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ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC MEETINGS
FOUR RIVER BASINS
WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT STUDY
To encourage an interchange of information and solicit opinions of con-
cerned citizens, professionals, organizations, and State, local, and
other Federal agencies with regard to water resources management alter-
native plans in the Four River Basins area and adjacent affected areas.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Anyone interested in water resources management, such as water supply
and water conservation, flood control and flood plain management, rec-
reation and fish and wildlife preservation and enhancement of environ-
mental quality in the Four River Basins area with a view to developing
plans for a comprehensive multiobjective study,
S t Central Jury Room
Hillsborough County Courthous
401 Pierce St,
Tuesday, 11 October 1977
Sara -ta Junior High School Auditorium
1001 South School Avenue
Wednesday, 12 October 197
SThursday, 13 October 197
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WHERE AND WHEN .....
Public meetings on the Four River Basins (FRB) Water Resources Man-
agement Study (WRMS) will be held at 7:00 p.m., on 11 October 1977, in
the Central Jury Room of the Hillsborough County Courthouse, Tampa,
Florida; on 12 October 1977, in the auditorium of the Sarasota Junior
High School, Sarasota, Florida; and on 13 October 1977, in the County
Courthouse, Inverness, Florida. The study area consists of approxi-
mately 10,000 square miles and is shown on Inclosure 1.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) is con-
cerned about water resources within the SWFWMD area and desired that
regional water resources management plans be investigated. They have
requested from the Corps of Engineers assistance through resolutions
adopted 30 December 1969 by the U. S. Senate Committee on Public Works
and 14 July 1970 by the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on
Public Works. Federal funds were provided in Fiscal Year 1975. The
meeting will be held to inform all interested persons and local and
State officials about the alternative water resources management plans
produced to date. A selection from the alternative plans has not been
made and will not be made at the meeting. The meeting will be held so
that opinions concerning water resource alternative plans may be ex-
pressed by those attending. Alternative plans will not be selected
until their full impact with respect to economic, social, environmental
and institutional factors is determined.
BY WHOM .....
The meet e chased b Colonel Dnald A. Wsdom. District
Engineer-for the Jacksonville District of the U. S. Army Corps of En-
During the course of the study, the Corps will consider a wide
range of alternative plans in addressing the water resource problem
and needs of the study area. Among the alternatives, these plans will
include "nonstructural" plans, which emphasize management measures
rather than physical ones. In particular, nonstructural measures to
reduce flood damage susceptibility will be considered.
In meeting the essential elements of a sound iterative planning
process the Corps will:
Identify problems and needs through public participation;
Identify and list features or conditions which should be
enhanced, protected, preserved, restored, or developed;
Plan with an interdisciplinary team composed of individuals
who represent a broad scope of expertise;
Early in the planning process, prepare environmental, social
and economic assessments for evaluating alternative plans
and for developing planning documents, including environmental
statements required by the National Environmental Protection
Act of 1969;
Formulate a wide range of alternatives to achieve the objectives
of national economic development and environmental quality;
Present to the public alternative proposals which will be
feasible for implementation;
Seek to reduce or eliminate significant adverse effects on the
environment by modifying the alternatives considered for im-
plementation to the extent feasible, in order to provide par-
tial or full solutions to identified problems and needs; and
Select for implementation the plans best representing the pub-
lic interest as a result of evaluating all pertinent factors.
The study is a cooperative effort with SWFWMD to determine the
most practical and feasible solution to the water resources problems
of the study area. It will be accomplished primarily by the Corps of
Engineers with assistance from SWFWMD and the State of Florida, with
involvement by the FRB WRMS Coordination Committee and other appro-
priate Federal, regional and local agencies.
As a public agency, the Corps responds to the public interest. It
finds expression in the views of individuals and groups and their re-
presentatives at local, State, and Federal levels of government. The
Corps of Engineers has an obligation to seek these views and to accom-
modate them insofar as possible. There is an equal obligation to pro-
vide information to those who express their views, so that they can
participate effectively in the planning process.
PRIOR CORRECTIVE ACTIONS .,..
The Four River Basins Project, authorized by the Flood Control Act
23 October 1962, was designed to prevent a recurrence of the disastrous
flooding experienced in the past in central and southwest peninsular
Florida. The plan of improvement, consisting primarily of stream im-
provements and a system of canals, flood detention areas, and auxiliary
water-control structures, provides for diversion, conveyance and per-
mits temporary storage of flood waters.
FLOOD CONTROL NOT ENOUGH .....
Since the greatest and most immediate need, at that time, was a
flood control program, no provisions had been made to include water
supply as a part of the project.
Consequently, the local sponsor, SWFWMD, submitted a request to
Congress for a review investigation of additional needs for the proj-
ect, and asked that primary emphasis of the FRB Water Resources Man-
agement Study be placed on the addition of water supply as another
project aim. They also asked that consideration be given to project
modifications needed to satisfy present and future regional water
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS .....
The multiobjective planning procedures established under Principles
and Standards for Planning Water and Related Land Resources prescribed
by the Water Resources Council will be followed. National Economic
Development (NED) and Environmental Quality (EQ) will be considered as
equal national objectives. NED is achieved by increasing the value of
the nation's output of goods and services and improving national econo-
mic efficiency; EQ is achieved by the management, conservation, preser-
vation, creation, restoration, or improvement of the quality of certain
natural and cultural resources and ecological systems.
During all phases of the study, careful consideration will be given
to recognized authorities, responsible professional judgments, and other
public expressions on environmental aspects, including, but not limited
to, water and air quality, fish and wildlife resources, endangered
species, aesthetic values, and cultural resources, such as archeologi-
cal sites, historic places, and resource remnants with scientific and
Implicitly the planning process will include four general environ-
To preserve unique and important ecological, aesthetic, and
cultural values of our national heritage.
To conserve and use wisely the natural resources of our nation
for the benefit of present and future generations.
To restore, maintain, and enhance, the natural and man-made
environment in terms of its productivity, variety, spacious-
ness, beauty, and other measures of quality.
To create new opportunities for the American people to use
and enjoy their environment.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE .....
Public involvement in the study will require a flow of information
between Corps planners and the public. It will assure the Corps actions
respond to public needs and preferences. To secure effective public
involvement during the study the Corps will:
Open and maintain channels of communication with the public;
Encourage public understanding of Federal, State, regional, and
local responsibilities, laws, authorities, and procedures in
conducting water resources studies;
Present information which will promote public understanding of
local problems, needs, opportunities, and objectives;
Seek out the public's views and comments on problems, needs,
alternative solutions and related impacts, and possible Federal
Give full consideration to public needs and preferences in all
Corps activities during the study.
Any information you can provide relative to water resources plan-
ning in the study area that will assist the Corps .in understanding the
problems, needs and desires of the residents and other interested in-
dividuals, would be appreciated.
You and all interested groups and agencies are urged to be present
or represented at the meeting, Everyone will be given an opportunity
to express his views and to furnish specific data on all aspects of the
study including technical, economic, social, ecological and environ-
mental material. Statements should be supported by factual information
insofar as practicable.
For accuracy of record, all important facts and statements should
be submitted in writing. Written statements may be presented to the
Chairman at the meeting or may be mailed beforehand to him at the
Colonel Donald A. Wisdom
Jacksonville District Engineer
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
P. 0. Box 4970
Jacksonville, Florida 32201
Mailed statements should indicate that they are in response to this
announcement. All statements, both oral and written, will become a
part of the official record on the study and will be available for pub-
lic examination. Written comments intended for the meeting record
should be received within one month following the meeting, or by
13 November 1977. Do make your views known, by attendance at the pub-
lic meeting if possible.
Study recommendations for remedial plans will be made only after
full consideration is given to the views of responsible agencies,
groups and citizens. This, however, should not be taken as an indica-
tion that the Federal Government will undertake any improvements or
programs, Although the study efforts may result in recommendations
for improvements, their accomplishment will depend upon subsequent
authorization and funding by the Congress.
To insure that the concerned public is kept fully informed of
study developments and to provide ample opportunity for public input,
additional public meetings and workshops will be held during the
course of the study.
PLEASE BRING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE ATTENTION OF ANYONE YOU
KNOW WHO IS INTERESTED IN THE WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT STUDY IN
THE FOUR RIVER BASINS AREA.
1 Incl ROBERT J. WATERSTON III
Study Area Map LTC, Corps of Engineers
Deputy District Engineer
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