Water cement Districts/DER
October 23, 1980
The Quarterly Meeting of the water management districts and the
Department of Environmental Regulation was held at 8:30 a.m. at the
Capitol Inn in Tallahassee. In attendance were:
South Florida Water Management District Sandra Close and
Southwest Florida Water Management District Don Crane,
John Weble, Ronald Lambert, Bill Stubbs, Bill Allee,
Bruce Sampson, B. T. Longino, Jim Kimbrough, Don Feaster,
A. R. Updike, L. M. Blain, and Fred McCormack
St. Johns River Water Management District Lynne Capehart,
Ray Beville, Sonny Vergara, Idwal Owen, Frances Pignone and
Suwannee River Water Management District Wallace Townsend,
Hilda Kressman, Auly Rowell, Don Morgan, Tom Brown, and
Northwest Florida Water Management District Bill McCartney,
Doug Stowell, Tom Coldewey, Henry Lane, Maria Scales,
Rich McWilliams, Tavia Copenhaver, and Marcia Penman
Department of Environmental Regulation Sandy Young,
Chuck Littlejohn, Jim Lewis, Al Bishop, and George Willson
Henry Lane, Chairman of the Northwest Florida Water Management District
Governing Board, moderated the meeting.
The first item of discussion was performance audits of water
management districts. General Lane suggested that one of the districts
undertake a performance audit at the district level in order to provide a
more realistic picture of the performance of the districts. None of the
districts volunteered. It was suggested that an appropriate alternative
2 would be to contract with experts on performance audits to have them review
and comment on the Auditor General's Performance Audit. It was also pointed
out that performance audits are to be one of the topics of conversation for
the legislative panel of NWFWMD's Annual Meeting.
The second topic on the agenda was DER's policy for legislative
budget requests. Chuck Littlejohn outlined certain facets of the Department's
policies regarding water management districts' legislative budget requests.
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He said that the Water Resources Development Account request would reflect
full support for current projects. He also pointed out that the DER is in
the process of delegating certain water quality functions; the plan is to
request separate line item funding for these additional services.
Mr. Littlejohn also said that it is his understanding that the Department
may be more willing to allow the districts to be more involved in the budget
process as it goes through the Department, the Governor's Office and the
Buddy Blain suggested that a separation of administration and capital
outlay budget requests would be beneficial. The separation would serve two
purposes: the two components would not be in conflict with one another, and
capital outlay funds would not "balloon" the Department's budget.
Mr. Littlejohn responded that the separation sounded like a feasible procedure.
The third topic of discussion was the proposed State Water Policy.
Chuck Littlejohn reviewed the Department's philosophy regarding adoption of
the policy, and he distributed copies of the second draft of the proposed
policy. The Department will not be looking for comments from the districts'
technical staff, attorneys, and governing boards. The Department recognizes
that the policy may be controversial, but feels that the final policy will
reflect a consensus opinion.
Sandy Young provided a brief update on DER's progress on the State
Injection Control Program. The UIC Program is mandated by the federal
government; it has been separated out of the rule revision process currently
being undertaken on the Department's ground water rules. Jim Lewis will send
out schedules of the proposed adoption and implementation dates.
The next items of discussion were Florida's Coastal Zone Management
Plan and, related to that, the proposed rule regarding the Department's
Public Works Submission Process. Mr. Littlejohn said that the state has
moved through the initial planning stage (305) and is trying to get into the
implementation stage (306). The benefits to the 306 Program is a fund of up
to $3,000,000 per year to finance small projects. He pointed out that
Florida's plan does not require the addition of any more laws, but rather
pulls together Florida's environmental laws. However, before the federal
government can sign off on the CZM Plan, the Public Works Submission Process
should be formalized. DER has therefore drafted a procedural rule which will
formalize the current submission process. A copy of the most recent draft of
the rule was distributed for review and comment. Comments may be sent to
Al Bishop, DER.
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George Fisher presented a report on the activities of the
inter-district recruitment and curriculum committee. There were four
recommendations being made by the committee:
1) the districts will share lists of qualified applicants for
2) the WMDs will work with the State University System (SUS) to
see that the SUS develops academic programs needed by the
3) the WMDs will prepare and distribute brochures on opportunities
for employment in the districts;
4) the WMDs should develop and utilize a multi-district inservice
These recommendations are currently being implemented; they are now
limited to the WMDs, but it is hoped that other state agencies may be included
in the future.
Bill McCartney informed the group of the proposed Erosion and
Sedimentation Control Act. This bill would put soil and water conservation
districts in as regulatory authorities on sedimentation.
Buddy Blain reviewed the funding amendment proposals. It was generally
agreed that it would be appropriate to seek legislation to implement these
changes. Chuck Littlejohn said that it appeared that the DER could support
Doug Stowell asked the DER representatives if they had heard of any
proposed water programs for the upcoming legislative session. It was reported
that they knew of more, but that the Governor may announce some programs at
the NWFWMD Annual Meeting Banquet that evening. It was agreed that it may be
appropriate to hold a special executive meeting if major changes are
Ray Beville, Chairman of the St. Johns River Water Management District
Governing Board, extended an invitation to everyone to attend the dedication
ceremonies of the SJRWMD new headquarters building on November 11. He also
offered to host the next quarterly meeting; it will be held on Friday,
January 16, in Palatka.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.