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Water Users Association
May 15, 1981 NEWSLETTER
SUBJECTS: H.B. 535 H.B. 473 Clean Water Act State Water Policy -
Recognition of Executive Director & Hospitalization/
In our April 15th newsletter we reported to you details of H.B. 535
establishing a fund for purchase of wetlands by the Water Management
Districts. Source of the fund is a 50 increase in the documentary
stamp tax. Amendments to the House bill have eliminated the require-
ment for the districts to put up $1.00 for each $4.00 received from
the fund. The districts will have to furnish to DER and the Legislature
a 5-year land acquirement program. Review by the Legislature should be
of help to the districts in confining land purchase to areas needed for
water quality protection and water management. Right-of-way purchases
are not permitted from these funds. Broad language in the initial bill
for maximum public use of lands purchased by this money has been revised
and will give the Water Management Districts greater authority in pro-
tecting needed areas and the rights of adjacent land owners. A similar
bill, S.B. 620, is proceeding through committees.
Contact with Jack Holland, staff director
of the House Agriculture Committee, indica-
ted that H.B. 473 is now in Appropriations
Committee hands. This is the bill by Repre-
sentatives Hodges and Hattaway providing
for approval by the appropriate legislative
committees in each House of any rule proposed
by state agencies prior to the adoption of
the rule. We will report on this later.
cIt has been learned that the policy statement submitted by the private
sector to DER on recognizing the rights of property owners to make con-
sumptive uses of underlying ground water and adjacent surface water was
dropped from the language in the proposed state water policy. It appears
this was the major change made before the hearing on state water policy
reconvenes on June 8 in Tallahassee.
Mention was made in the April 15th newsletter that some proposed legis-
lation at the federal level on the Clean Water Act was forthcoming. We
have learned through the National Environmental Development Association
(NEDA) that Texas Senators John Tower and Lloyd Bentsen have introduced
a bill that would amend Section 404 of the Act by redefining the author-
ity of the Corps of Engineers to issue dredge and fill permits. The bill,
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DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION DOCKET NO. 81-15R
RULE NOs Florida Administrative Code Rule 17-21.02
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIROiMENTAL REGULATION DOCKET NO.: 80-35R
RULE TITLEt Rules and Regulations Governing Water Wells in
RULE NO.: Section 17-6.041, Florida Administrative Code.
PURPOSE AND EFFECTt The proposed amendment of Florida RULE TITLE: Low Pressure Sewer Systems.
Administrative Code Rules 17-21.02(e) and 17-21.02(g) is PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of this rule is to set forth
intended to conform the definitions of "abandoned well" and comprehensive requirements for the design, construction, and opera-
"water well" to the statutory definitions. tion of low pressure sewer systems. The conditions under which low
SUMMARY: Proposed Florida Administrative Code Rule 17- pressure sewer systems may be considered are stated.
21.02(g) deletes the definition of "water well" and cross- RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 403.061, 403.087(2), Florida Statutes.
references Section 373.303(6), Florida Statutes (1979). LAW IMPLEMENTED: 403.021, 403.061, 403.085, 403.087, 403.088
Proposed Florida Administrative Code Rule 17-21.02(e) deletes Florida Statutes.
language not directly derived from Section 373.303(1), SUMMARY OF THE ESTIMATE OF ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE RULE: The
proposed revision to Chapter 17-6.04 will provide substantial eco-
RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 373, F.S.; LAW IMPLEMENTEDs 373.303,
nomic benefits by providing guidelines for the construction of low
pressure sewer systems. While these systems will now be permitted,
SUMMARY OF THE ESTIMATE OF ECONOMIC IMPACTt
their use is not required; therefore, no costs are implied by this
The proposed amendments to 17-21 change the definitions
revision. The opportunity to realize significant economic benefits
of "abandoned water well" and "water well" conform to the
will result when such systems are more cost-effective than conven-
corresponding statutory definitions. The amendments are
nonoperative and should not result in any costs. The bene-
fit that results from the adoption of the proposed amend- A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION
ments is that the changes made to the two definitions will COMMISSION:
prevent misinterpretation of the terms. TIME: 9:00 o'clock a.m. 7
A HEARING WILL BS HELD BEFORE THE SECRETARY: DATE: June 10, 1981.
TIME: 10:00 A.M. PLACE: Holiday Inn, 4500 West Cypress Street, Tampa, Florida.
DATE: June 8, 1981 A COPY OF THE PROPOSED RULE OR THE ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT
PLACE: Conference Room B, Twin Towers Office Building, 2600 MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING: Wendy Meyer, Office of Public In-
Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida formation, Department of Environmental Regulation, Twin Towers
A COPY OF THE PROPOSED RULE AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT Office Building, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee. Florida 32301.
MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING the Office of Public Informa-
tion, Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, 2600
Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32301.