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T:s first i newsletter w g e o t
: ..designed to familiarize you with the
S. UR RIVER BASINS WATER RE-
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Water Management District, and to keep
Srhryou informed as the study progresses.
.S T background of the study, how and why
Sthe study came about, and what progress
1. procedure our public involvement pro-
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WHAT 1S TIE
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FOUR RI ERa DB1SS P OJC T?
The Four River Basins Project, authorized for the project, and asked that primary
by the Flood Control Act of October 23, emphasis of this restudy be placed on the
1962, was designed to prevent a recurrence of addition of water supply as another project
the disastrous flooding experienced in the past aim. They also asked that consideration be Af
in central and southwest peninsular Florida. It given to project modifications needed to
encompasses about 6,000 square miles within satisfy present and future regional water
14 counties and includes all or parts of the needs.
drainage basins of four major streams the
Hillsborough, Oklawaha, Withlacoochee, and STUDY AUTHORIZED As a result, a study
Peace Rivers as well as three smaller west review was approved by the U.S. Senate
coast watersheds, the Pitchlachascotee and Committee on Public Works on December 30,
Anclote Rivers and Lake Tarpon. The plan of 1969, and by the House of Representatives
improvement, consisting primarily of stream Committee on Public Works on July 14, 1970.
improvements and a system of canals, reser- Thus, the Water Resources Management
voirs, and auxiliary water-control structures, Study (WRMS) came into being. A broad CHRIST
provides for diversion and conveyance of regional study covering complex areas of
flood waters and permits storage of excess urban, industrial, agricultural, environmental,
water for later beneficial use. and recreational concerns, it encompasses
In 1961, the Florida State Legislature approximately 10,000 square miles (outlined L |-
created the Southwest Florida Water Manage- in heavy, dark lines on the map). It covers a
ment District (SWFWMD) to represent local full range of water resource aspects, including /A RS
interests in meeting the requirements of co- the supply and conservation of water; flood O/ -
operation and in other matters relating to the control and flood management; floodplain
project. Flood control studies resulted in the management; socio-economic and environ-
Comprehensive Report on Four River Basins, mental impacts; fish and wildlife enhance- ..;
published September 26, 1962 (House Docu- ment; and recreation.
ment 585, 87th Congress, 2nd Session). Parts of the study area have suffered from
a severe decline of potentiometric levels and :',H S
FLOOD CONTROL NOT ENOUGH -Since from saltwater intrusion. The entire area is
the greatest and most immediate need, at that subject to droughts, and competition for- SU
time, was a flood control program, no pro- water exists among city and county suppliers. o
visions had been made to include water supply As beginning tasks the WRMS will evaluate
as a part of the project, current and future water supplies and de- ,EUDS
Consequently, the local sponsor, mands, and delineate existing and future land -
SWFWMD, submitted a request to Congress use. Funds appropriated for fiscal year 1976
for a review investigation of additional needs are being used for these purposes. ,.. PAscO
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l^ R^ TCI ^The main objectives of the Water Re- of Tampa. This contract involves obtaining
* 0 .L- C2Ssources Management Study are to enlarge yield evaluation for potential dam and reser-
upon the presently available water supply for voir sites, an inventory of ground water
Prl~!4n Ruseful purposes, and to alleviate municipal sources, a determination of the extent of
LViy v ^L '4 B Iand industrial water problems in the study saltwater intrusion, and an evaluation of
area; however, these are by no means the only potential opportunities to detain or to divert
A R A benefits to be derived, excess surface runoff to aquifer recharge sites.
Other aims are to: (1) evaluate and The water resources contract will also identi-
develop plans to cope with basin-wide irriga- fy, describe and quantify desirable major lake
tion needs; (2) provide water resources man- levels and outflows, and river discharges for
agement plans for the study area; (3) resolve establishing a coordinated water resources
iS ) Iresidual flood problems that are not covered management system or regulatory regimen to
by the authorized project; (4) prepare plans to benefit the study area for flood control and
provide coordinated outdoor recreational de- water supply.
velopment at project works; (5) prepare plans The contract findings will be used to
to maintain and improve fish and wildlife; investigate alternative water resources plans
ALA GA and, (6) provide for environmental quality in for the region, including those that may result
N _preparing these plans. in construction by the federal government.
I,,. If the findings should reveal the possi-
1 I WHAT HAS BEEN DONE During calendar ability of a future inadequate water supply, or
L O'C' year 1975, a plan of study was submitted on that project enlargements and additions are
LrL U ,.i G Q February 7 to the Corps' South Atlantic feasible, a further economic analysis will be
Division in Atlanta, Georgia, and approved made to determine what benefits could result
. June 11. It was distributed to local, state, and from changes to the present authorized
"federal agencies in August. Recently, two project.
study contracts were awarded. One contract, FUTURE PLANS Contractor findings will
FUTURE PLANS Contractor findings will
which includes land resources and land use e presented in a public meeting in May 1976.
S... data-gathering for economic analysis, will Also, at a later date, the Water Resources
"LocAT.o MAP establish water demand for both existing and Management alternative plans will be formu-
SAL1 ;1% MIE Mra management alternative plans will be formu-
e on n. the ty lated and presented in a public meeting. Other
Weston, Inc., Westchester, Pennsylvania, will newsletters will be published to discuss
-' newsletters will be published to discuss
perform an Economic Base Study in the economic aspects of the study,
10,350-square-mile contract study area and and water quantity (water s
both existing land use and water demand willstudy area, environmental impacts of water
ee erminresources alternative plans, recreation plans
Future land use and water demand for
the years 1985 and 2035 will be projected, and flood control and floodplain management
SRoLA.Noo based upon the most valid assumptions (using
an alternative futures approach) regarding PUBLIC PARTICIPATION NECESSARY -
iISNE economic, political, technological, and social Maximum public participation is desired and
S_ ORLD conditions. needed to enable us to select the economic
KI i The second contract, concerning the variables that will most accurately reflect your
water resources for the study area, was expectations for the future. If you are one of
awarded to Geraghty and Miller, Inc., Consult- the citizens, groups, or agencies contacted,
o ing Ground Water Geologists and Hydrologists please make your views and desires known.
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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
U. S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, JACKSONVILLE POSTAGE AND FEES PARD
P. 0. Box 4970 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32201 DOD-314
PENALTY FOR PRIVATE USE. $300
MR. DONALD R, FEASTER
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MGT, DIST.
OUTrOAf, P(O. Box 457
4- \ BRROOKSVILLE. FLORIDA 33512
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oN THE STUDY CONTACT FOUR RIVRE BASIS Army Corps of Engineers/Project Plan-
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MANN G. DAVIS (904) 791-3594 MANAGEMENT STUDY
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Public involvement is an extremely mittee, which will steer the course of the Planning Council; (7) Central Florida
important part of the WRMS and its study, has been formed and an initial Regional Planning Council; (8) With-
success depends on YOU. We have infor- meeting has been held. lacoochee Regional Planning Council; (9)
mation, concepts, ideas, and plans to Lake County Department of Planning;
exchange with you, and your views will The agencies forming the Coordina- (10) Southwest Florida Water Manage-
be of vital importance in our planning tion Committee are: (1) Department of ment District; and (11) Corps of
and development of alternative water Environmental Regulation Bureau of Engineers Jacksonville District.
resource management plans. Water Resources Management; (2) Divi- Designated as a review and coordina-
sion of State Planning; (3) U.S. Geologic- tion group on water resources manage-
The WRMS will be closely coordi- al Survey Tampa Subdistrict; (4) West ment plans for the study area, the
nated with all federal, state, and local Coast Regional Water Supply Authority; committee will meet several times during
agencies concerned with water and land- (5) Tampa Bay Regional Planning the study and will conduct workshops
related planning. A coordination corn- Council; (6) Southwest Florida Regional and attend public meetings.