Title: Draft Press Release re: How to Meet The Communities' Needs for Adequate Amounts of Water
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Title: Draft Press Release re: How to Meet The Communities' Needs for Adequate Amounts of Water
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Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Draft Press Release re: How to Meet The Communities' Needs for Adequate Amounts of Water (JDV Box 43)
General Note: Box 18, Folder 1 ( Water Task Force - 1983 ), Item 28
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DRAFT PRESS RELEASE


Speaker H. Lee Moffitt requested the Task Force on Water
to examine water quality and water quantity issues in the
state, particularly with respect to our ability to protect
this valuable resource, in view of the growth expected over
the next quarter century. In the course of its
deliberations, it became evident that this original concern
as to whether the quantity and quality of our water would be
sufficient to support future growth and to preserve our
natural ecosystems was completely overshadowed by the
immediate and critical danger which groundwater
contamination presents to the public health. Hence, in
preparing its first report, the Task Force concentrated on
groundwater contamination, deferring other important issues
regarding water quantity, growth, and organizational
considerations to the second phase of its work.

Now that the first report has been presented to the
Speaker, the Task Force will begin deliberations on some of
these other issues. One area of inquiry will be the
transport of water across county and water management
district boundaries. Most urban areas which have a high,
concentrated need for water are clustered along Florida's
coastline, areas where water supplies are least plentiful
and most vulnerable to saltwater intrusion and contamination
of the surficial aquifer. At issue is how to meet these
communities' needs for adequate amounts of water of
sufficient quality without inhibiting the growth potential
of other areas and adversely affecting the natural
ecosystems of the state. Consideration will also be given
to meeting the high, but usually seasonal, water needs of
agriculture while, at the same time, insuring adequate water
for nonagricultural areas.

A second area for Task Force consideration will be the
development of policy statements for all of the elements
required in the local government comprehensive plans. The
goal would be the development of a set of comprehensive
policy statements which are reflective of the growth
expected over the next quarter century and provide a
framework within which all local comprehensive plans would
be developed and reviewed.

A third area of inquiry is the organizational structure
at place at the regional level to insure that activities
such as local planning, zoning, transportation, consumptive
use permitting, and developments of regional impact are
coordinated and are consistent with state policies. The
Task Force reported that, on the whole, the organizational
structure established in Florida to directly manage its
water resources appears to be satisfactory and, for this
reason, no recommendations for comprehensive reorganization


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were made in the first report. However, the Task Force also
believes that this state will face problems as a result of
future growth which will probably not be solved without a
change ultimately in the organizational structure at least
as it relates to integrating land, and water resource
management decisions at the regional level. The Task Force
will begin to examine these organizational issues by
reviewing the Development of Regional Impact process, the
role and responsibilities of the Regional Planning Councils,
local government comprehensive plans, and the decision-
making process in land use planning, zoning and
transportation to determine whether any changes in the
organizational structure are needed to better coordinate
these processes and to insure that they are occurring in a
manner which is consistent with state policies.


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