Title: Letter: Water Element, State Comprehensive Plan
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Title: Letter: Water Element, State Comprehensive Plan
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Letter: Water Element, State Comprehensive Plan, Oct 10, 1977, From: Derrill McAteer To: Lt. Governor J H Williams
General Note: Box 10, Folder 21 ( SF Water Use Plan, State-Water Element - 1977-78 and 1985 ), Item 24
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5060 U.S. HIGHWAY 41, SOUTH BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA 33512
191 PHONE (904) 796-7211

DERRILL McATEER, Chairman. Brooksville N. BROOKS JOHNS, Lakeland HELEN THOMPSON. St. Peterburg
ttL ROBERT MARTINEZ, Vice Chairman. Tampa RONALD B. LAMBERT. Waurhula LATIMER TURNER. Sara..ta
THOMAS VAN DER VEER, Secretary. Yankeetown NICK PENDER, Tampa
S C. BEXLEY. Treasurer. Land O'Lakes GEORGE RUPPEL. Clearwater Dunald R. Feaster, Eecutive Director

October 10, 1977




Lieutenant Governor J. H. "Jim" Williams
Secretary of Administration
Room 530, Carlton Bldg.
Tallahassee, FL 32304

RE: Water Element, State Comprehensive Plan

Dear Lt. Governor Williams:

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has participated in
meetings of the Policy Advisory Council (PAC) as you requested in your
letter of June 8, 1977, and appreciates the opportunity to provide input
toward the development of the Water Element of the State Comprehensive
Plan. We are concerned, however, that development of this important
document is being unduly rushed toward completion in an effort to have
it approved by the Governor and put before the Legislature by next
spring.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is very much concerned
about the current draft of the Water Element prepared by the Department
of State Planning (DSP) as the foremost guide to the future of this
state as it relates to water resources.

Originally, it was our understanding that the five portions of the State
Water Use Plan being developed by the five water management districts
respectively would provide the initial basis for the Water Element.
These five plans were to be brought together and added to water quality
aspects by the Department of Environmental Regulation (DER) in coordination
with the Division of State Planning (DSP) to form the Water Element. As
it now appears, a Water Element is being promulgated separately and
independently, and probably will be completed before the State Water Use
Plan.

We feel the Water Element would be a better document if we went back to
the original proposal to use the State Water Use Plan. It will be based
S upon a sound, well-documented data base, put together by professionals
and shaped by the Boards who face the many complex and critical water
resource problems on a day-by-day, region-by-region basis.


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We also feel that ) District's foremost effort td d water resource
planning is, and should continue to be, aimed at producing its portion
pf the State Water Use Plan as set forth in Chapter 373 F. S. To assign
additional hydrologists, biologists, engineers and planners to an in- i
depth review of each draft of the Water Element entails a considerable
cost in dollars, time and energy, and is a significant duplication of
effort,

It also seems that many of the issues being discussed by the Policy
Advisory Council have been included in other elements of the Comprehensive
Plan which have already been approved by the Governor and further consideration
by the PAC would be either unnecessary or would result in conflicting
policy which the Governor would be obliged to reject. Two issues, for
example, that appear to be addressed in other elements are those pertaining
to inter-basin transfer of water and whether or not water should be used
to limit growth. (See Land Development policies #5, #6, #15; Agriculture
Element Policies #W-l, #W2, and Growth Element Policies #5 and #6, respectively).

Other policies apparently already approved by the Governor include those
pertaining to power plant siting; re-establishment and protection of
wetlands; retention and storage of surface water; agricultural conserva-
tion of water; use of mandatory conservation techniques in urban and
industrial areas suffering a shortage; protection of the groundwater
resource; protection of recharge and groundwater supply areas; and,
regulation of withdrawals and coastal canals to prevent saltwater intrusion.
These policies were, for the most part, generated and forwarded to the
Governor without appreciable input from the Southwest Florida Water
Management District.

Because many of the issues with which we were very concerned have already
been approved by the Governor and because we have serious questions
about a number of the remaining policies now being presented to the
public via meetings around the state, the Governing Board respectfully
requests that you reconsider and defer presentation of the Water Element
until the State Water Use Plan has been completed.

We feel our portions of the State Water Use Plan, now scheduled to be
forwarded to DER by the end of this year, will provide a more competent
base upon which the state can build the Water Element when incorporated
with those of the other water management districts. The positions and
policies stated in our plan will also preclude the possibility of confusion
over the problems we face and the methods we feel will most efficiently
rectify them. We are concerned the policies adopted by the PAC will be
attributed to the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management
District because of the District's membership and participation on the
Council even though the Governing Board is the only District authority
that can adopt such policies and it has not been in a position to do so.

Sincerely,



Chairman

cc: Governing Board
Randy Whittle
Jay Landers
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