SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
Problems and Policy Decisions Listing
I. STATE AND DISTRICT LEVEL
A. Water Quality what role should the District play in the regulation of water
quality? Should DER delegate total responsibility or some
lesser degree or should the present situation prevail? If
delegation should occur, a timetable and transition procedure
should be established.
B. Wetlands/Floodplains To what extent should the District become involved in
the land use regulation arena? How would the recent ruling
by the Florida Supreme Court affect involvement?
C. Land Acquisition How should the purchase of lands required for authorized
ongoing flood control projects, as well as other lands (multi-
purpose, supply and recreation, and resources protection)
deemed necessary to protect water resource functions, be
funded and at what level? A reliable source of funds must
be available so that project completion is assured.
D. Charlotte Harbor Population of this area is expected to increase rapidly
in future years. The District is presently providing techni-
cal assistance to the Charlotte Harbor 380 Committee and is
working on forming a regional water supply system. It also
has a regulatory role. Can the two roles be separated? What
should the level of technical and financial assistance be?
II. BASICALLY DISTRICT LEVEL
A. Water Supply To what extent should the District as a regulatory body become
involved in water supply projects?
B. Water Shortage/Conservation Increasing demands continue to be placed on the
District's freshwater resource. The anticipated population
increase will be accompanied by growth pains in the utilities
and water resource areas, particularly along the coast. To
what extent should mandatory controls be implemented to re-
duce consumption and what criteria should be used? To what
extent should the District get into an educational effort
to encourage the public to use less water?
C. ROMP/QWIP Both programs are of state-wide impact and relatively costly.
Should the District seek state funding to initiate an accel-
erated effort on either or both programs?
D. Consumptive Use Permits Should all large water users be required to meter
pumping? If so, should the District provide some degree of
E. Project Assistance Chapter 373 gives Basin Boards considerable discretion
on providing financial and other assistance on local flood
control and water supply projects. Should the Governing
Board consider the establishment of guidelines to encourage
uniformity of action?
F. Interface with Regional Planning Councils To what degree should the districts
be involved in providing assistance to Regional Planning
Councils? If the council has the need for water resource
assistance or reviews, should the districts have the respon-
sibility to provide it? If so, to what degree?
G. Local Governments Similar to above, to what extent should the local govern-
ments rely on the districts to provide water resource assist-
ance or review? Where is the line drawn between local and
H. Regional Water Supply Authorities Chapter 373 states that the district may
assist RWSAs in the development of water supplies upon request.
To what extent should this assistance be provided? If to a
great extent, then what is the role of or need for the RWSA?