SU ed States Department o Xe Interior
Water Resources Division R ^O : 5 4
6481 Peachtree Industrial' 1 ulear '
Doraville, Georgia 30340
February 2, 1976
Mr. Donald R. Feaster, Executive Director
Southwest Florida Water Management District
P.O. Box 457
Brooksville, Florida 33512
Thank you for your letter and note of January 23, 1976 requesting
comments regarding the B. C. & E. report, "Florida's Water Resources,
An Evaluation and Management Philosophy."
As you are aware, I have been contacted on several occasions to appear
before your board regarding applications for consumptive use permits.
I have declined and attempted to remain non-committal; therefore, I am
reluctant to comment at all.
However, I have read the report and will offer the following general
1. The authors have not presented an accurate description of
the water crop concept. It appears that there is a great misunder-
standing of the concept and its application on their part.
2. The report deals at some length with the restrictions placed
on municipal well fields but ignores what the SWFWMD board has approved.
Regulatory levels were established for the Eldridge Wilde field 2+mi2
based on the water crop concept. These regulatory levels would allow
more than 30 million gallons a day to be produced from the field.
Regulatory levels have been established for other well fields in the
District which could allow greater than 640,000 gpd/mi2 to be produced.
3. Sound water management should not be equated only to the most
economical way to pump water from an aquifer.
The water crop concept is a sound, water management tool. The concept
like another tool should be used in a manner that will achieve "good
water management". It is encouraging to note that the authors feel
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that other agencies are following SWFWMD's lead in the application of the
water crop concept.
Don, I do not wish to. meddle or to provide unsolicited observations; however,
I suspect that the problem you are encountering with the rules has little to
do with the water crop concept but has a lot to do with Cypress Creek.
Incidentally, I prepared a short write up concerning the water crop at the
request of the chairman. After leaving the District, I brought it to
SWFWMD's Tampa office for retyping and drafting. I understand Buddy has it
but I never received a copy and I do need to change one part. Would you
please send me a copy so that I can make the necessary changes? I will return
it for whatever use you may have of it.
R. N. Cherry
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