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Title: Draft Oct 4, 1977
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Abstract: Draft Oct 4, 1977, Letter to Lt Governor Williams
General Note: Box 10, Folder 21 ( SF Water Use Plan, State-Water Element - 1977-78 and 1985 ), Item 25
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DRAFT October 4, 1977

Lt. Governor James H. Williams

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 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 docu-

ment 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 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 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 pro-

cedure to use the State Water Use Plan. It will be based 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.

We also feel that the District's foremost effort toward water resource planning is, and

should continue to be, aimed at producing its portion of the State Water Use Plan as set

forth in Chapter 373 F. S. To assign additional hydrologists, biologists, engineers and

planners to an in 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 PAC 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; and, Agriculture Element Policies #0-1, #W-2,


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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 conservation of water; use of mandatory con-

servation 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 appreci-

able 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 possi-

bility of confusion over the problems we face and the methods we feel will most

-eff- lently 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,

DERRILL S. McATEER
Chairman

cc: Governing Board
Randy Whittle

-bcc: D. R. fees-ter
E. D. Vergara
J. B. Butler
C. E. Palmer
John Wodraska, SFWMD
Don Morgan, SRWMD
Bill McCartney, NFWMD
Fred Rouse, SJWMD


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