MINUTES OF THE MEETING
Southwest Florida Water Management District
Brooksville, Florida May 26, 1993
The Planning Committee of the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management
District met at 10:19 a.m. on May 26, 1993, at District Headquarters. The following persons
were present: James L. Cox, Chairman; Rebecca M. Eger, James E. Martin and Sally Thompson,
Members; Charles A. Black, Chairman, Governing Board; Mark D. Farrell, Richard S. Owen,
Paul O'Neil, Bruce Wirth, Rand Frahm, Terry Johnson, Jan McLean, Jay Yingling, Mikel Renner,
Joe Quinn, Pamela Armstrong and LuAnne Stout, District Staff; Chris Person, Department of
Environmental Regulation; Pick Tally, Pinellas County Water System; Bill Johnson, City of
St. Petersburg; Loring Lovell, Sarasota County; Becky Ayech, B.E.Aware Research; Nanette
Holland, Tampa Tribune; J. T. Griffiths; and others.
Chairman Cox called the meeting to order.
Approval of the Minutes of the Committee Meeting of April 28, 1993
Following consideration, Ms. Thompson moved, seconded by Mr. Martin, to approve the minutes
of the April 28, 1993, meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Update on Water Allocation Strategies Project
Mr. Owen said that in the Fiscal Year 1993 budget, $250,000 is allocated for water allocation
projects but a specific project was not identified. He said that approximately $17,000 of these
funds was used for the water allocation workshop held on March 12, 1993. Mr. Owen said these
funds will also be utilized for the alternate sources/funding workshop on June 24, 1993. He said
that at the Committee's April meeting, three other items were identified:
(1) Economic consultant for economic impact statement for the Southern Water
Use Caution Area (SWUCA).
(2) Agriculture acreage estimates for the SWUCA investigate reducing permitted
quantities and granting permits based on historical use.
(3) Investigate market transfers of water rights assistance from legal standpoint
with the remaining funds after (1) and (2) are completed.
Using an overhead projector, Mr. Wirth then presented item (2), noting that beginning on
January 1, 1997, the District will require information on permits that will provide historical data.
In response to Ms. Eger's question, Chairman Cox said that cases such as Manatee and Sarasota
counties public supply well fields which do not have historical usage will be treated as special
cases and considered carefully. Mr. Farrell noted that this also affects other public supply and
industrial uses. Mr. Wirth presented a chart depicting permitted and estimated water use in the
Eastern Tampa Bay and Southern Water Use Caution Areas. He reviewed examples of
permitted/estimated acres versus permitted/reported use. Mr. Owen said that the District needs
to look at who is using water and how reduction will be achieved, and also to capture the best
estimates of how each user has contributed to the dilemma. In response to Ms. Eger's question,
Mr. Wirth said that historical acreage and pumpage information on a permit-by-permit basis is
not available now. In response to Mr. Black's question, Mr. Wirth said that staff is checking 70
percent of all metered use in the District. Chairman Cox asked whether use of these funds for
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a consultant to do agriculture production estimates requires further approval. Mr. Farrell
responded that the Finance and Administration Committee must provide approval if the amount
is over $25,000. The Committee generally concurred with pursuing item (2).
Mr. Yingling then reviewed item (1) and presented the major elements of the scope of work for
the SWUCA economic analysis. Mr. Owen noted that the economic analysis will enable the
District to defend its position when implementing the management plan. Mr. Yingling said that
the request for proposals has been sent and proposals are due by June 18, 1993. He said that
staff will present a short-list of consultants to the Finance and Administration Committee at the
June meeting. Mr. Owen noted that staff wants to allow the consultant to expand the scope of
work and do the Northern Water Use Caution Area when the time comes. He said that item (3)
will be discussed with the Committee later this year. The Committee's consensus was approval.
(Ms. Eger left the meeting at this time.)
Report on the First Meeting of the
Governing Board/Basin Board Joint Planning Committee
Mr. Owen said this item was placed on the agenda for Committee members to provide their
impressions of the first meeting. Chairman Cox said it was an excellent meeting with all
members of the Governing Board Planning Committee present and all Basin Boards represented.
He noted that he made several commitments on behalf of the Governing Board, and Fred
Campbell was elected vice chairman. Ms. Thompson said she feels the Basin Board members
do not know what the Governing Board is doing. She said she wants the process to be
participatory so that Basin Board members can be the direct contacts with the public. She said
it is frustrating for the three Hillsborough boards since there is a need to share information but
members can only talk at board meetings. Mr. Owen said he has three follow-up items from the
meeting: (1) staff revise/draft a consolidated mission for the committee and list priorities/topics
for discussion, (2) balance between staff and Basin Board members setting the agenda, and
(3) the next meeting is to be focused. Chairman Cox said that two commitments he made are
quarterly tracking of basin budgets, and implementation of a basin project management activity.
Mr. Farrell said that the draft report from Peat Marwick has specific findings/recommendations
which should be discussed with the joint committee.
Local Government Planning Assistance Overview
Mr. Frahm said there is a growing recognition that land use planning and water management
must be coordinated for growth management and planning to be effective in guiding growth,
development and resource management toward a desirable future. He noted that, through its local
government planning assistance program, the District has been proactive in bridging land use
planning and water management. Mr. Frahm then provided examples of this linkage in
conjunction with the District Water Management Plan's Areas of Responsibility. He presented
an overview of the program as revised since recent legislation amending the state's growth
management laws. Mr. Owen said staff will present more details on the Environmental Lands
Management Study (ELMS) legislation at next month's Committee meeting.
(Ms. Eger entered the meeting at this time.)
Development of the June Committee Agenda
Items for the agenda are the ELMS Legislation, District Water Management Plan Management
Support Section, and Overview of Changes to Chapter 17-40, Florida Administrative Code, State
The meeting adjourned at 11:47 a.m.
June 30, 1993
1. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE
COMMITTEE MEETING OF MAY 26, 1992
2. REVIEW OF PROBLEM CASES IN PERMITTING
Even though the District has a fairly extensive set of .rules, situations arise in permitting
that are not explicitly covered by them, or which require rule interpretation. A number
of problem cases that have arisen in water use permitting, and their handling, will be
discussed. These include:
1. Permit renewals in the Most Impacted Area (MIA) of the Eastern Tampa Bay
Water Use Caution Area where the permitted has not fully developed the permitted
2. Renewal of unused "standby" quantities, and their potential for relocation,
3. Permitting withdrawals from surface water sources where the surface water body
is augmented with reclaimed water,
4. Permitting of emergency standby wells for fire protection, crop protection, or
effluent replacement, and
5. Permitting existing quantities in new locations in the MIA.
Other cases may be presented as time allows.
This item is presented as a matter of information and action is not required.
Presenter: Kenneth A. Weber, Chief Regulation Hydrogeologist,
Technical Services Department, Resource Regulation
3. DEVELOPMENT OF THE JULY COMMITTEE AGENDA
The Committee will develop an agenda for its meeting in July.
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