Title: Uneasy truce in the water wars
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Title: Uneasy truce in the water wars
Alternate Title: Uneasy truce in the water wars. St. Petersburg Times
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Language: English
Publication Date: May 28, 1985
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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General Note: Box 4, Folder 2 ( SF BASIN BOARD CONCEPT ), Item 82
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Uneasy truce in the water wars

he Legislature appears ready to impose a tion of wetlands. The compromise would split
truce in the power struggle between the the millage levy 70-30 between the basin boards
Southwest Florida Water Management Dis- and the district board.
trict, commonly called Swiftmud, and the in-
surgent river basin boards. THE KEY DISPUTE is unresolved and
The proposed compromise, already passed assures continuation of the water wars. It is the
by the House and awaiting Senate action, is basin boards' current court challenge of Swift-
only a cease-fire in the regional water war. It mud's power to cut from their budgets projects
will not stop the attempt by rural legislators, that do not advance the goal of regional water
citrus and agricultural interests, to wrest con- management and protection of state water re-
trol of regional water management from the sources.
Swiftmud governing board and transfer it to Pinellas Sen. Curt Kiser will try to reaffirm
the basin boards. Swiftmud's authority to oversee basin board
UNDER THE compromise, worked outing budgets, as intended when the Legislature es-
UNDER THE compromise, worked out in
tablished regional water management. He pro-
closed-door meetings last week, that campaign e p
closed-door meetings campaign poses to specify that the district board can
has been stalled temporarily. Agricultural in- delete, but cannot add items to basin board
terests have dropped attempts to gain rural budgets. The ful Legislature ought to support
dominance of the Swiftmud board and dilute gets. The full Legislature ought
dthe voinance of th e Swift d boa and dilutb Kiser's proposal. If the basin boards gain con-
the voting strength of Pinellas and Hillsbor- trol of the regional budget, they will control
ough counties. In return, the basin boards
ough counties. In return, the basin boards regional water policy and the water wars will
would gain a clear statement that only the go on and the
Legislature could abolish them. That issue trig-
gered this year's battle, because the Swiftmud
board last year considered converting the basin. p ?P ibur -i
boards to citizen advisory panels. t. P r rg ( i
The agreement also would give the Swift- trgt alPATR owned newspaper in Florida
mud board a little more taing authority. Cur- EUGENE PATTERSON....................... Chrman ndChef EcuflveOfflcer
mud board a little more taxing authority. Cur- ANDREW BARNES ................................... ............. Editor and President
rent law gives basin boards the power to levy RORTTMAN ... o E.................... -** Eior
rrCHAEL F. FOLEY ................... ...........................*...-.........
three-fourths of a tax mill for local flood con- TOMASC. RAWLINS ..................... .................................tor
trol and storm drainage projects. The Swift- JOHNO'HPSEARN Executive VicePresient and.Ger Mager
NORMAN P. DUSSEAULT ................................. Assistant General Manager
mud board controls only one-fourth of a mill CATHERWE HERON ra.... ......................... .....T.re
DAVID T. FLUKER ....................................... Circulation Direto
S; S for regional water management, conservation, LEO L.KUBIET ...................... ........... Advertising Director
purchase of aquifer recharge areas and protec- W'R .c .....................roduction M
CTON 0. CAMP JR. ................ Senior Vice Presden t


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