RECOMMENDATIONS TO FULL COMMISSION
Adopted September, 1995
Recommendation Number A.l.:
Flood Protection Projects:
1. Water Management Districts should continue to construct,
operate and maintain regional multi-purpose flood
protection works and flood protection land acquisition.
2. The decisions on which works to be constructed and lands
to be acquired should be left to each District within the
framework established by current statutes.
3. Primary responsibility for local and private flood
protection land acquisition and works programs should
remain with local general purpose governments, special
districts, and private citizens.
S4. Each District should investigate whether it is advisable
to enter into contracts with private contractors to
operate and maintain flood protection works and manage
flood plain lands should, and implement such contracts if
they are cost-effective and achieve the stated goals of
Recommendation Number A.2.:
Flood Protection Regulation
1. Maintain the current authority of the Districts to
regulate potential water quantity impacts of water
2. Maintain the ability of the Districts, in response to
changing conditions, to modify their water quantity rules
3. Flood protection standards should be established
regionally by each District as appropriate to address
regional variations in hydrologic conditions.
Permitting Procedures: Staff Issuance of Permits
1. The permitting process at each District should be
modified to have all permits issued by the executive
director or his designee, with the exception those
permits for which a written request has been made that
the permit be heard by the Governing Board.
2. This recommendation is not to be interpreted to reduce in
any manner the noticing provisions; such noticing
provisions should remain as are currently provided.
Recommendation C.1.b. 1)
Consistent Procedural Rules
To the degree possible, the procedural rules of all the
Districts should be made consistent.
Action Directed to: Districts
Recommendation Number F.1.:
Water as a State Resource
Continue to recognize that water is considered a state,
resource, and continue District regulation of consumptive uses
Recommendation Number G.2.:
Consumptive Use Permit Durations
Districts should issue the longest duration consumptive use
permits possible, with consideration of economic factors as
well as water resource and natural resource protection.
Existing User Priority Over New Uses
Amend S 373.233(1) to read:
(1) the right to approve or modify the application
which beat serves the.public interest. In weighing the
public interest, substantial weight shall be given to an
applicant seeking renewal of a permit.
Modifications to Agricultural Permitting
1. Establish long-term general farm permits incorporating
all regulatory functions.
2. The Districts should train staff to have both practical
and technical knowledge of production agricultural
practices within the District through such programs as
in-service training and workshops.
Action Directed to: Districts