Title: Hydroscope 25th Anniversary Issue 1961-1986
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The Next Twenty-FiveYears

In recent years, it has been evident
that the role of water management dis-
tricts is changing in both scope and level
of activity.
We've taken on some major pro-
grams such as storm water management,
Save Our Rivers land acquisition, man-
agement and storage of surface water,
phosphate mining regulation, well con-
struction licensing, groundwater quality
monitoring and water conservation and
education programs.
It appears that the district will con-
tinue to be asked to accept new respon-
sibilities to implement programs on a
regional basis, and we are working to
meet these new challenges. In the
future, better management of our water


Years of



In August, 1961, the organizational
meeting of the Southwest Florida Water
Management District was held in the
Cabinet Room of the State Capitol, with
the first Governing Board members ap-
pointed by Gov. Farris Bryant.
Since that first meeting, a growing
and diverse staff of professionals has
devoted a quarter century of service to the
The district was created after Hurri-
cane Donna caused massive damage to
Southwest Florida, and it was evident that
a flood control agency was needed.
Operating on funds borrowed from the
Florida Cabinet and with a staff of three,
the district began holding monthly meet-
ings in a rented office in Brooksville.
The fledgling Governing Board re-
cognized that a knowledge of ground-
water, surface water and water quantity
was an important basic step to sound
water management.
As a result, the district entered a
contractual arrangement with the U.S.
Geological Survey for the continuing pro-
gram of data collection and investigation.

resource will require long- and short-
term planning, a commitment to con-
serve and to protect our water resource,
an understanding and balancing of the
needs of all water users in the region,
and improved cooperation and communi-
cation among local governments, water
users and the public.
With the progress we have made in
our first 25 years, I am convinced that
we can and will meet the challenges of
the future.

In 1962, the Governing Board accept-
ed the responsibility to serve as the local
sponsor for the federally funded flood
control program known as the Four
River Basins, Florida project. Land ac-
quisiton for that project began in 1964.
The decade of the 1960s closed
with the water management district deep-
ly involved in designing, building and
maintaining canals, levees, dams and
navigation locks.
The second decade of the water
management district could be character-
ized by four major activities: flood control,
aerial mapping and flood plain delineation,
regulation of water resources and water
management planning.
In the 1970s, the district became
involved in regional long- and short-term
planning for the protection and use of
water resources. This included assisting
counties, cities and regional water sup-
pliers locate and develop safe and viable
water sources.

On the Cover
Quincy Wylupek, environmentalscien-
tist, is measuring the pH of the Withla-
coochee River in the Green Swamp.
This measure of acidity or alkalinity is
just one water quality parameter district
staff examine. Others include dissolved
oxygen, temperature, conductivity and

During the 1960s and early 1970s,
the state began to experience a growing
influx of new residents and industrial
growth, as well as a long drought.
Because of this, concern increased for
conservation and the proper use of the
state's fresh water resources.
In response, the Governing Board
was given regulatory powers to require
well construction permits on all wells
two inches in diameter or larger, and
began its first efforts to regulate large
well fields.
In 1972, the district's responsibilities
were broadened and strengthened with
the passage of the milestone state Water
Resources Act.
Under this act, the reasonable-
beneficial use concepts of water were
instituted. Also, the consumptive use
permitting program was begun, which
requires Governing Board approval for
all large water withdrawals.
The 1980s has been a decade of
change for the water management dis-
The Tampa Bypass Canal -- an
integral part of the Four River Basins,
Florida project -- was completed, and for
many it marked the end of a two-decade
era of structurally oriented water manage-
Today, as the district begins its
second quarter century, it faces new
challenges. Florida's population is expand-
ing at a rate estimated at between
see 25 years, page three

Flooding in 1960 from Hurricane Donna
(upper right)

The Tampa Bypass Canal was a malor
part of the Four River Basins Florida
project. Floodwaters from the Hi/sbo-
rough River can be diverted into the
canal, helping to prevent fooding in the
city of Tampa and Tempce Terrace
lower right)

Twenty-Five Years
from page two

200,000 and 260,000 new residents an-
nually and scientists are citing stress on
its water resources.
Florida's fresh water is a complex,
interrelated system of surface and ground-
water, with one usually affecting the
Consequently, water management
regulation and other district programs
will become ever more critical to the
preservation of the resource. More
hydrologically significant lands and wa-
ters will be set aside and allowed to
remain in their natural states through the
Save Our Rivers program.
And more regulatory and manage-
ment responsibilities will undoubtedly
be turned over to the district by the state.
Because of this, the district's staff
will begin to find itself in a more important
position of public trust than it ever has
before, according to Southwest Gov-
erning Board Chairman Michael Zagorac.
"But with another 25 years of service
like the last," says Zagorac, "the residents
of the region can rest assured that a staff
of dedicated professionals is managing
the fresh water resources to the best
advantage of the citizens and environ-
"And it is that resource in Florida's
future which will be the critical factor in
our growth, and ultimately in the quality
of life here."

-Historical Perspective

The District's First Employee Reca

The EarlyYears

BROOKSVILLE -- Clint Schultz, the
first employee of the Southwest Florida
Water Management District, literally did
everything when he started working at
the district in 1961.
"The board hired me on Nov. 1,
19611, to run the office from the old
Pontiac building on Broad Street," he said
recently from Punta Gorda where he is
now Director of Central Records for the
Charlotte County Sheriff's Department.
"I think they hired me because I
typed real fast," he said. Schultz averaged
about 100 words per minute and the first
board was "a little carried away with my
typing speed," he said.
As the only person in the office,
Schultz literally did everything, which
included bookkeeping, helping district
residents and writing letters. "I just kept
the office going, whatever there was to
do in those days. I did everything but
clean the bathroom."


1960 Hurricane Donna causes massive
flooding in Southwest Florida. Water
management district founded for flood
1961 Organizational meeting of the
Southwest Florida Water Management
District in Tallahassee. District begins
holding monthly meetings in a rented
office in Brooksville with a staff of three.
1962 District agrees to serve as local
sponsor for the federally-funded Four

An inmate from the local detention
facility, called a "trusty", cleaned the
bathroom regularly, he said.
Several months after Schultz started,
the district hired its first executive director,
Joe Fuller, who also was a board member,
and his secretary, Carolyn Stewart.
The three continued to work from
that rented office in downtown Brooksville.
"The first few months I spent writing
legal descriptions of the district," Schultz
recalled. Back then, the court would not
accept any legal property descriptions
with typing corrections, so each document
was a tedious job.
The typewriter Schultz used was an
old, borrowed Underwood. "We did a lot
of begging and borrowing in those days,"
he recalled.
One of the earliest and most impor-
tant jobs of the district was getting the
Four River Basins, Florida project autho-
rized, he said. The district was created

River Basins, Florida project for flood
1963 Engineering and recreation plan-
ning of the Tampa Bypass Canal begins.
1964 Land acquisition for Four River
Basins project begins with the purchase
of Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal.
1964 First land purchase of the Green
1966 Ground breaking ceremonies for
the Four River Basins project.
1966 Construction on Tampa Bypass
Canal begins.
1966 Ground breaking for main district
office in Brooksville.

in 1961 by the Florida Legislature for
flood control, and that project was for
massive flood control.
"We spent a lot of time getting the
Four River Basins, Florida project autho-
rized by Congress," he said. The district
hired a consulting engineer, Herbert C.
Gee, to lobby the U.S. Congress in
Other early projects weren't a lot
different from those of today.
Schultz remembers the budget for
the district's first year and the process of
deciding what millage to collect from 15
"It was an interesting period of
time," he said.
When he left 15 and a half years
later to go to other government public
service jobs, the district had grown from
three to more than 150 employees and
had moved its offices to the present
Brooksville location.
Schultz still recalls fond memories
of his years at Southwest.
"The district in those days was a
very close-knit group," he said. Everyone
was concerned with doing a good job
and protecting the water resources, he
Schultz remembers having fine rela-
tionships with the board members, noting,
"I still get Christmas cards to this date
from some of the board members."
The atmosphere of working together
in friendship was, he said, "something I
haven't seen since and probably won't
see again." He added, "I miss the
district and all my friends who worked

1969 Governing Board requires well
construction permits on all wells 2 inches
in diameter or larger, and began its first
effort to regulate large well fields.
1971 Aerial Mapping and Flood Plain
Delineation programs begin in earnest.
1972 A milestone year for water man-
Water Resources Act passed by the
state legislature broadening and streng-
thening district's responsibilities and insti-
tuting the reasonable-beneficial use
concept of water.
1974 District's rules and regulationsfor
see chronology, page five


AW Arick Becomes

Longest-Employed Staff Member

BROOKSVILLE -- In September
1986, A.W. Arick became the first district
employee to complete 21 years of service
at the water management district. In
September 1985, he became the first
employee to complete 20 years and was
given a 20-year service award from
former Chairman Samson.
As the longest employed person at
the district, Arick is well-liked by his
When Arick began work at the district
in 1 965, the district was in its fourth year
and employed 15 people.
Arick, a professional surveyor, was
the party chief of the district's only
survey team. The staff was so small that
the survey team would sometimes double
as the maintenance crew, Arick recalled
recently. In addition to marking boun-
daries, team members repaired water
control structures and sometimes removed
fallen trees.
Surveying methods have changed a
lot since then, Arick said. Years ago, the
survey team had one non-air conditioned
truck, and each night the team would
have to unload all their equipment to
store in district buildings. That is changed
to today's four-wheel drive vehicles with
air conditioning and enough room for
crew and safe-keeping of equipment.
Arick said that in his 21 years he
has seen many changes at the district,
which include staff being up to nearly
400. "Back then, it was possible to know
every staff person. We were a close
family," Arick said. "Overall, I'd say
things were more relaxed than they are
now," he added.
It's easy to tell that Arick enjoys his

work. "I like being outdoors and going to
different places," he said. "Occasionally
it feels like I'm back in time when I go in
search of an old survey mark or re-

A.W Arick (right)

establish a section corner that some
other surveyor established almost 150
years ago."

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from page four
Consumptive Use Permits (CUPS) devel-
1975 CUPS first initiated in certain
areas of district.
1975 Green Swamp named Florida's
first Area of Critical State Concern.
1977 Tampa district office constructed.
1979 All the major river corridors and
flood-prone areas of the district mapped
-- nearly 2,500 square miles at a cost of
$3.5 million, with the data provided free to
district counties and cities.

1981 Save Our Rivers, a land acquisition
program, stems from the Water Man-
agement Lands Trust Fund legislation.
1984 Tampa Bypass Canal completed.
1984 District assumes most stormwater
permitting responsibilities from the state
Department of Environmental Regulation.
1985 Governing Board votes to take a
non-structural approach to water man-
agement in the Green Swamp, reversing
decades of structural flood control plans.
1985 Landmark growth management
legislation passed providing comprehen-
sive state planning for Florida, as the
state becomes one of the most populous

in the nation. Many planning responsibil-
ities are delegated to water management
1985 Florida experiences one of its
worst droughts in 50 years. District
imposes mandatory water use restric-
tions. Some restrictions lasted up to
seven months.
1986 Resolution for voluntary water
conservation measures adopted

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Employee News

Susan Ames, District Receives

StudentWork-Education Awards

BROOKSVILLE -- Susan Ames, dis-
trict Manager of Processing and Records,
was named "Supervisor of the Year," and
the district was named "Employer of the
Year" by the Cooperative Business Edu-
cation Program of Hernando High School.
The awards were announced May
21, and are for the district's business
cooperative education program for high
school students.
The district has been employing
high school students since 1981 in its

Susan Ames displays
"Supervisor of the Year" plaque

Diversified Cooperative Education Train-
ing Program. Normally, there are approx-
imately 10 positions in the program, and
students work four hours on school days.
In the summer they may work up to eight
hours daily as temporary full-time employ-
Students attend the local Hernando
and Springstead high schools.

For many, it is their first job, and it
helps them prepare for a professional
"I'm glad I have something to put on
an application," said former co-op student
Velvet Wellman. Ms. Wellman's respon-
sibilities at the district included answering
the toll free 800 telephone during the
water shortage, and later she was vault
clerk doing basic file maintenance and
Like many students, she worked at
the district during her senior year of high
school. After graduation, Ms. Wellman
moved out of state, but some co-op
students apply for and receive full time
positions with the district upon graduation.
Ms. Ames was her supervisor. "It
gives them a bit of a head-start," Ms.
Ames said of the program. "Not only do
students have a high school diploma, but
they have work experience to offer an
Ms. Ames, who has had four co-op
students in her five years at the district,
said she was surprised to be named
Supervisor of the Year.
"She has gone out of her way listening
and offering advice when necessary," said
Pam Johnson, Coordinator of the Coop-
erative Business Education Program for
Hernando High. "Susan has an open-
door policy, and she makes every effort to
see that part time students feel comforta-
ble," Ms. Johnson said.
The district was named Employer of
the Year because it offers quality positions
as well as a quantity of positions, Ms.
Johnson said. Students have been placed
in mapping and graphics, word process-
ing, finance, computer operations and
personnel, to name some departments.
Students apply for the program
through their school cooperative educa-
tion coordinator.

District Wins


The Planning Department received
a 1986 Award of Merit from the Florida
Chapter of the American Planning Associ-
ation for the district's land use compati-
bility study.
The award was presented at the
FAPA's annual conference in Orlando
on October 9,1986.
The study, entitled "Uses of District-
Owned Lands -- A Compatibility Analy-
sis", was written by district planner Robert
Christianson, and was a cooperative
effort between all district departments.
The district owns more than 105,000
acres of land for water management
purposes. This study, combined with a
Governing Board policy on land use
adopted in June, 1986, has been com-
pleted to ensure that these lands will be
utilized to the maximum public benefit.
The award is to recognize outstand-
ing achievements in urban and regional
planning within the state, according to
the FAPA.

Robert Christianson

Employee Committee Accomplishes Much In Two Years

BROOKSVILLE -- Four years ago, a
district staff picnic was held and about
15 people attended. Two years ago, 150
attended the next such picnic, and this
year, approximately 225 people were on
hand for the "Spring Fling".
Christmas parties are being held
again, and about 150 persons attended

last year's in Land O'Lakes.
Small improvements are visible in
the buildings. Wooden employee sugges-
tion boxes now are located in each of
the three main buildings,
All of these improvements and activi-
ties are the result of the relatively new
Employee Committee. They all have

taken place since the committee was
reorganized in May, 1984.
Prior to that, the committee "was
more of an off-shoot of the Personnel
Department, now the Human Resources
Department," explained Nick Spirakis,
first chairman of the Employee Commit-
see Employee Committee, page nine

Board News


Joins Governing Board

BROOKSVILLE -- Dr. William H.
Wilcox of Punta Gorda was appointed to
the Governing Board of the Southwest
Florida Water Management District in
July, replacing Wauchula resident Ronald
B. Lambert who retired after 11 years of
service. Dr. Wilcox's appointment was
announced by Gov. Bob Graham.
Dr. Wilcox has a Ph.D. degree in
ecology from the University of Tennessee,
and both an M.S. in botany and a B.S. in
biology from Memphis State University.
He began his professional career in
1970 as a visiting lecturer in science at
Averette College in Danville, Va. He
then worked as a Research Associate at
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, involved
in the environmental assessment of nucle-
ar power facilities.
For 11 years through 1985, Dr. Wilcox
was affiliated with General Development
Corp. in Port Charlotte. From 1974 to
1979, he was director of its subsidiary,
Environmental Quality Laboratory, and
for the next six years he was General

Employee Committee
from page eight
tee. "Two years ago the committee
really became autonomous. People
were elected. We came up with bylaws,
rules for committees, and defined our
purpose. It became a very formal com-
mittee," he said.

Mike Britt

Manager, responsible for the company's
development projects in Sarasota, Char-
lotte and DeSoto counties.
In late 1985, Dr. Wilcox left General
Development Corp. to become president

The committee no longer was a
branch of the former Personnel Depart-
ment, but was run solely by the employee
members. This concept has the support
of the executive director, which allows it
to work.
"The intent of the Employee Com-
mittee is to raise morale and give employ-
ees the ability to express viewpoints,"
Spirakis said.
Now, two years later, he notes, "I
think it has worked. People are apprecia-
"The committee has served as a
liaison between workers, employees and
directors," he added.
An example of the success of the
Employee Committee is the picnics.
They have been very well attended
compared with earlier picnics. The
committee "brought interest in them
back," Spirakis said.
"Events now are working because
people are trying to make them suc-
cessful," said Dean Rusk, former chair-
man of the Employee Committee.
Each project, such as a picnic or
Christmas party, has a committee of
staff members who plan it in detail. Fund
raisers such as bake sales are held,

of Florida Trace, Inc., also of Port Charlotte.
The company specializes in commercial,
industrial and undeveloped residential
acreage sales. He also serves on the
Board of Directors of Sun Bank Charlotte
County, Charlotte Engineering and Sur-
veying, Inc. and is a general contractor
and licensed real estate broker.
Active on state and regional boards,
Dr. Wilcox is a member of the Regional
Panel of the State Comprehensive Plan-
ning Committee of the Florida Legislature,
the Southwest Florida Regional Planning
Council Citizens Advisory Committee,
and he served on the Charlotte Harbor
Resource Management and Planning
He has written professional journal
articles, co-authored a book, and presen-
ted papers on the effects of development
activities on the environment.
He previously served on the Peace
River Basin Board of the water manage-
ment district and now serves as its Co-
Chairman Ex Officio.

entertainment committees are formed,
and tickets are sold in advance.
Employee events now involve director
and employee participation, Spirakis said.
The Employee Committee, now in
its third year, has grown since its forma-
tion, said Rusk, who has been involved
with the committee since its inception.
"The first year, it was more of a
sounding board," he said.
"The second year, we tried to pick
up momentum and create more employee-
oriented events. And this year, Mike Britt
(present chairman), is getting as many
people as possible actively involved in
Britt wants to stick with positive
issues, Rusk said. "We want to see
working solutions, rather than just com-
plaints," he noted.
Britt, a planner who was elected to
the one-year term of chairman in June,
1986, said the committee already has
established a budget: $700 for the
Christmas party, $500 for the picnic and
$300 for miscellaneous.
"The Employee Committee is really
just to serve as a common link between
staff and management," Britt said.

~I___ ___ 1_1 _~_~_ _

Bartow Office Serves Needs

of Five-CountyArea

BARTOW -- The best kept secret in
Bartow may be the Southwest Florida
Water Management District office, which
serves a five-county area stretching from
Polk City south to Punta Gorda, and from
Sebring west to the Hillsborough County
But it is not a secret the water
management district wants to keep.
The office, located at 2020 State
Road 60 East, just east of the bypass,
may not be well known to many people
because it is hidden from the road. The
building is several hundred feet from the
road, and it is usually shrouded in shade
m r r" .,w

George "Buddy" Sutton is the Field
Supervisor at the Bartow office. He is a
native of Bartow who has been employed
by the district in Bartow since 1969, with
the exception of the two years he served
in Vietnam. He can remember the days
when he was only one of two employees
at the office.
"All we did was mow the canal banks
and open the flood control gates," he said.
Today, the water management dis-
trict's responsibilities are more complex,
with nine employees working in the Bartow
The office is responsible for issuing
.. -,u

Samuel C. Howard (left) and Buddy Sutton in front of the Bartow district office.

from a number of large oak trees there. A
stone monument marks the office location,
but that also is about 100 feet from the
road and is often hidden in shade.
It is easy to see how a passing
motorist could miss the building.
Some district employees from the
main office in Brooksville even have had
trouble finding it on their first visit.
The building was constructed in 1961,
and it is the original water management
district location for the 16 county area of
the Southwest Florida Water Management
District. The other offices in Brooksville
and Tampa were built later.

permits for well construction, well water
withdrawal, surface and storm water man-
"The people I have to deal with know
I am here," said Sutton, and added, "The
public knows we are here, but a lot of
people don't know what we do."
Samuel C. Howard, Enforcement Super-
visor at the Bartow office, feels many
people do not yet know the full range of
services available.
"We do everything here," he said but
added "It's probably never been recog-
nized by the public."
"A lot of calls go to the county, and

then the county refers them to us," Howard
said. Those calls range from questions
on aquatic weed control to lake levels
and well permitting.
In the future, many more people will
likely be dealing with the Bartow office. In
1984, the Florida Legislature mandated
permitting for surface and storm water
management to the water management
districts, increasing the district's permit
Every commercial project, even if it
is a small convenience store, must have
an engineer-designed plan for managing
its surface and storm water. While the
district does not provide engineers for
this, it does inspect every permit, and
permits must be approved by the district
before construction begins.
Until Howard joined the Bartow office
in December, 1985, there was no one in
that office qualified to answer questions
about surface and storm water. But
Howard worked for seven years in the
surface water section at district head-
quarters, and he now is in the Bartow
area to assist residents with their permits.
In addition to its newer responsibili-
ties, permitting for wells and lake level
management are two of the continuing
responsibilities of the Bartow office.
In fact, the majority of water use
permits for the larger, non-residential
wells issued by Southwest comes from
the Bartow office. This is because the
heart of the citrus and phosphate industries
is centered in Polk, Highlands, Hardee,
DeSoto and Charlotte counties.
And issuance of consumptive use
permits, or CUPS, for wells "is increasing,
if anything," Howard said. With the recent
spate of Florida freezes, many growers
have replanted groves, which require
new wells, he said.
In addition to its permitting responsi-
bilities, the Bartow office is also in charge
of water control structures on the following
Polk County lakes: Gibson, Parker, Scott,
Banana, Hancock, Arietta, Ariana, Lena,
Rochelle, Haines, Conine, Smart, Fannie,
Henry and Hamilton.
In Highlands County those lakes are:
June in Winter, and Francis. The district
is also responsible for clearing aquatic
weeds in canals around these structures
and on the Peace River.

Tampa Office Boasts

of Long Employment Record

TAMPA-- If the Bartow office is the
best kept secret, the Tampa office of the
Southwest Florida Water Management
District is also unfamiliar to some, but
like Bartow, it is an intergral part of the
The Tampa subdistrict office serves
Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sara-
sota counties and everything north of
the Peace River in Charlotte County.
It is located on U.S. 301 and is often
mistaken for the DER building, which is
not the case. The Department of Envir-
onmental Regulation rents office space
from the district and occupies more than
half of the building, but the office is
owned by the water management district.
The Tampa office has 23 employees,
most of whom are survey, field opera-
tions and water resource personnel.
The office has the distinction of hav-
ing many employees with long employ-
ment records. In fact, of the 23 employees,
12 have 10 years or more of district
experience. Two employees, survey
party chiefs Daniel DeWitt and Marvin
Singletary, have worked at the district 18
years each.
Other employees who have worked
10 years or more are Joseph Yanchunis,
Debra Phillips, Timothy Bailey, William
Heck, Ruth Hogan,Larry Gleckler, Randy
Baldwin, Cloyd Griffey Daryl Epperly
and Reginald C. Riley.
Zolda Favot, Southwest's Director of
Human Resources, feels the longevity of
employees has more to do with the posi-
tions they hold, rather than the Tampa
"Probably you would find that being
true throughout the district," she said.
Field and tradesmen who specialize in
that type of work, in general, tend to stay
at the district for many years, she said.
"In those positions, you'll typically
find that people are stable. If the salary
stays in line with the economy, the
benefits largely are a staying factor,"
she said. "People see a value in some-
thing beyond a paycheck."
Debbie Phillips of the Tampa office,
however, speculated it was the good
working atmosphere found there. "We
have a good group of people. We work
well together. People are staying," she
While many employees at the Tampa

office are in positions such as surveying,
maintenance and field operations, the
office also serves as a link to the public
in the five-county area it covers.
Randy Baldwin, District Service Rep-
resentative, said the office receives many
calls to help local residents with specific
water management problems.
Typical inquiries Baldwin investi-
gates include surface water manage-
ment permit complaints, sinkhole inves-
tigations, well construction complaints
and well abandonment, he said.
In addition, "We get involved in spur
of the moment assignments which pop
up on a day-to-day basis," he said.
The Tampa office, like the Bartow
and Brooksville offices, was actively
involved in preparing for Hurricane Elena
which threatened the Gulf Coast of Flor-
ida over Labor Day weekend, 1985.
Ms. Phillips recalls employees were
on duty for more than two days during
the course of the storm, which, fortu-
nately, lost strength before coming ashore.
"We came on duty at 4 a.m. Saturday
and we were not released until 6 p.m.
Sunday," she said. "Then we had to
come back Monday morning and work
Labor Day."
Staff members went out in pairs to
operate the water control structures in
preparation for massive flooding. Ms.
Phillips was the only female to participate
in the teams. It was very difficult work,
she said, with the teams facing the possi-
bility of high winds and heavy rains, pan-
icky motorists and downed power lines.
When the hurricane threat was over,
the pairs returned the control gates to
their normal positions.

Other responsibilities of the Tampa
office include monitor well drilling, main-
tenance of the water control structures
and Tampa Bypass Canal banks, and
investigation and compliance of surface
and groundwater permits. To investigate
permits, there are five water resource
technicians, including one who lives in
Sarasota just to handle that area.
The district's DER liaison, who is
Randy Baldwin, is also located at the
Tampa office. Baldwin attends DER staff
meetings and is the contact person be-
tween the district and the DER.
Also, public meetings are held at the
office for the Hillsborough River, North-
west Hillsborough and Alafia River basin
boards, and some Governing Board meet-

Southwest Calendar

Sept. 30 2:00 p.m. Governing Board meeting and public hearing.
District headquarters, Brooksville.

Oct. 1

Oct. 8

9:00 a.m. Governing Board monthly meeting.
District headquarters, Brooksville.
2:00 p.m. Joint meeting of the Manasota and Peace
River basin boards, Longino Ranch, Arcadia.

Oct. 16 9:00 a.m. Hillsborough River Basin Board meeting.
1:00 p.m. Alafia River Basin Board meeting.
3:00 p.m. N.W. Hillsborough Basin Board meeting.
District Tampa office,
7601 U.S. Highway 301 North, Tampa.

Oct. 23-24

Water management districts annual conference,

Nov. 5 2:00 p.m. Governing Board meeting and public hearing.
Citrus County Auditorium,
fairgrounds, Inverness.
Nov. 6 9:00 a.m. Governing Board monthly meeting.
County Commission Chambers at the
Courthouse, Inverness.
Nov. 11 Holiday
Nov. 12 10:00 a.m. Peace River Basin Board meeting.
(Location to be announced.)
2:00 p.m. Manasota Basin Board meeting. Sarasota-
Bradenton Airport Authority meeting room,
General Twining Avenue, Sarasota.

Nov. 18 9:00 a.m. Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board meeting,
Clearwater City Council Chambers,
City Hall, Clearwater.
4:00 p.m. Withlacoochee River Basin Board meeting,
District headquarters, Brooksville.
Nov. 20 9:00 a.m. Hillsborough River Basin Board meeting.
1:00 p.m. Alafia River Basin Board meeting.
District Tampa office,
7601 U.S. Highway 301 North, Tampa.
Nov. 24 6:30 p.m. Coastal Rivers Basin Board meeting, District
headquarters, Brooksville.

Nov. 27-28


Dec. 2 2:00 p.m. Governing Board meeting and public hearing.
(Location to be announced)
Dec. 3 9:00 a.m. Governing Board monthly meeting.
(Location to be announced).
Dec. 10 2:00 p.m. Manasota Basin Board Meeting,
Sarasota-Bradenton Airport Authority Meeting
Room, General Twining Avenue, Sarasota.
Dec. 18 9:00 a.m. Hillsborough River Basin Board Meeting
1:00 p.m. Alafia River Basin Board Meeting
3:00 p.m. NW Hillsborough Basin Board meeting
District Tampa Office,
7601 U.S. Highway 301 North, Tampa.

Dec. 25-26


NOTE: Prior to attendance at scheduled meetings, it is recom-
mended that the district Public Communications Depart-
ment be contacted at (904) 796-7211 for confirmation of
dates, times, and locations.

This HYDROSCOPE issue was published at an approximate cost of
$2,232.11 or $.45 a copy to provide public officials and private
citizens a current source of information about the Southwest Florida
Water Management District and its programs.
Inquiries, comments and suggestions are welcome and should
be addressed to the Public Communications Depart-
ment, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 2379 Broad
Street, Brooksville, Florida 33512-9712; Phone (904) 796-7211,
SunCom 684-0111. Permission to reproduce materials found herein
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