Hearing causes on water-use rights
By DIANi BTAL.NOS
BROOKSVILLE the State Legislature need
devoBad itoio gof tot t a
tee we told W dnesday.
That recommendation came from residents and
spokesmen or organizations appearun at the first o
three scheduled committee public hearings on water use,
abuse and management within the state.
The day-ong meeting was conducted in the boar4
room of the Southwet Plorda Water Management Dis-
trict (commonly known as Swiftmud).
to rtm r that
E. to ru r power drUBM dapth for futurM wes
t provision my avoid a repetion of problems mat
occurred during the recent drought with shallow
a going dry, several speakers contended.
AFTER LISTENING to pesentations fromsix per-
sons, RaD-Broolksvlle, who
heads the select committee, vWnced -
tAotke the prese1 off f proubd w"ter resources
2I 2e drohts, he lid.W
Recreation, Water ComervaUi l a otm Autoaarity,
preheated reolatq from btabthgtiH pltlon
rigardi attempts yoth* i si omceSum-
terl" W sury< W.1 1
Thmthoity uporg t ot tc eri poafDpri per-
ty rig towne s a gm t ad'uader-
rou anrt, e reolution staed.
.. TOS 'ATS' poliy should to pribit neigh-
boran fo f owners tUp maoiwabe Ae of those
Hwnsever, he acknowledged t der questioning by a
comftrtee member tat R ep. Tom Brown, D-Daftona
Beach, that a defilntion is eded ibr the term "reassa-
"The philoeopig sound Sao4but the really lacks
specifics to carry out the poy," Brown asid.
The definition of reasonable should prohibit large wa-
ter users from adversely affecting sm users around
them, Sringt contended. That definition should be
determined by hdrologists and not by the committee, he
Swiftmswt*i a ra optmdrawn-d
, on twh aMPOuegrlwat supply to a fimveoot
which should ent a oer qdrsaw. Boewi siEd. sou
like to set rthsme gtrictio enacted I the St Johns
Water Maaqsbic t latrcLt, which anchldes bl aa,
Brown isai. aI .
8tTC iL should not be made for the state as .
who, but ud b tailord to speeimc are Spring-
stead sd. .
The us of 4eat-dmait wemm by.ountiesm o
Srei watm adthoits to m ada d adqurefprop
*rty for weB iel shuld be extremely limited, Sri
ntieser gdng so*b ection bould first be ri
ftapdL B Itsmande it clear that definite plan-
ni t laeatat using sites al Sumter
water supply, rgp stelaid. -
-Thtae lreay ha settled the question of water
ownerhip by ruling that water is a statewide rmurcs,
NO WX VEX. lE agreed that the question of who has
CHARLES R. SMITH
S.. hers presentations.
o th in 2m the till .una th.
response to alegations by Pasco County resident
h Gbr that pumping by the West Coast Water
up Aathodty has adversely affected well and lakes
. i arthern Poaso ad southern Herando counties, Pi-
n County layer John Aen responded that his coun-
ty would be the fsit hurt if that well fleld was damaged
by oerpum ng
Pinellais the major investor in the well field situated
at the northern Pasco County line.