Title: Lack of foresight, not rainfall, cause of water shortage
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Title: Lack of foresight, not rainfall, cause of water shortage
Alternate Title: Hoffman, Alfred, Jr. "Lack of foresight, not rainfall, cause of water shortage
Physical Description: 1p.
Language: English
Creator: Hoffman, Alfred, Jr. ( Author )
Publication Date: July 1994
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 5, Folder 23 ( SF STATE WATER POLICY ), Item 10
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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;Lack of foresight, e .* i

"not rainfall, cause

of water shortage .

. This is in reference to Pinellas
'County Commissioner Chuck
v 'Rainey's recent call for a state- -
wide water policy. His is the
first suggestion I've heard about water
management that makes sense. As a
builder/developer who came to Florida
20 years ago, having built in the water-
scarce communities of Los Angeles, Tuc-
son, Phoenix and Denver, I find it ludi-,
crous to characterize our water shortage
as a "supply" problem. The problem is
distribution, not supply.
Florida has plenty of water. With the
second-highest rainfall in the country and
one of the largest freshwater aquifers of
any state in the country, the only prob-
lem is getting our water to our relatively
Slow population of 14 million people,
which in the past was concentrated on RICHARD MULHOLLAND/
both coasts. We have been spoiled with Los Angeles Times illustration
the fact that we have not had to distrib-
ute water very far to satisfy our popula- businesses to provide the lifestyle Ameri-
tion growth. cans need and want. It's unconscionable
In comparison, metropolitan New that urban population areas suffer when
York City, which has about as large a our government agencies can't figure out
population concentrated in one area as the simplest matter of distributing water
Florida has in the entire state, has built within the state for minor distances -
up a series of reservoirs and aqueducts to say, 100 to 200 miles.
provide water from hundreds of miles Having water management districts
away. and areas within the state fighting turf
If you want to talk supply shortage, go battles ignores the fact that water, like
to Tucson, Phoenix or Denver, where wa- air, does not know these boundaries. It is
ter wells are sunk thousands of feet to only natural that a statewide policy to
reach the aquifers. Or go to cities in distribute water wherever needed be de-
Southern California, where water has to veloped.
be transported hundreds of miles via the Commissioner Rainey's call focuses
-Colorado River from the Rocky Moun- on our historical failure to distribute. The
'tains. agency controlling the water manage-
It is simple economics to know that ment obfuscates the issues by claiming
the two primary resources that made our an artificial shortage to be a real short-
country prosper were the low cost of en- age. This "Chicken Little the sky is
ergy and an abundant supply of water. falling" policy results in a self-created
One of the fastest ways to stifle our econ- shortage. Let's get our act together and
omy is to ration these resources. The wa- adopt Rainey's suggestion as the first step
: ter restrictions artificially imposed in our in correcting our own falsely created
area are unnecessary and extremely shortage.
counterproductive for economic growth, ALFRED HOFFMAN JR.
as well as an imposition on people and Plant City

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