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TO: Interested Parties
FROM.- Virginia B. Wetherell, Secretary
DATE: October 1, 1993
SUBJECT: Update on Proposed Revisions to State Water Policy
We very much appreciate all of the comments we received on the
workshop draft of revisions to State Water Policy (Chapter 17-40,
F.A.C.). Water policy is important to all Floridians and your
participation has been very helpful.
Because the workshops around the state in August 1993 were actually
followups to six other "scoping" workshops in 1992, we do not plan
another series of workshops before taking the proposed rule
revisions to the Environmental Regulation Commission for decision
during their December 1-2 hearing in Tallahassee. We do want you
to know, however, that we have carefully considered your comments.
Although we received many comments, there seem to be only a
relatively small number of major concerns. We are attaching, for
your information, a revised draft that we think addresses most of
those concerns. This draft provides you an opportunity to advise
us whether we have adequately addressed the major concerns. We
must have your response no later than October 8, if we are to use
them in preparing our hearing draft of recommendations to the
Environmental Regulation Commission. Please address your comments
to Bart Bibler or Tom Swihart at phone number 904-488-0784, FAX
The major changes in this draft are:
Definition of Reuse
Section 17-40.210(23). Withdrew: The proposal to delete
"environmental enhancement" as an example of reuse.
Definitions of "Associated Ecosystems" and "Natural Systems"
Section 17-40.210. Added: These definitions, as requested by a
number of commenters.
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Water Supply and Protection
Section 17-40.410(1). Withdrew: The statement about ownership of
land not constituting an entitlement to a consumptive use of water.
Section 17-40.410(5). Withdrew: The statement about priority
protection of natural systems when determining ground water
availability and surface water availability.
Section 17-40.412(2)(b). Modified: The time limits on daily
irrigation restrictions to clarify that the uniform restrictions
apply only if imposed by a water management district. They may be
applicable only to particular irrigation activities or sources.
water Control Districts
Section 17-40.432(3)(d). Modified: The policies on water control
districts and stormwater management to clarify that the policy does
not attempt to create new powers for the water control districts.
Natural Systems Protection and Management
Section 17-40.470. Modified: This section to make it more general
and emphasize that the implementation of this policy area occurs in
other rulemaking of the Department and the water management
Protection Areas for surface water
Section 17-40.475. Modified: The revised proposal limits the
establishment of protection areas to surface waters with special
designations, and also limits the distance. from the surface water
for the protection area.
Each recipient of this notice will also receive the hearing draft.
Thank you for your continued participation in this process.
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