Title: Draft Oct 3, 1977
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Title: Draft Oct 3, 1977
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Abstract: Draft Oct 3, 1977 letter to Lt Governor Williams
General Note: Box 10, Folder 21 ( SF Water Use Plan, State-Water Element - 1977-78 and 1985 ), Item 26
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draft October 3, 1977

A *Lt. Governor James h. W .iams

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 Stat(

Comprehensive Plan. We are concerned, however, that development of this important documr

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 isxunable to suppoP4 the current draft o'
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the Water ElementAas the foremost guide to the future of this state as it relates to

water resources.

-.wac tgiginally 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, $fte Element is being promulgated concu arenly and probaIfy will be completed
before the State Water Use Plan.

We feel would be a better document iffthe original procedure '- pr duce-te water

.element- were- t e foll owed- beiaus Xt t*v-des a sound, well-documented data basejput

together by professionals and shaped by the Boards who adily-face the many complex and

critical water resource problems~ A .. the.W a ..... 9

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 consider

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 interbasin 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 fW-l, #W-2, Growth Element

Policies #6 and #6, respectively).


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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 conservation
techniques in urban and industrial areas suffering a shortage; protection of the ground-
water resource; protection of recharge and groundwater supply areas; and, regulation of
withdrawals and coastal canals to pent 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 i .ompe e resp ectful1 vL wth rawr-support of the Wetmr .t. bin
1rrattd the Sa ihz D6izion of /nn /

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 efficient
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. Feaster
E. D. Vergara
J. B. Butler
C. E. Palmer
John Wodraska, SFWMD
Don Morgan, SRWMD
Bill McCartney, NFWMD




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