Title: Water Lawyer Defends Instructions
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Title: Water Lawyer Defends Instructions
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Language: English
Publisher: Times
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Water Lawyer Defends Instructions, 8/20/1996
General Note: Box 10, Folder 19 ( SF Water Wars - 1975-2000 ), Item 4
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Water lawyer defends instructions

Tinme Staff WdWr "
Eight more examples have sur-
faced in which Tampa lawyer Ed de
la Parte appears to instruct consul-
tants how to spin environmental
data to support applications for re-
newal of pumping permits at re-
gional well fields.
De la Parte, already taking crit-
icism for two such documents un-
covered last week, says he was
attempting only to confirm conElu-
sions the consultants already had
reached, independent of him, and
instruct them on how to use the
data most effectively.
Charles Rainey, a member of
the Pinellas County Commission,
for which De la Parte is lead water
attorney, says the lawyer's method
of dealing with consultants is no
different than other people's.
"When you talk to a consultant,
you say, 'This is what I want to
prove,' and if they don't prove it,
you wind up with a full-priced con-
sultant and a half-a-ed report,"
Rainey said.
"Everybody does it," Rainey
After reviewing the eight new
examples, de la Parte dismissed
them as "lame."
In one example, de la Pafte
wrote to a Clearwater consultant in
1986, "... You should expressly
state in some portion of a report

Utility to hold pumping level

Timn Staff Write

board of the region's largest
water utility followed through
on two promises Monday.
The West Coast Regional Wa-
ter Supply Authority voted to
reduce the face value of its ap-
plication for a pumping permit
renewal at the Cypress Bridge
well field on the Hillsbor-
ough/Pasco border to the cur-
rent level of 8-million-gallons
per day.
Two months ago, the board
decided to ask for increases of
up to 12-million gallons a day.
But after passing the mea-
sure, some board member con-
cluded the decision was based

that quantities (pumped) from the
well fields cannot be reduced be-
cause the projected demands will
exceed sources of water sometime
in 1988."
He also told the consultant,
"The report should conclude that
demand will outstrip current per-
mitted supplies in a few years....
Simply, indicate somewhere in
your report that a well field plan is

on incomplete scientific re-
Under the new plan, the 8-
million pumping level would go
up only if West Coast, after at
least two years of environmen-
tal study, determined that
pumping was causing no signifi-
cant environmental damage and
could convince the Southwest
Florida Water Management
District to raise levels slightly.
The board also voted to spend
$2-million in excess funds im-
mediately to find a new water
resource in the Tampa Bay ar-
Both measures were intro-
duced by Pinellas Commissioner
Charles Rainey and passed on
unanimous votes.

unnecessary because there is no
excess supply."
At the time, de la Parte was the
lead water attorney for the West
Coast Regional Water Supply Au-
thority, the region's largest utility.
After reviewing his words Mon-
day, de la Parte said his recollec-
tion was that the consultant had
developed his own data to support-
ed those conclusions.

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