals the tax "sunset" or tr ae ture to the extent that the Ever-
provision and extends the program. A managementlan which ulti-
There's solid logic behind the s 'un- mately must be approved by the gov-
(ernor and Cabinet, brings certainty th so n :
set repeal. It's the principle of buying ore yoe people mean nio
i something with today's cheaper r water. Growth ip this tate
money rather than at tomorrow's o xerted such extraordinary pzi-
more expensive ahat an b of a e ni pereisibe res that it is essentialto have h
o eeAn e t o Ma of1land within the river corrIdor.
:'done by issuing bonds, buying land If afr a yar's study bthe water xtaodi
With those proceeds and paylngof Ifafter a year's study bythe wat r xtaordinary program tpot
i the bonds with future reven management districts, the s86 he quality of life that lures of
hwa tere and thR e environment that s
SCertain river systems aeesig- legislature lays out a way to prop- ~tains them once they arrive.
;ted in the act on the basis of their rly nd the plans, those lands that The majestic sense of peace and
regional and statewide importance. heretofore Were effectively "taken" the wonderful sense of vitalityfound
That these river systems are a genu- by regulation could be bought.-No on and along the waterways flowing
tlne state resource Is proved,hy their longer would landowners be forced through our foothills and sandhills
iity and quantity, navigation, natural 'limbo; others would know exactly thnito th slt s are crcal..
i how their land could be fia. eur spiritual and physical survival
S'u With m oni The job now als to this Legisla-
coming to Florida in the next 15 Ture to begin the effort to define a
years, the state's waterways will feel protect what we have today eforMi
peen more pressure trom develop- SFloridians of tomorrow. That protec-
ment development that most often j tion will begin with passage of the
nterferes with recreaonal use d Florida Resource Rivers Act.
damages water quality. 1

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