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||Memo: A market Approach Substitute for SWFWMD Regulatory Plan to Reduce Water Usage
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||Memo: A market Approach Substitute for SWFWMD Regulatory Plan to Reduce Water Usage, Sept 10, 1993, To: FL Citrus Mutual Board of Directors From J T Griffiths
||Box 10, Folder 14 ( SF-Water Use Caution Areas-SWFWMD - 1993-1994 ), Item 58
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CITRUS GROWER ASSOCIATES, INC.
2930 WINTER LAKE ROAD
LAKELAND. FLORIDA 33803
Date: September 10, 1993
To: Florida Citrus Mutual Board of Directors
From: J. T. Griffiths
Subject: A market a coachh substitute for SWFWMD
regulatory plan to reduce water usage.
You have had representatives on the SWUCA Work Group and you
held a series of meetings during the late summer concerning
the plans of the District.
For many years I've been pondering how one might best tie
the property right of land to the water which falls on it,
lies on its surface, or lies under it, as well as how water
can be equitably allocated between legitimate users.
The attached document has been submitted to SWFWMD as a
substitute for what their staff is offering. They want to
regulate with finite amounts for all users. They want to
base that on their own beliefs about efficiency. Finally,
they offer no flexibility in what a farmer or other user
might do if, for whatever reason, his quota has actually
I wanted something which offered us the continued use of
water at no cost in a sufficient amount to take care of our
very basic needs. I have equated that amount with 10 inches
of irrigation water per acre and have suggested that this is
equivalent to a person being allowed to have 75 gallons of
water per day.
As long as we can all operate within so called "safe yield"
parameters, we might be allowed as much as 150 or 160 per-
cent of the basic quantity without any penalty. However,
when it is necessary to reduce the amount of water being
used, I have suggest that a fine be imposed by the District
for percent of water used above whatever the free amount
turns out to be and the charge would increase at a more
rapid rate than the percentage increase in volume.
You might want to consider this concept as it compares
with the regulatory restrictions which the District would
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I've offered a suggestion that where a farmer on flatwoods
land has a reservoir, a water hole, or the use of horizon-
tal wells which allow him to live off of the rainfall in the
surficial aquifer without a necessity for wells, he should
have no restriction placed upon him at all. I'd probably
suggest that a similar situation exists on the Ridge where
the grower does not use more than 10 inches of water for
irrigation per year. In both instances the farmer is living
off the water which his land has received from the sky.
There ought to be some way to work this principle in to how
If you have any interest in discussing this with me, just
let me know and I'll be glad to arrange to talk with you.
Thank you for your consideration.
cc: Mr. Bobby..McKown
Mr. Joe Gleason, Esq.