Title: A paper on Florida environmental agencies. 2p. (SD8GUBN.DOC)
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.. There is a need to simplify and streamline the decision
making process in the Governor's Office especially relating
to environmental issues. Instead of a large hierarchy of
people buffering the public from the Governor, there should
be a well defined organization to act as direct liaison to
agencies. A person should be able to call one person in the
Governor's Office and get an answer to a problem.

6. There should be a thorough technical review of state
permitting standards, particularly water quality standards,
to see how they apply to Florida and whether they need
modificati nq Most of DER's standards and regulatory
approach adopted based on EPA recommendations, many of
which may not be appropriate for the state of Florida.
(This is DER's soft spot and it is very defensive about
state water quality standards for that reason.)


Hera so tho ht on a a could
say 0 nouen nment 1 encie s

1. Water management districts are in a position to continue
providing water management services to their respective
areas. These districts can hire and fire people more like
private industry. This means that they are able to have
responsive, technically qualified staff at the district
level. Water management districts have a stable source of
funding through ad valorem taxation. However, care must be
taken to avoid overloading these districts with too many
other responsibilities.

2. Water management district board appointments need to be made
carefully. There must be a judicious exercise of restraint
by the Governor, the legislature and DER to assure that
these board members can exercise their best, independent
judgment in decision making at a district level. DER can
provide overall continuity and all district decisions are
subject to review and modification by the Governor and
Cabinet sitting as the Land and Water Adjudicatory
Commission. /

3. There i a pressing need for outstanding s ate environmental
agency y a-eM--aa The agencies ned to be led by
good administrators who are supported by technically
qualified staffs.

4. The responsibilities of environmental agencies now overlap
badly. Department of Community Affairs, Department of
Environmental Regulation and regional Water Management
Districts, for example, all look at wetlands in deciding
whether or not to issue permits and development orders. The
same thing applies to water quality. A very strong effort
should be made to pinpoint agency responsibilities and
delineate authority so that every subject is covered but it
is not covered by more than one agency.- /- .-.-- 6^^, ,

[Regulation of wetlands in the state is a mess. We have
become so anxious to protect wetlands that we've gotten away
from the reason wetlands need to be protected. We have
totally overlooked property rights. Dredge and fill
regulations have gotten more complicated. Proposed wetlands
mitigation rules are perplexing. Currently we have water
management districts considering rule which will try to
protect isolated wetlands down to acre. We appear to be
headed toward indiscriminate protection of wetlands which
may only have marginal value. We need to get back to
science and to rational regulation of those wetlands which
really need protection. And we need to do it in a manner
which is not confiscatory.]

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