Title: On National Scale, Florida's Waters are Insignificant
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Title: On National Scale, Florida's Waters are Insignificant
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Publisher: U.S. Water News
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: U.S. Water News Article November, 1988
General Note: Box 7, Folder 4 ( Vail Conference 1989 - 1989 ), Item 81
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00000982
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Holding Location: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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- U.S.WI4TNBE INovember, 1988

On national scale,
Florida's waters
are insignificant
TAL-AHASSEE, Fla. Florida
environmentalists are fuming over
the state's failure so far to list any
body of water, including the Ever-
glades, as "nationally significant," a
designation prescribed by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA). According to EPA's definition,
nationally important waters are pro-
tected from virtually any type of de-
velopment, in addition to being
restricted from receiving stormwa-
ter runoff.
The Florida Department of En-
vironmental Regulation has deter-
mined that due to the strict nature of
the designation, it can't apply the
status to any bodies of water in the
state. This has angered environmen-
tal groups, who charge that the de-
partment is intentionally
interpreting the category in the
strictest manner out of fear that it
would curtail development activi-

Department officials, however, say
they are being cautious about the
new designation in order to deter-
mine if it is workable. They say
EPA's definition means the.only de-
velopment permits that could be is-
sued for projects along nationally
significant waters would be for tem-
porary construction of such projects
as boat ramps. Tb make such a desig-
nation, they say, would require legis-
lative action, since under current
Florida law residential docks are ex-
empt from permitting requirements.
The department, however, has not
said it absolutely won't make the
designation. State officials are still
debating the status of the Ever-
glades, which under the current plan
would be considered as having only
state or regional importance.
For the Everglades not to be na-
tionally significant is ridiculous, ac-
cording to Tom Reese, who
represents an environmental group
called ManaSota-88. "Congress said
the Everglades were nationally sig-
nificant when they created the
park," said Reese, "and the United
Nations has said the Everglades are
internationally significant."

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