Title: Letter from U. S. Department of the Army, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C. to SWFWMD stating a concern about the water supply proble
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Title: Letter from U. S. Department of the Army, Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C. to SWFWMD stating a concern about the water supply proble
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ACTION OF: 1MAY22 An10 s
DAEN-CWP-E 15 May 1974

Mr. Derrill McAteer
Chairman, Board of Governors
Southwest Florida
Water Management District
P. 0. Box 457
Brooksville, Florida 33512

Dear Mr. McAteer:

This is in reply to your 22 April 1974 letter to Lieutenant General
William C. Gribble, Jr..

We are concerned about the water supply problems in the Tampa Bay area
and believe that a comprehensive study is needed to evaluate the
alternative solutions for meeting the rapidly increasing population
and industrial demands. This letter describes the Corps of Engineers
authority for including water supply as a project purpose, and briefly
discusses the Four River Basins Study.

The Water Supply Act of 1958, Section 301 of PL 85-500, established
a policy that the Federal Government should participate and cooperate
with State and local interests in developing water supplies in connection
with the construction, operation and maintenance of Federal navigation,
flood control, irrigation, or multiple purpose projects. The law
provides for the inclusion of water supply storage in any Corps of
Engineers impoundment provided State or local interests meet required
cost-sharing agreements. However, modifications that seriously affect
the purposes for which the project was authorized, or which would
involve major structural or operational changes, can be made only
upon the approval of Congress.

The use of detention ponds for water supply storage would be possible
providing operations for flood control purposes would not be altered in
such a way as to increase the flood hazard potential. These reservoirs
may be inefficient water supply sources because of relatively high
evaporation and transpiration losses resulting from their large shallow

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DAEN-CWP-E 15 May 1974
SMr. Derrill McAteer

Our Four River Basins Study will investigate alternative solutions to
the water supply problems of the Tampa Bay Area, including the use of
detention reservoir storage. This study will examine the inter-rela-
tionship between the water supply function and other water resource
functions to determine the opportunities for increasing supplies through
management practices. An evaluation of the total water system is essen-
tial if the limited resource is to meet the demands resulting from the
projections of population and industrial growth. The analysis will
look at the impacts of alternative solutions upon the water resource
system to determine the effects upon ground water recharge, salt water
intrusion, the environmental issues, etc.

We appreciate your offer of assistance and willingness to provide in-
formation. Representatives from our Jacksonville District Office will
be coordinating with you as the Four River Basins Study progresses.


Colonel, Corps of Engineers
Assistant Director of Civil Works


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