OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR RECEIVES
The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 JUL 21 12 41 FH IqRI
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MEMORANDUM TALLAhAS SEL, FLORIDA
To: Jake Varn
From: Estus Whitfield
Subject: Program on Emerging Water Issues
Date: July 21, 1981
In regard to your upcoming program on emerging water issues, I
have listed below some topic areas that you may want to think
about. This list represents a mixed bag of current and long-
term issues. I haven't attempted to provide any background or
interject any personal points of view on these items.
1. Kissimmee River Restoration There is much interest in this
matter. This is going to take some attention and effort no
matter what the results. For example, if we decide on an
ambitious restoration project, land will have to be acquired.
How much of this land does the State own?
2. St. Johns River Project What is an acceptable plan for the
St. Johns River and how do we get Corps acceptance?
3. Representative Chuck Smith fears that Pinellas County may
seek more water from Pasco and Hernando Counties. He proposes
legislation that will require a consumptive use permit prior to
a local government being able to condemn land outside its own
4. Save Our Rivers Bill Water Management Districts need to
develop formal rules and/or procedures for acquiring land.
5. Should water use or consumptive fees be levied by Water
Management Districts as a conservation measure and a revenue
6. Can Water Management Districts as presently constituted and
with current laws effectively handle future water problems? Are
Water Management Districts currently doing an effective job?
7. Is water a population growth factor? If so, can and should
the State attempt to manipulate population growth based on water
8. For the State to effectively protect its water supplies,
particularly in terms of water quality, considerably more public
resources (dollars) will need to be devoted to the task.
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 EX E C i E S
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To: Jake Varn ) TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
From: Walt Kolb
Subject: Suggestions for Your Speech on Water Issues to the Florida Bar
Date: July 15, 1981
Reference your July 10 memorandum and request for suggestions for
your speech on water issues to the Florida Bar. The following are
offered for your consideration; they reflect Ken Woodburn's and my
thoughts. They are divided into two areas, the first being speech
topics that we believe are a direct result of Governor Graham's
leadership. The second are topical issues and state emerging
A. Recent Accomplishments
1. New phosphate land reclamation rules
2. Save Our Rivers Bill
3. Stronger administration of the coastal construction
set back law
4. State Water Policy (i.e. water conservation and floodplain
5. Designation of the Apalachicola River and Bay Sanctuary
6. Creation of the Suwannee River and Charlotte Harbor
7. Quality of Governor's appointments to Water Management
B. Topical Issues That Are Emerging Concerns
1. Barrier Islands (i.e. government subsidies and public
2. Worsening South Florida water crisis (i.e. potential
conflict between coastal and interior counties for water
3. A water conflict between phosphate mining, agriculture,
and urban areas.
4. Need for greater emphasis on water conservation (i.e.
establishment of Water Supply Authorities in position of
water use or water consumption fees)
5. Increase requirements on phosphate mining technology and
agricultural industries to develop greater conservation
6. Pending federal changes regarding water policy and its
support for the traditional public works programs
July 15, 1981
7. Overall population increase in coastal areas and the
large amount of platted lots currently available in
South Florida and developing possible solutions for
redesigning these vast subdivided areas and ensuring
that the new designs are sensitive to the environment.
Can this resigning or replatting take place under
government guidance and what legal mechanisms will be
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at