Title: SWFWMD Board Declares Southern Groundwater Basin a Water Use Caution Area
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Title: SWFWMD Board Declares Southern Groundwater Basin a Water Use Caution Area
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Language: English
Publisher: Florida Environments
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: SWFWMD Board Declares Southern Groundwater Basin a Water Use Caution Area, Jan 1993
General Note: Box 10, Folder 14 ( SF-Water Use Caution Areas-SWFWMD - 1993-1994 ), Item 72
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00002357
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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SWFWMD Board Declares
Southern Groundwater Basin
a Water Use Caution Area
Most of the southern two-thirds of
the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District are now within a new
Water Use Caution Area (WUCA)
called the Southern Groundwater Ba-
sin WUCA, established by the Dis-
trict's Governing Board at its October
1992 meeting.
The Board expressed its concern
over saltwater intrusion and overpum-
pimg of wells within this 7,000 square
mile area which ranges from Hillsbo-
rough and Polk counties in the north to
Charlotte County in the south, and


which encompasses the existing East-
ern Tampa Bay and Highlands Ridge
WUCAs. Eight of the District's 16
counties are now included in the
Southern Groundwater Basin WUCA.
A Southern Basin WUCA work
group will be formed so that affected
water users can work with the District.
to solve the problems in the area.
Members of the work groups will in-
clude agricultural, industrial and pub-
lic supply water users, along with area
residents and environmental interests.
Staff presented a Southern Basin ac-
tion plan to the Board in October re-
sponsive to the Board's commitment
to finding alternate water sources with-
in the area, including the reuse of treat-
ed wastewater, desalinization, and the
use of non-potable water where possi-
ble.
Although stringent water use restric-
tions have already been in effect for
more than two years within an area
within the Southern Groundwater Ba-
sin called the Most Impactiad Area
(MIA) in coastal southwestern Hillsbo-
rough, western Manatee and north-
western Sarasota counties, the South-
ern Groundwater Basin will be the
subject of new. rulemaking efforts in-
tended to restrict new water uses in the
MIA.
Because pumping throughout the
Southern Groundwater Basin adverse-
ly affects groundwater levels and ac-
celerates saltwater intrusion in the
MIA, the staff will now recommend
denial on a case by case basis of new
or increased withdrawals within the
entire Southern Groundwater Basin.
The same action plan also recom-
mends combining rulemaking for long-
term WUCA conservation rules with
rulemaking for the state-mandated Wa-
ter Supply Needs and Sources Plan.
This plan projects future water needs
and identifies sources available to
meet them through the year 2020. It
was decided that a single rule address-
ing both matters could more effective-
ly protect water resources throughout
the District. IBi


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