Title: Report to Board Committee on Water Element, State Comprehensive Plan
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Title: Report to Board Committee on Water Element, State Comprehensive Plan
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Report to Board Committee on Water Element, State Comprehensive Plan
General Note: Box 10, Folder 21 ( SF Water Use Plan, State-Water Element - 1977-78 and 1985 ), Item 23
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and obviously represents great effort on the part of the Division

of State Planning and other cooperating agencies. The conmets

and suggestions enumerated below are submitted in an effort to

make the document somewhat more compatible with water sana--1S

practices, viewpoints, and particularly water iaqm-t se

in northwest Florida. Detailed word-by-word comments were ot

considered appropriate; emphasis was directed to general policy

issues of importance to northwest Florida.

1. The draft element is almost entirely a conservation/protectioe

oriented document. Although conservation of water resources

is doubtless one of the prime objectives of water msaaeme-t

in all areas of the state, the facilitation of beneficial

development of water resources is also of considerable im-

portance. For example, location of water supplies that could

be developed for industrial usage without conflict with other

existing or projected uses is a primary consideration in

determining the future growth of the northwest area of Florida

Location and development of additional water supplies that

can be safely used to support economic development should

receive emphasis as a policy of the state.

2. (Re policy statement 1, page 6)...Mlaintenance of groundwater

Levels as near the pre-andification levels as possible is

stressed in a number of policies in the draft element. How-

ever, this policy statement does not describe the healthiest


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er mo economical method of managing the groundwater system

ia mey areas. Northwest Florida's water quantity problem

ae related, generally, to short term excesses and short term

mrtages. smval of water from aquifers during periods of

bortage will make room for water in the system during periods

ef eames. It is recognized that this practice could not

oaly oa some coastal areas with a potential for saltwater

ecrl~ acl nat. however, it can be an effective management

toi in many inland areas. We recommend that this statement

S e changed to read..."Naintain groundwater within the safe

raye of levels in the aquifer system..."

3. Policies related to maintenance of groundwater levels also

stress use of surface water in preference to groundwater for

maay purposes, including municipal, industrial and agricultural

uses, where possible. It is important to recognize that the

cost of treating surface water, compared to groundwater, prior

to oe may be prohibitive in many cases.

Is further consideration of cost, the Element devotes

less thea adequate emphasis to the economics of any water

ve or inya-est practice. If policies are to be effectively

iJlemeted, they must be economically feasible.



4. water mnagemeat functions are being carried out at all

levels of government with many overlapping areas of authority

and responsibility. The Water Element should address, as

a policy issue, the optimum organizational structure for

aecoplishing water management functions in Florida.

Of equal importance, state policy should address the

optimum method of funding for the wide range of water management


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activities in Florida. Funding sources and methods vary
Considerably from one level of government to another and,

in fact, within the sam governmental level in many case.

Many funding sources are unsure from year to year, which

may preclude development of well planned, scheduled,

systematic, long-term management activities.

5. Although some inference is made concerning priority water

uses in the draft elenst, state policy should provide

general guidelines to be used in establishing local or

regional water use priorities. However, the policy IsheLd

recognize differences in water reesurces and devlelmpet

patterns in the various regions of the state and should

provide enough flexibility in establishing water use priorities

to accommodate these differences.
6. State policy should address delegation of every possible

water management function to the lowest level of governeat

at which the information and expertise are available to

reach a soundly reasoned solution to problems and that can

adequately function to carry out these responsibilities.

The legislative intent in delegation of all feasible portiome

of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes would be an important

consideration.

7. Although it is understandable that state level policies

cannot possibly address all levels of isplemntation, gw

feel it would be quite appropriate for the policy state-
ments to provide some understanding of how and by whos tben
. would be carried out.




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8. (Bl policy statement 1, page i)...Raising surface water levels

-ay iWolve "taking". Many modifications to surface water

aruger have bee in existence for may years. Changes which

wed appreciate the "original" hydroperiod may inundate

and feIo which the landowner may justifiably demand compen-

seial, A second consideration must be given to areas such

e the conservation areas in south Florida where more water is

el"pliod to these areas than they would receive naturally.

This has been determined to increase the biological productivity

of the area. This policy statement could better include a

statement that, in all surface waters, levels should be main-

taiied which are most advantageous to the area concerned.

9. (- policy statement 6, page 15)...Water as a physical limiting

factor to growth is a questionable statement. Perhaps it

w9W4 be better to develop a policy which would provide for

infoemtion related to the available sources of water from

whicIk idividuals or industry could predict future costs of

waer. Water can be supplied to any area of Florida in any

guestity or quality if the user is. willing to pay the cost.
n other words, the overriding factor is cost.
0. Mlter-related mapping techniques, terminology, boundaries,

symiols, etc. are as varied as the agencies that use them.

As a prime example, there are at least three existing different

systems for delineation and cataloging of drainage basins

in the state. The existing discrepancies hamper the com-

patibility of technical information compiled by various

agencies. The need for solution of these problems should

be indicated in the Element, possibly by inclusion in

objective (k), page 3.




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11. The dependence of estuaries on fresh surface water supplies

example : policy tatemeat 2, page 9) is indicated in the

Element. An appr private addition to the policy statement,

or its explanator paragraph, would be an indication that

the actual volume of water needed by estuaries are not

known and acquisi ion of this information should be of high

priority to the 4tate.

12. Although the need for state-level water policies is certainly

apparent, the effect of simultaneous planning on local,

regional, state and federal levels will likely result in

conflicts that will be difficult to resolve. The alternative

of delaying state-level policy planning until local and

regional plans are complete should receive serious coneideratio

13. The "beneficiary pays" concept (re page 3, objective m) is

of significant concern to all involved in water management.

It seems doubtful that all beneficiaries could be defined

or could effort to pay full costs for many water management

activities. We understand that this objective is currently

being revised and would like to express strong interest in

the outcome of that effort.




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