Byr Larry L. Loadhohz -, ro ofaws rt e
( ,By Larry L. Loadholtz with the assistance of the "several miiiel: gaiions of -ater wear aws rats, roactes
Volusia County Cooperative Extension Service and have been recovered and recycled water from a pude in a gr- mi that can spread di
"" Extension Director the Soil Conservation Service, have from this one system." This, bage dmp. B rn legal dump can con:
developed a system to recover and Blackwelder states, reduces his use garbage dumps can filter int problem. Illegal dum
Drought, potable water shor- recycle water used in irrigation and of deep-well pumping and practical- water-storing ground aquifers no uch controls.
tages, saltwater intrusions, are freeze protection. This system will ly eliminates the threat of temporary and contaminate Southwest For another, illegal
terms often heard since Central substantially reduce deep-well oum- water loss during periods of heavy Florida's water supplies. in this area can poll
Florida entered into the present ping. irrigation. That makes' the illegal stored in the porous li
rainfall-deficient period several The system involves a network of Over 40 of these systems are in dumping that creates eyesores ground Legal dump:
years ago. Everyone is affected underground tubes which catch ex- use at present in Volusia County. in Southwest Florida more proper handling.
when water shortages occur. Also, cess water and move it to a recovery The water-saving capacity of these than a nuisance. It is a potential For that reason,
everyone uses water, creating heavy or holding pond. From the holding 40 systems exceeds 200-million health hazard, ruled out by the fed
demands on available supplies, pond, the water is pumped again gallons of water annually. The problem should be ernment as suitable e
Geologists estimate 90%o of the and again over the fernery. Pumping surface water requires tackled not simply as a gesture News Press
water used in fern production Markalee Blackwelder, one of much less energy than pumping toward neatness, but to protect AM 65,000 S 65,00
ultimately finds its way back into Volusia County's most progressive Courier.Journal public health, safety and wel- Ft Myers
the underground aquifer to be used farmers, has installed a system Weekly 3.000 fare. tAR 25 y
another day. But what about the which he uses to irrigate his 25-acre Crescent City
temporary drawdownss" which oc- fern operation. A three-acre pond MAR 2 8 1
cur during freeze protection periods was dug in a low, unusable location See DMPING page
and intensive drought periods? See PONDS, page 2.
Ft. Lauderdale Newse
S%&81 Stronger water policy ordered;
AR 28 81 final adoption of rules delayed
By John C. Van Gieson That section sets out 12 criteria that Tschinkel announced at a hearing on the
Special to the News/Sun-Sentinel Tschinkel's Department of Environmental Reg- policy that the DER would revise the general-
uTAiA A E E elation would use in reviewing the rules, plans policy section because Graham wanted a
TALLAHASSEE With Gov. Bob Graham arid programs of Florida's five water-man- stronger statement of the DER's position.
demanding a stronger statement, a state en- agement districts. Graham, who appointed Tschinkel DER sec-
vironmental official yesterday postponed final The general-policy section came under heavy retary just six weeks ago, informed her of his
action on a key section of a state water policy. attack by environmentalist. They charged that objections to the proposed policy in a meeting
Environmental Regulation Secretary Vic- DER watered down the water policy to ac- on Monday.
toria Tschinkel approved most of the con- comodate agriculture, developers and other "In general, he indicated that water policy
troversial 11-page policy, but delayed until special-interest water users. was one of the 10 things he most wanted to
June 8 a hearing on the crucial general-policy If so, the department failed to clear the
section. actions with Graham. See POLICY, page 2.
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not ranit, .
Graham said it is "a fraud to have The application was denied ifter L utoStlya n ruii .uiLulillg. l
t Coastal meet its contractual obliga- protesters packed public hearings. As gasoline prices rise, ille- lem, not just a mat
-tion ifl periQoic exploratory drilling Durl "Nthe 1969 furor, Gov. gal dumjn^Nwill become more housekeeping.
Sin alnt rea where we know that if Claude K called the company's
they are successful we are not mining application "a legal maneu- Tampa Tribu
t going to allow them to dig." ver by an unholy company." MAR 3 1 1 AM 200,000
m Herald MAR 2 9 81 S 220,000
POLICY, continued from page 1.
e accomplish when he was governor," she told "Most of the effort that's been put forth for F lg
reporters. the last eight months has been on this section," l
Tschinkel said she agreed with Graham that Blain told her. "I think to come to this point and
the general-policy statement should be revised leave most of the (general-policy proposals)
to make it stronger. She said the revision would lying out in the air pretty much OK and not A
focus on the following issues: come to some kind of a decision is a breech of
s 0 The degree to which conservation should responsibility."
e enter into water policy decisions; But Tschinkel refused to adopt non-con-
Management of flood plains; troversial items in the general-policy section.
A preference for natural water-man- She said it would be better to act on the entire By JOHN DUNN
agement methods over man-made facilities; section at one time. Tribune Staff Writer
More forceful language throughout the A w i t s l t g
T general-policy section. Asked why it took so long to get Graham's BARTOW Ten million gallons o
Charles Lee, a Florida Audobon Society vice response to the water policy, Tschinkel said: "I are flowing from the polluted Peace Rix
president who was one of the sharpest critics of think we had his input. I think the question is ing sinkhole and to the Floridan Aquif
S the original proposal, hailed Graham's in- always how you translate that into words." tonmental officials have determined.
"sistence on a stronger water policy. Thp lengthy hearing generally went With 95 percent of the river being
S Lee had been especially critical of what he smoothly, with Tschinkel neatly orchestrating since the river water is basically indu
Stormed weak statements regarding protection change* In other sections of the policy that were mestic wastewater discharges, the stat
g of marshes and natural management systems in recommended by her staff, the water-man- of Environmental Regulation has decu
e the original proposal. agemerit districts, conservationists ad special plug the hole before the rainy season.
"I think the approach they're adopting is in interests. DER engineer Steve Thompson sa
S reaction to concerns that the policy was gut-- The sections Tschinkel adopted will set poli- wdl take about a week to determi
less," he said. cy on water use, transporting water from one levelof the water flong to the Aqu
But Tschinkel denied that revision of the district to another, surface-water management, "People don't understand the Peace
general-policy section was motivated by Lee's minimum flows and levels, and district water- this part of the county is idustral w
threats to challenge the document in court, management plans. domestic wastewater discharges," TI
"That didn't make any difference to our "One good thing is there is no water
s decision," she said. "We get rules challenges all There was a flare-up late in the hearing when Lake or Lake Hancock going in."
S the time." Blain attacked Lee's call to name the document Those two lakes are among the n,
L.M. "Buddy" Blain, general counsel of the "General Water Policy and Guidance on Water the 14 county DER regional territory.
S Southwest Florida Water Management District, Management Programs, Rules and Plans." noted.
e criticized Tschinkel's decision to delay dis- Tschinkel disagreed. She stuck to the title The sinkhole is located just south
dl cussion of the general-policy section until June. "Water Policy." property owned by International Miner,
a cal Corp. Although the hole has existed
years, it was only recently that envir
cials discovered the size of the hole ha
Sto its present proportions.
""%sA' and is about 50 yards wide. It sets a\
Perm itting The hole measures from 10 feet t(
from the river and a small canal has 0
Well Permitting Policy S ^^ ^
ythe ,iver to the hole.
II a new rule adopted by Independent Post cases, Flanagan said, which The large collection of logs and
the Suwannce River Water 2 Weekly 5,0GO would avoid the extra costs mouth of the hole is testimony to the
Management listrit t Live Oak incurred under the state water that was swallowed up during
week is apprr d by the MAR 2 5 8 1 pl ', season.
S1. state, it could cut about $200 round level to the lttm 'h( reasoning behind Thompson said the diversion of
off the cost of having am rcluiring a concrete grout subsequent slowing of the flow do
off the cost ofin o the well.
water well put in.Sine current wellll. is to prevent a well from caused greater pollution of river wat"
,nal wa- Joe m lanagan, resource regulations require no punching a hole in a pocket land area and along State Road 640.
edicts mith the district said the grout, this wouid raise the of water closer to the sur- "The river is quite low, it's stagnant
hedi wh the Dstrct sad average cost f installing a ace an causing that water a heavy green color due to the large
Sdollar rule will e ess costly hanrom aut $1,5 to to flow down to a deeper that point," Thompson said. "If we s,
!fed other another water well rule $1,700, lanagan sai. level. would realize an increased flow do
federal roosed by the state ut the ) rule will only liut most wells being put would perhaps improve the river water
l)Departmnt of En- in now are surrounded by
'r Man- vironmental Itegulattn. allpply if the state water clay and other plastic soils Thompson said even though the w
8 water districts do not come up that mold around a well pipe into the aquifer, a large network t
g coun-'he I)KI rule, which with a policy of their own. do the same job con- streams that provides most of central I
he mon- would go into effect next 'I'h rule adopted by t rhe crl would do, Flanagan there have been no reports of poor qu
e South month, would require all )istric's governing loard ait. In this case, a corn- ter. Nor have there been reports of
and the wells to Ie, grouteded,," or 'TIhursday would require i tpete grourt job would I)(e ing water, he said.
"ad. be- surroundedttl hv ;I wo inch ,.,,,,ih ,,,^iy, Ihe lowor Itn