Title: Agricultural Interests to Resume Bid for Farmers' Watering Rights
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Title: Agricultural Interests to Resume Bid for Farmers' Watering Rights
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Language: English
Publisher: Sentinel
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Sentinel Article Agricultural Interests to Resume Bid for Farmers' Watering Rights June 7, 1981
General Note: Box 9, Folder 6 ( SF- State Water Policy/Property Rights Issue - 1980-1981 ), Item 69
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00001812
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Agriculture and citrus
:'. Bob Bobroff
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Florida's agricultural organiza-
tions Monday will try to strengthen
:the farmers' right to water for their
* crops.
At a Department of Environmin-
tal Regulation workshop in Talla-
hassee, the state water policy will
again be argued. Among those at-
tending will be Dr. James Griffiths
of Florida Citrus Mutual.
That 15,000-member grower co-
operative has been seeking support
of other agricultural organizationss
for a proposal that would give the
farmers qualified property rights to
the water on or under their lands.
Bobby McKown, Mutual execu-
tive vice president, said Griffiths
will seek approval of an addition to
the rules that would recognize "the
qualified rights of property owners
to use the ground water under their
land for reasonable-beneficial par-
poses, and shall continually seek
maintenance of a proper balance
between competing users."
Ever since water became a seri-
ous issue, more than 20 years ago,
many Florida farmers and ranchers
have argued that the water under
their land, just as oil, is their
property.
In more recent times, water has
been described as being mor like
quail: If there is a covey of quail on
one's property, the landowner can.
S do anything he wants with thm,
but once they fly a, they am no
longer his.
Griffiths believes that all citizens


hav e right to enough water
drink, eat and take a Saturd
night bath." W e believes that wb
water management districts is
consumptive permits, they shot
consider property rights and 1
contribution the user has made
available water supplies.
Translated that would mean ti
the owner of land, through wh
the underground and surface wa
supplies amre recharged, has a
right to water than, say than
person living in a condominit
from which them is no recharge.
The entire issue almost came 1
head during the past low weeks
cause of the drought. One maw
meant district wanted to limit
amount f water used by far
who had previously obtained
mits for specific amounts of wa
The district wanted to put Into
fect a blanket mandatory reduce
ofwater use.
The recent rainfall quieted
issue,


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Mutual claims its position "has
no real effect upon the permitting
process that has already been un-
dertaken by South Florida and
Southwest Florida Water Manage-
mentTU-fr&cs."
However, McKown said, n those
districts where pemmittg has not
taken place, the rights of the prop
erty owner to coatime to use that
which be has used or that which


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CE Knight has been named as-
sistant director of the Divison of
Fruit and Vegetable Inspection
At the same time he announced
Knights appointment, Agriculture
Commissioner Doyle Conner
named Novell Hall as deputy direc-
tor. Hall has been assistant director
for years.
Knight was with the USDA Agri-
cultural Marketing Service for six
years before joking the Florida Ag-
riculture Department 0 years ago.
He has been chief of citrus inspect
tion bureau for the past 10 years.

Bits ad piems: George F. Son,
one of Florida's leading authorities
o farm labor, has been named as-
sistant general manager of Florida
Fruit and Vegetable Association.
He has been with FFVA since 1953
and will also serve as assistant
treasurer ... The American Society
of Agricultural Engl eers will hold
its national summer meeting at
Sheraton Twin Towers, Orlando,
June 21-24 ... William DeVault,
Winter Haven, who for eight years
has been in charge of inspecting
roadside ctru sals pas has re-
tihd from the Fruit and Vegetable
Inspection Division which he
serd for 30 years.


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