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BLAIN & CONE, P. A.
202 MADISON STREET
TAMPA, FLORIDA 33602
FAX (813) 228-6422
L. M. BUDDY BLAIN
THOMAS E. CONE, JR.
DOUGLAS P. MANSON
HALLIE S. EVANS
SUSAN K. SCARCELLI
FREDERICK T. REEVES
CHARLES E. KLUG, JR.
November 7, 1991
Mr. Chuck Littlejohn
402 W. College Avenue
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
It has become essential that DER be monitored very closely in
connection with any changes to the State Water Policy.
As you recall when the State Water Policy was originally adopted
it was after a year of exhaustive hearings and was a consensus of
not only DER and Water Management Districts, but also of the
L. M. Buddy B/ain
Tom L. Rankin
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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
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The State Water Conference was held in Tampa on October 2,3, and 4, 1991. The conference
was sponsored by the various water management districts and DER, with Southwest Florida
Water Management District (SWFWMD) hosting the program.
The general sessions addressed the current status and future directions of state water
management and water policy. The speakers included the executive directors of all five water
management districts and DER Secretary Carol Browner. The following items represent some of
the comments and themes from these sessions:
* The Districts are required to develop "needs and sources" plans reviewing expected
water demands and how those demands will be met. For example, agriculture and
industry may be able to use recycled water, leaving fresh water for potable uses.
Users who "buy into" needs and sources recommendations may be offered permits of
extended duration (i.e. more than 10 years).
User fees were discussed on various occasions during the general sessions. Such
fees were noted as sources of revenue for state programs.
DER and the water management districts are discussing a coordinate surface water
permitting program to be administered by the districts. Permits issued under this
program would satisfy water management district and DER requirements.
* Secretary Browner and others emphasized that water should be first set aside for
protection of the resource, with the excess allocated for other uses.
Recent polls indicate that the "vast majority" of the public think the government is
not doing enough regarding protection of the environment.
Numerous speakers expressed concern about the lack of a uniform, centralized
water policy. State legislators at the program suggested that such policy should be
first set by the legislature and then implemented by the agencies, rather than having
such policy developed by rulemaking at the agencies.
* Clay Henderson (Volusia County Commissioner) emphasized the capability of local
programs and the importance of involving these programs in meeting overall
* Secretary Browner announced that DER will begin developing revisions to the
state water policy within the next month. Water resource protection and water use/
allocation will be addressed.