Title: 17-40 General Water Policy Hearing Draft 6/8/81
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Title: 17-40 General Water Policy Hearing Draft 6/8/81
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Language: English
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Chapter 17-40 General Water Policy Hearing Draft 6/8/81
General Note: Box 9, Folder 6 ( SF- State Water Policy/Property Rights Issue - 1980-1981 ), Item 8
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17-40.03 General Water Policy

The following statement of general water policy shall provide

a basis for Department review of water management programs, rules,

and plans. Water management programs, rules and plans, where

economically and environmentally feasible, not contrary to the

public interest, and consistent with Florida law, shall seek to:

(1) Assure availability of an adequate and affordable

supply of water for all reasonable-beneficial uses. Uses of water

authorized by a permit shall be limited to reasonable-beneficial

uses.

(2) Reserve from use that water necessary to support

essential non-withdrawal demands, including navigation, recreation,

and the protection of fish and wildlife.

(3) Promote water conservationAas an integral part of

water management programs, rules, and plansatd-rthe use

of water of the lowest acceptable quality for the purpose intended.

(4) Utilize, preserve, restore, and enhance natural water

management systems and discourage the channelization or other

alteration of natural rivers, streams and lakes.

(5) Protect the water storage and water quality enhancement

functions of wetlands, floodplains, 'and aquifer discharge areas

through acquisition, enforcement of laws, and the application of

land and water management practices which provide for compatible

uses.

(6) Mitigate adverse impacts resulting from prior altera-

tion of natural hydrologic patterns and fluctuations in surface

and ground water levels.

(7) Establish minimum flows and levels to protect water

resources and the environmental values associated with marine,

estuarine, freshwater, and wetlands ecology.





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(8) Encourage non-structural solutions to water resource

problems and give adequate consideration to non-structural alterna-

tives whenever structural works are proposed.

(9) Encourage the management of flgodptains and other flood

hazard areas to prevent or reduce flood damage consistent with

establishment and maintenance of desirable hydrologic characteristics

of such areas.

(10) Manage the construction and operation of facilities

which dam, divert, or otherwise alter the flow of surface waters to

prevent increased floQding, oi.,I erosionn or excessive'drainage. ;'':

(11)' Encourage,the development of local or regional water t

supplies within districts rather than transport water across.District

boundaries.

(12) Control point and non-point sources of water pollution

to the greatest degree feasible as provided in Chapters 17-3, and

17-6, F.A.C.

(13) Develop interstate agreements and undertake cooperative

programs with Alabama and Georgia to provide for coordinated manage-

ment of surface and ground waters.


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