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A Newsletter of the Southwest Florida Water Management District I. V I1 I 11




Board To Begin Debate


Regulation andAlternative Water St


The latest draft of a
plan to halt saltwater
intrusion and deterioration of
groundwater resources in the
southern half of the Southwest
Florida Water Management
District will be presented to the
Governing Board at a special
workshop scheduled for 9 a.m.
on November 9 at the District's


Bartow Service Office.
The Southern Water Use
Caution Area (SWUCA) an
eight-county, 5,100 square
mile area extending from
Hillsborough and Polk
counties in the north to
Charlotte County in the south
- was established in response
to District studies indicating


that overuse and the resulting
saltwater intrusion threatened
groundwater resources there.
A work group representing all
water use categories in the
SWUCA provided comments
and recommendations that
brought substantive alterations
to the District's original
proposals.


State Water Conference


Begins In Miami

The Annual Conference on will meet together for a
Water Management in Flonda luncheon program and awards
takes on a new role this year as presentation at which Governor
it combines with the annual Lawton Chiles will speak.
meeting of the Interstate Coun- Later m the afternoon. water
cil on Water Policy (ICWP) for management conference
a joint session Oct. 27 in Miami. participants are invited to join
The water management an ICWP session on the future
conference sponsored by the of ecosystem restorations.
state's five water management The ICWP and water
districts and the Florida management district meetings
Department of Environmental also serve as a prelude to one of
Protection (DEP) includes the most important water con-
sessions on en\ ironmental ferences ever held the Inter-
agency mergers, the federal american Dialogue On Water
Clean Water Act reauthoriza- Management. Beginning on
tion, District Water Manage- Oct. 28. the Interamerican
ment Plans and permit stream- Dialogue brings together
lining. The ICWP meeting will scientists, administrators and
focus on aquatic ecosystem resource managers from North
restoration. The two groups and South America to focus


Oct. 27

attention on freshwater
protection as a top international
priority, essential to the long-
term health of socio-economic
and natural systems throughout
the western hemisphere. A
primary objective is the formu-
lation of new directions for
sustainable development of
water resources. The dialogue
continues through October 30,
and closes with optional field
trips to the Everglades, the
National Hurricane Center and
other interesting sites.
For more on the conference
or the Interamerican Dialogue,
contact Community Affairs
Representative Susan Kessel
toll-free at the District at 1-
800-423-1476. Ext. 4760.


















Public Communications Department Volume I, Issue 8 October 1993





mOnSWUCA;


mrcesAtHeart OfPlan


"We've made a concerted
effort to bring into this process
the people who will be most
affected by the changes that
SWUCA rules eventually will
bring," said Peter Hubbell, the
District's Executive Director.
"The staffs original recom-
mendations evolved as the
work group gave its input," he
added.
The SWUCA Work Group
completed its formal discus-
sion of the plan at its final
meeting September 15 in
Palmetto. The plan is based on
a two-pronged strategy: more
stringent regulations, along
with development of alterna-
tive water supplies. During the
work group process, three
regulatory options all of
which include provisions to
improve efficiency for all
water users were presented.
Option 1 would base future
water use permit quantities on
historical use from 1988
through 1992, so that permit
quantities would not include
unneeded surplus capacity.
This proposal could have
major economic impacts on
users who already had ac-
quired permits for uncom-
pleted projects such as new
well fields that show little
or no historical use.
Option 2 addresses the
potential inequities of Option 1


by calling for gradual across-
the-board reductions in
permitted quantities in all cate-
gories. Two to three percent
annual cuts for a number of
years would bring a total
reduction of approximately 20
percent. This option, however,
could penalize water use
categories like citrus whose
permits already reflect highly
efficient use.
Option 3 would replace the
across-the-board cuts with
restrictions on reallocation of
permitted but unused water,
holding water use to approxi-
mate 1989 levels. Permit
holders would be prevented
from selling unused permit
capacity, ensuring that water
use won't exceed safe yield.
"It's important to under-
stand that this plan is still very
much a working draft; At this
point it's still primarily broad
concepts and initiatives," said
Peter Hubbell, the District's
Executive Director. "The
board will have the opportu-
nity in the next several months
to debate the contents of the
plan, and then actual rule-
making will begin once the
Governing Board reaches
consensus," he added.
For more information on
the SWUCA plan, contact
Andy Smith at the District at
1-800-423-1476, Ext. 4235.


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Hydrologic Conditions Dip As Dry Season Arrives GOVERNING


Hydrologic conditions
around the Southwest Florida
Water Management District
continued to decline in
September as rainfall totals
were below normal for the
fifth consecutive month.
Rainfall is the most important
element in southwest Florida's
water resource system, and
shortfalls in precipitation
almost invariably contribute to
resource problems down the
road.
September data showed
that the northern part of the
District received just 4.29
inches of rain in September,
only 67 percent of its histori-
cal average of 6.42 inches.
The central portion of the
District fared better, with 6.04
inches out of its 6.76 inch
norm. Southern counties,
however, were almost as dry
as the north, with 5.29 inches
compared to a 7.29 inch
average.
These monthly deficits
added to the annual deficit for


the water year 1993, from
October 1, 1992 to September
30, 1993. The northern part of
the District fell 6.21 inches
short of its 54.23 inch average,
while the central portion
reported a
deficit of
4.55 inches Four
against its
51.35 inch relatively
average.
The in a row
southern
District the Dist
fell short
of its 52.47 6 6 6
inch yearly rainfall
average by
5.52
inches.
"The monthly deficits
really add up, and we have
these annual shortfalls.
Unfortunately, we've also had
four or five dry years in a row,
and that leaves us with
staggering long-term rainfall
deficits," said Hydrologic
Data Manager Granville


Kinsman. "One or two dry
years isn't a major problem,
but after four or five years,
it's much harder for the
resource to recover without a
prolonged period of above


fivee

dry years

have left

rict wwith

long-term

deficits..


normal
rainfall," he
added.
The
northern
portion of
the District,
for ex-
ample, has
recorded a
five-year
deficit of
32.35
inches,


while the central and southern
Regions posted shortfalls of
29.09 and 25.91 inches
respectively.
Other hydrologic indica-
tors gave mixed signals in
September, due partly to
localized heavy rains from
thunderstorms. The Withla-
Scoochee, Peace and Anclote


rivers were well below
normal, while the Alafia,
Manatee, Little Manatee and
Myakka rivers were above
normal. Most lakes in the
District remain below adopted
management levels, except for
a few in Polk County that are
slightly above normal.
Groundwater levels rose very
slightly across most of the
District, but two wells in the
northern area set new record
low levels for the month.
As the traditional rainy
season ended in September,
the prospects for a long, dry
winter increased. District
conservation specialists ask
residents to remember that as
lawns and landscapes begin to
go dormant in the cooler
months, they'll need much
less irrigation.
For more on hydrologic
conditions, contact Hydrologic
Data Manager Granville
Kinsman at 1-800-423-1476,
Ext. 4284.


BOARD

MEETING

DATES

CHANGED

The Governing Board of
the Southwest Florida Water
Management District will hold
its October meeting on
Monday and Tuesday, October
25 and 26, rather than the
usual Tuesday and Wednes-
day. The change was made to
avoid schedule conflicts with
the Annual Conference on
Water Management In Florida,
which begins Wednesday,
October 27, in Miami.
Please contact Claudia
Alligood toll-free at the
District at 1-800-423-1476,
Ext. 4610, for more informa-
tion about Governing Board
schedules and agendas.


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Board Adopts Fiscal Year 1994


The Governing Board of
the Southwest Florida Water
Management District adopted
its fiscal year (FY) 1994
budget of $124,265,038 at a
public hearing September 28.
Approval of the budget sets
into motion several programs
to develop new water supplies
for the future.
The overall FY 94 budget
increased $18.2 million over
the previous year's budget of
$106,105,849. The District-
wide tax levy for FY 94 is .422
mills, compared to .322 in FY
93. One mill represents one
dollar of tax per thousand
dollars of assessed property
value. This year's increase


follows a 20 percent decrease in
District tax rates and a 13.2
percent drop in overall budget
- over the last two years. The
rate in FY 91 was .400 mills. It
was cut to .340 in FY 92, and
trimmed to .322 for FY 93.
New and enhanced water
resource programs account for
approximately 95 percent of
this year's budget increase.
For example, the District has
allocated $500,000 for an en-
hanced well plugging program.
A tremendous amount of water
is lost from free-flowing
artesian wells, and some
improperly abandoned wells
have contaminated the aquifer
with poor quality water.


Establishment of the $10-
million New Water Supply
Fund is the primary new initia-
tive in the FY 94 budget. The
fund will be used to develop
alternative water sources
throughout the District. Similar
to a grant program, local
governments will propose water
resource projects for their
communities, which the District
will evaluate based on a master
plan to be developed in coming
months. Projects may involve
reclaimed water, agricultural
conservation, residential
retrofits and other programs.
"Over the next few months,
District staff will complete the
master plan, which will guide


allocation of the fund," said
Peter Hubbell, District
Executive Director.
Local water projects
coordinated by the District's
Basin Boards will receive
approximately $30 million in
funding. Residential retrofits,
stormwater management plans
and water resource education
are just a few of the projects
the Basins support. The FY 94
budget also includes $27-
million from the state for the
Save Our Rivers and Preserva-
tion 2000 land acquisition and
preservation programs.
Public hearings on Septem-
ber 14 and September 28 let
citizens and public officials


Budget
address questions and concerns
about the budget and millage
increase to the Governing
Board. "We appreciated the
input we received from the
public. The Board had to make
some tough decisions on the
issues," Hubbell said, "but as
the agency responsible for
meeting water needs now and
for years down the road, it was
time to invest in ensuring
adequate supplies."
For a copy of the District's
FY 94 Budget-In-Brief or any
other information about FY 94
budget initiatives, please call
the Budget Office in the
District's Finance Department
at 1-800-423-1476, Ext. 4123.









Withlacoochee Work Group Water Plan Workshops:

Releases Recommendations Coming To Your Town!


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After more than a year of
meetings, the volunteer citizen
advisory committee empowered
to recommend changes in how
the Withlacoochee River system
is managed has presented a
series of findings to the Withla-
coochee River Basin Board of
the Southwest Florida Water
Management District.
Based on technical data
provided by District scientists
and other experts, the Withla-
coochee Work Group has
recommended modification of
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(COE) structure operation
schedules for the Tsala Apopka
Lake system, a major chain of
lakes in Citrus County. The
recommended revisions would
be designed to maintain higher
lake levels during droughts.
Computer modeling will be
needed prior to COE approval to
better determine flood storage
volumes at the expected levels.
The work group also urged
dredging the Orange State and
Leslie Heifner canals to remove
sediments and lower the bottom
of the canals to a sill height of 35
feet above mean sea level. The


proposed maintenance will
allow increased water move-
ment from the river to the lakes,
even when water levels are
lower than normal. Overall
water demand in the region is
also an issue, so the work group
has recommended initiation of a
Water Resource Assessment
Project (WRAP) to determine
safe yield in the northern
counties of the District. Safe
yield is the amount of surface
and groundwater that can be
withdrawn for use without
significantly degrading an area's
water resources.
Other work group recom-
mendations include: enhanced
flood control; accelerated
acquisition of more lands in the
Green Swamp, to protect the
headwaters and upper reaches of
the Withlacoochee River;
maintenance spraying for
aquatic plant control; increased
support for research on biologi-
cal control of aquatic weeds,
and; prohibition of actions that
would degrade water resources
within the Withlacoochee Basin.
The work group is also
interested in the effectiveness of


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What do you consider to be
the most significant water-
related resource problems your
community faces, and how
could they best be resolved?
Tell us! The Southwest Florida
Water Management District
wants your opinion at work-
shops this fall to help mi
formulation of a long-range
District Water Management
Plan (DWkMPi.
A series of 12 workshops
began October 5 in Ocala.
followed by October 6 sessions
in Bushnell and Barrow. and an
October 14 meeting in Arcadia.
More workshops are scheduled
throughout the District in
October. November and
December.

the Wysong Dam, a structure
that was removed from the
Withlacoochee River in 1988.
The final report on a United
States Geological Survey
(USGS) study regarding
operation of the dam was
released October 1, and supports
the District's contention that the
dam had only a minimal effect


Upcoming workshops are
scheduled for October 21 in
Sarasota. November 8 mi
In'erness. November 10 in
Brooks% ille. and November 17
in Dade City. Workshops for
Tampa and Clearn after are
scheduled for November 30.
Port Charlotte %w ill host a
workshop on December 15. and
the final session is scheduled
for December 16 in Sebring.
There are actually two
workshops at each location; a 2
to 4 p.m. session for local
goemrment participation,
followed by a 6 to 8 p.m.
session for public comment and
input.
The DWMP wiiU guide
District operations and decision

on water levels in Lake Pana-
soffkee. Work group members
will discuss the report at
upcoming meetings.
A year end report from the
work group to the Withla-
coochee River Basin Board is
expected in November or
December. The work group
will continue to meet twice


making in coming years. Each
of the state's five water
management districts is
preparing such a plan. The five
District plans eventually will
become part of a statewide
Florida Water Plan, to be
coordinated by the state
Department of En\ ironmental
Protection. In combination
with a revised State Water
Policy. the plan will lay the
groundwork for management
and protection of Florida's
water resources well into the
next century.
For location information or
workshop agendas. contact Ms.
Mikel Renner in the District's
Planning Department at I -800-
423-1476, Ext 4413.

yearly or as needed to discuss
issues important to residents in
the Withlacoochee region. For
more information on the
activities of the Withlacoochee
Work Group, contact Commu-
nity Affairs Director Bill
Hennessey toll-free at the
District at 1-800-423-1476,
Ext. 4749.




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