UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
AGRICULTURAL STABILIZATION AND CONSERVATION SERVICE
___ Florida State ASCS Office
P. 0. Drawer 670
S Gainesville, Florida 32602
5 MIaF August 22, 1979
Mr. B. R. Laseter, P.E.
Field Services Division
Southwest Florida Water Management District
5060 U.S. Highway 41 South
Brooksville, FL 33512
Dear Mr. Laseter:
The proposed working agreement between ASCS and SFWMD has been approved
by the State ASC Committee and signed by Ralph W. Cellon, Jr., Chairman.
Three copies are enclosed. After approval by SWMD, return two signed
copies for our file.
We anticipate providing FY 80 funds for cost-share assistance to plug
wells in Charlotte, DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota
counties. The State Committee has projected $100,000 for allocation
to these counties. Based on current cost data, these funds should
provide assistance to plug approximately 40 wells during FY 80.
Wyatt Thomas discussed with you by phone today the possibility of
meeting with your staff to discuss the agreement. We shall look
forward to this meeting to be held in your office in Brooksville on
August 29, 1979, beginning at 9:00 A,M, County Executive Directors
from the five designated counties will also attend.
Advise me if you have any questions regarding the agreement.
Clyde R. Payne Im
State Executive Director RECEIVED
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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN
THE FLORIDA STATE ASC COMMITTEE AND
THE SOUTHWEST WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
WHEREAS, the Florida State Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation
Service, hereinafter called State ASC Committee, and the Southwest Florida
Water Management District, hereinafter referred to as District, have the
common objectives of helping to bring about the conservation, development,
and wise use of land, water, and related resources; and
WHEREAS, the State ASC Committee and District, enter into this Memorandum
of Understanding as the foundation for a continuing cooperative working
arrangement to plug deep artesian wells and agree as follows:
A. The State ASC Committee will do:
1. The Committee will allocate funds to designated
County ASC Committees for the specific purpose
of cost-sharing up to 75% of the total cost for
logging and plugging eligible applicants wells.
2. The Committee will provide guidance to local
County Committees for handling on a priority
basis cost-sharing assistance to accelerate
logging and well plugging in the designated
3. The Committee, working through the local County
Committee, will inform landowners of the avail-
ability of cost-sharing of up to 75% of total
cost for well plugging and encourage participation
on a voluntary basis.
4. The Committee will arrange for the local County
Committee to execute form ASCS-36, Assignment
of Payment, to reimburse or pay the District
within sixty days after submission of an invoice
from the District for expenses incurred in
logging and plugging wells completed through
vendors or for work performed by the District.
5. The Committee will obtain and submit the executed
permits of entry from the eligible applicants
authorizing the logging and well.plugging and
furnish such other arrangements, as may be
mutually agreed upon, to the District to aid in
accelerating the plugging of wells.
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B. What the District will do:
1. The District will advise landowners that cost-share
assistance to log and plug wells is available through
the local County Committees.
2. The District will enter into contractual agreements
with vendors to plug wells and to undertake the
necessary logging tests on farm vells approved for
cost-sharing. The District may use District equipment
to plug wells on selected farms.
3. The District will provide the. local Committee with
a certification that each individual well on which
payment is to be made has been plugged and that
performed work meets the District requirements.
4. The District will fund twenty-five percent of the
total cost of logging and plugging farm wells approved
by the Committee for cost-share assistance.
C. It is further understood:
1. Committee personnel and facilities will be under
the administrative jurisdiction of the Committee
and District personnel and facilities will be under
the administrative jurisdiction of the District.
2. Committee and District personnel will meet jointly
to discuss priorities involving cost-sharing and
technical requirements essential to obtaining an
effective program operation.
3. It is further understood and agreed that this Memo-
randum of Understanding is renewable annually subject
to availability of ACP funds to continue the well
plugging activities; provided however either the
State ASC Committee or District may terminate the
Memorandum of Understanding upon thirty days prior
written notice to the other party upon the condition
that its vendor shall be compensated for all eligible
services reasonably and properly performed and
reimbursable expenses incurred to the effective date
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4. The Committee and District hereby agrees that in any
contract to have work performed pursuant to this
document, that the contract will provide to indemnify
and hold harmless the Committee and District, its
officers, employees, successors, and assigns from
any loss, claims, demands, payments, suits, judgments
cost of expense whatsoever, including without limitation
claims of lien and claims for personal injury, death
or property damage resulting or' arising in any way
from the exercise of the rights and privileges granted
herein or in the guarding of the work.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this document
this day of _, 1979.
FLORIDA STATE COMMITTEE
RALP W. CELLON, JR., CHAIRMAN
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
DERRILL S. McATEER, CHAIRMAN
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