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Tribune Staff Writer- '- "'IA tc: .r"The T~idietiwfwas callediby stattReep. Another farmer, 'Jim Daniel, aid the
RIVERVIE l croug Jim Davis, chairman of HUlsboroug' egi res of studying water problems In the
SRIVe E. iy.i ough r and Mana- lative delegation. Lawmakersnfrom -ills- lghtcounty Southern Water Use Caution
tee County n eraeii are caegiam South- boroughManatee and Polk counties were was "a runaway train." He said the
e Florid.Water MaPnaement ,PM ct ., water management district was playing
trt id#d*retr,.," into
tak r ows S l i t said the Information obtained and loose with the truth."
s warte" p faist wells, computer models and maps -But Dave Moore,. the district's deputy
One farmer, Don Seg o 'is iscntifically questionable falls to ecutive Adirector for resource manage-
~esret Fars, called iethw "an em- support the restrictions the direct wants to countered Sleght's challenge, saying
,e.L ap., ^ : mp a farmers,' particularly those'.ln rmer wa using the district's data se-
SbriOt a meeting at ~Iverview.lemen- ~ lth borough, Manate and^sorthd ar v to make hls point ,.
tary School on Monday night. Sleight said iasdi Where the problems are considered .No doubt about it, the aquifer we're
tanr School on Monday night Sleight said
an independent analysis of district findings 4ndstseio a .*" "' 1 ag'rlth Is highly variable," Moore
"makes it appear the data has been manip- ". "ii fact, there may be nd crisis M all," One'well may show problems, while
i .. ..
qy-1 o s
another might not And areas that are low
during dry months will fill up when it rains.
But averages over several decades show in-
disputable declines in the aquifer and ta-
creasing evidence of coastal well contami-
nation, Moore said.
No one can deny there is a problem,
said Tom Dyer, of Two Rivers Ranch. But
the district's severe restrictions, which in-
dude a ban on new permits in south Hills-
borough and Manatee counties and move
to prevent the transfer of permits, will n l
the farmers, he said.
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The farmers, however, also mut
work harder to find solutions, Dyer
He called for more incentives to
get farmers to conserve water.
Earlier in the meeting, Peter
Hubbell, the district's executive di-
rector, said 95 percent of the 32
percent Increase in the district's
proposed tax rate for next year
would go toward a fund to find new
This discussion also angered the
farmers because it brought out the
district's resistance to building In-
land dams to create reservoirs. This
disrupts wetlands and estuaries,
But there are other methods,
such as desalination and wastewater
treatment, he said.
County Commissioner Lydia
Miller complained that some com-
munities, such as Sun City Center,
were set up to use treated wastewa- '
ter for Irrigation, but there wasn't
"You've just made my case" for
needing money to develop new wa-
ter sources, Hubbell said.
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