Title: Department of Natural Resources - Water Management in Florida (dated Nov 2, 1973)
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Title: Department of Natural Resources - Water Management in Florida (dated Nov 2, 1973)
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Department of Natural Resources - Water Management in Florida (dated Nov 2, 1973) (JDV Box 54)
General Note: Box 17, Folder 5 ( Water Policy - 1981 ), Item 10
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REUBIN O'D. ASKEW
Governor
StateRICHARD (DICK) STONE
Sate of Forida Secretary of State
ROBERT L SHEVIN
1+WbOD Attorney General
Sl FRED O. DICKINSON, JR.
Comptroller
THOMAS D. O'MALLEY
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES DONNER
Commissioner of Agriculture
FLOYD T. CHRISTIAN
RANDOLPH HODGES LARSON BUILDING / TALLAHASSEE 32304 / TELEPHONE 224-7141 Commissioner of Education
Executive Director
PLEASE ADDRESS REPLY TO: November 2, 1973


WATER MANAGEMENT IN FLORIDA


The 1972 Legislature gave the Department of Natural Resources,
Division of Interior Resources, tremendous responsibilities in
the management of the water resources of the State with suffi-
cient flexibility to accomplish these ends through delegation
of appropriate powers to the Water Management Districts. The
Water Resources Act of 1972 divided the State into six Water
Management Districts until July 1, 1975, and into five districts
thereafter (see accompanying maps). The governing boards for
the three new permanent districts were just appointed.

The act also directs that the department proceed as rapidly as
possible to develop a State water-use plan. A draft of the
Division of Interior Resources' report outlining the framework
for the development of the State Water-Use Plan has been prepared
(copies furnished). The primary goal of this report is to
provide guidance and coordination for the efforts of all agencies
involved in the preparation of the best possible water-use plan
for the State of Florida. The report includes an estimate of
the effort required to complete the water-use plan and further
defines the effort required by discipline. Effort estimates for
individual tasks will change as the work progresses but the total
effort expressed in Appendix C is considered to be reasonably
accurate. The schedule presented in Appendix C is contingent
upon two very critical factors: (1) Authorization by the State
Legislature of the 13 new positions requested in Fiscal Year
1974-75 budget for the Bureau of Water Resources, and (2)
Staffing each of the three new water management districts during
Fiscal Year 1974-75. These actions will provide personnel with
the required training to formulate and direct development of
the plan at the State level and permit the new districts to
complete their portions of the plan by the end of Fiscal Year
1978-79. Then the State Water-Use Plan can be completed in
Fiscal Year 1979-80. A completion date of June, 1980, is con-
sidered a reasonable completion date consistent with accumula-
tion and assimilation of the required data, orderly and efficient
expansion of the staffs, and development of a meaningful and
implementable plan.

It is important to note that beneficial water management is not
totally contingent upon completion of all facets of the plan,
and may be partially implemented as development of the plan pro-


DIVISIONS / ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PROTECTION INTERIOR RESOURCES
S MARINE RESOURCES RECREATION AND PARKS

















Water Management in Florida
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November 2, 1973


gresses. Our intention is to establish a 'real time" system of
data collection, storage, retrieval and display, which will
effect immediate availability of all data collected. The data
will then be available to planners and decision makers which
will permit realistic planning and soundly reasoned solutions
to problems as they arise. This will amount to implementation
of the water-use plan as it is developed.


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