Title: Memorandum to Interested Organizations/Individuals from Don Turk, Director, Public Relations, Florida Farm Bureau Federation, enclosing a copy of a le
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FLORIDA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
POST OFFICE BOX 730 -TELEPHONE 378-1321 -GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602 BI


July 22, 1981





To: Interested Organizations/Individuals

From: Don Turk, Director
Public Relations

Subj: State Water Policy

For your information, I am forwarding a copy of a letter sent over
Mr. Kautz's signature to the Governing Board members of the South Florida
Water Management District. Identical or similar letters were sent to
board members of the other four Water Management Districts.

Enclosure

Distribution:

Bill Boardman, Dairy Farmers, Inc.
Jim Griffiths, Florida Citrus Mutual
Wayne Crain, Florida Fruit and Vegetables Association
Daryl McAteer, Lykes Brothers, Inc.
Dalton Yancey, Florida Sugar Cane League
Doug Bournique, Indian River Citrus League
Ron Stephens, Florida Cattlemen's Association
Cliff Beasley, Florida Citrus Processors Association
Carroll Lamb, Florida Forestry Association
Don McAllister, A. Duda and Sons, Inc.
Leon Miller, A. Duda and Sons, Inc.
Riley Miles, Water Users Association of Florida
Phil Parsons
Buddy Blain

CC: Walter Kautz
Bill Hunter









FLORIDA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION AM
POST OFFICE BOX 730 -TELEPHONE 378-1321- GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA 32602 \\ BUI

July 20, 1981




Following letter individually addressed to Governing Board
Members of the South Florida Water Management District
regarding State Water Policy






As you are aware, the Secretary of the Department
of Environmental Regulation is in the rulemaking process
for the State Water Policy, Chapter 17-40, F.A.C.

The major issue yet to be resolved is that of "property
rights."

Farm Bureau firmly supports the basic American tenet
that certain rights dwell with property and property
ownership.

Farm Bureau supports the proposal now before the
Secretary which reads:

"17-40.04(5) In implementing consumptive use
permitting programs, the department and districts
shall recognize the rights of property owners, as
limited by law, to withdraw and make consumptive uses
of groundwater from their land for reasonable-beneficial
uses."

We are open to changes in this language which would
accomplish the same end.

Farm Bureau requests the South Florida Water Management
District reconsider its opposition to this proposal and
support inclusion of this language in the State Water
Policy.

There are several points I would like to make in
support of this position.


W. W 1










Page 2
July 20, 1981




Farm Bureau does not desire to override, set aside,
circumvent or restrict the existing statutory authority,
administrative rules or existing consumptive use permits
relating to water. We recognize the existing reasonable-
beneficial use doctrine of water as established by law.

Farm Bureau does not support the concept of water
"banking." We believe water resources should be developed
and used on a first come first serve basis as determined
by need, resource availability and the public interest.

We are interested in a recognition of inherent right
of land to be used by the owner, including the right to
use water under that land. We believe there to be a public
interest in the development and utilization of our land
resources.

Farm Bureau recognizes the rights of non-agricultural
uses to water, and seeks a similar recognition of the
rights of existing agricultural users. We are, however,
concerned about the recognition and protection from future
urban well field withdrawals that will cause harm to
existing agricultural users.

In the event there are two concurrent permit applications,
we believe the landowner should have special recognition
in the decision. The land has contributed to the development
of the water resource and should be recognized in the
allocation of the resource.

Farm Bureau appreciates your consideration of this
position and requests your support.

Sincerely,



Walter J. Kautz
President


WJK :bk

cc: Victoria Tschinkel, Secretary of Department of Environmental
Regulations
John R. Maloy, Executive Director, South Florida Water
Management District








FLORIDA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
FARM
POST OFFICE BOX 730 -TELEPHONE 378-1321 GAINESVILLE. FLORIDA 32602 BUREAU
FEDERATIONRA

July 28, 1981






The Honorable Bob Graham, Governor
State of Florida
The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

RE: STATE WATER POLICY

Dear Bob:

As you know, Secretary Tschinkel has initiated rule-
making for adoption of a State Water Policy. I know this
matter is of great interest to you.

Florida Farm Bureau has taken a position in support
of the inclusion of language in the Policy that recognizes
that certain rights dwell with property and property owner-
ship.

For your information, I am enclosing a copy of a letter
I sent to members of the five water management district
boards. We are not locked into the proposed language in
the letter, but feel the issue must be affirmatively addressed.

Also enclosed is recently drafted language that is
also acceptable to us.

We appreciate your review of this matter and request
your favorable support.

Since lyi


Walter J. Kautz
President
WJK:bk
Enclosures
cc: Victoria Tschinkel, Secretary, Florida Department
of Environmental Regulation
Don Turk

bc: Bill Hunter
Scottie Butler


Phil Parsons
Daryle McAteer
Riley Miles
Buddy Blain
Representative Chuck Smith








FLORIDA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
FARM
POST OFFICE BOX 730 -TELEPHONE 378-1321 -GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA 32602 BU

July 20, 1981




Following letter individually addressed to Governing Board
Members of the Southwest Florida Water Management District
regarding State Water P61icy





As you are aware, the Secretary of the Department
of Environmental Regulation is in the rulemaking process
for the State Water Policy, Chapter 17-40, F.A.C.

The major issue yet to be resolved is that of "property
rights."

Farm Bureau firmly supports the basic American tenet
that certain rights dwell with property and property
ownership.

Farm Bureau supports the proposal now before the
Secretary which reads:

"17-40.04(5) In implementing consumptive use
permitting programs, the department and districts
shall recognize the rights of property owners, as
limited by law, to withdraw and make consumptive uses
of groundwater from their land for reasonable-beneficial
uses."

We are open to changes in this language which would
accomplish the same end.

Farm Bureau requests your review of this proposal
and your support of inclusion of this language in the State
Water Policy.

There are several points I would like to make in
support of this position.











Page 2
July 20, 1981




Farm Bureau does not desire to override, set aside,
circumvent or restrict the existing statutory authority,
administrative rules or existing consumptive use permits
relating to water. We recognize the existing reasonable-
beneficial use doctrine of water as established by law.

Farm Bureau does not support the concept of water
"banking." We believe water resources should be developed
and used on a first come first serve basis as determined
by need, resource availability and the public interest.

We are interested in a recognition of inherent right
of land to be used by the owner, including the right to
use water under that land. We believe there to be a public
interest in the development and utilization of our land
resources.

Farm Bureau recognizes the rights of non-agricultural
uses to water, and seeks a similar recognition of the
rights of existing agricultural users. We are, however,
concerned about the recognition and protection from future
urban well field withdrawals that will cause harm to
existing agricultural users.

In the event there are two concurrent permit applications,
we believe the landowner should have special recognition
in the decision. The land has contributed to the development
of the water resource and should be recognized in the
allocation of the resource.

Farm Bureau appreciates your consideration of this
position, @nd requests your support.

Sincerely,



Walter J. autz
President


WJK :bk

cc: Victoria Tschinkel, Secretary of Department of Environmental
Regulations












AMENDMENTS TO STATE WATER POLICY

CHAPTER 17-40


I. ADDITIONAL STATEMENT TO INCLUDE IN GENERAL WATER POLICY


( ) Promote attainment of maximum economic development

of water and related land resources consistent with

protection of the resource for other uses.


II. AMENDMENTS TO SECTION 17-40.04, WATER USE


(1) In implementing a consumptive use permit program

the Department and Districts shall recognize the

public interest in allocating available, unpermitted

water supplies for use and development of land resources.

(2) Consumptive uses of water in quantities which cause

significant adverse impacts on off-site land uses or

legal uses of water shall be curtailed or abated or

the impact shall be mitigated by the permitee.

Significant adverse impacts on off-site land uses

shall include reduction in surface water bodies or

canals, land collapse or subsidence, or damages to

crops or other vegetation. Significant adverse impacts

on legal uses of water shall include reductions in

water levels, water supplies or water quality.




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