Title: Minutes and Redraft of Policy Statement of Dec. 11, 1996
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Water Policy Task Force

Dale Twachtmann

Minutes and Redraft of Policy Statement

December 13, 1996


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Attached please find minutes of our meeting of December 11, and draft water policy statement for
your review and comment.

This policy will be the subject of our next meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 9 from 11:30
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Florida Chamber.

If you have questions or need further information please contact Chuck Littlejohn at (904) 222-



Florida Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
136 S. Bronough St. P.O. Box 11309 Tallahassee, FL 32302-3309 (904)425-1200 FAX (904) 425-1260
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Florida Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Environmental Issues Council
Water Policy Task Force
Tallahassee, Florida
December 11, 1996


PRESIDING: Dale Twachtmann

MEMBERS: Bill Hyde, Bill Hunter, Jim Irvin, Wade Hopping, Steve Fox, Paul Lewis,
Lee Thurner, Doug Mann, Jake Varn

STAFF: George Johnson
Chuck Littlejohn

I. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS: Chair Twachtmann opened the
meeting with a preliminary review of water-related issues identified for
discussion by the Task Force during a conference call held on November
25, 1996.

outlined the format, focus, and procedures of the Water Policy Task Force.

HI. POLICY DISCUSSION: Chair Twachtmann and Chuck Littlejohn led an
extensive discussion of water-related issues during which the attached draft
policy statement was tentatively agreed upon pending further review by the
Task Force.

IV. FUTURE MEETING: The next meeting of the Task Force will be held in
Tallahassee at the Florida Chamber Conference Room on Thursday,
January 9, 1997, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Members were instructed
by Chairman Twachtmann to provide any recommended changes to the
attached draft water policy to George Johnson or Chuck Littlejohn by no
later than Friday, January 3.

V. ADJOURN: Chair Twachtmann adjourned the meeting at 2:00 p.m.

Florida Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
136 S. Bronough St. P.O. Box 11309 Tallahassee, FL 32302-3309 (904) 425-1200 FAX (904) 425-1260

SUBJECT: State Water Policy

Florida, which receives over 50 inches of rain per year, has an ample supply of water to meet the
projected needs of citizens, industry, agriculture, and the environment. Water shortages are often
the result of lack of adequate water management as opposed to a change in natural conditions.
Water resource and water supply development are of critical importance to business and industry.
It is imperative to Florida's future that the responsibility for water resource development be
clearly delineated and assigned to water management districts. Availability of water for all uses
should be emphasized. It should be clarified that the districts have an affirmative obligation to
seek, find, and augment sources for the continued use of water for all of Florida's water needs.
The water resource development process should be streamlined and made more proactive.
Unnecessary planning and regulatory obstacles should be removed. The Chamber's position
statement on Florida water policy supports the accomplishment of these objectives.


WATER PROTECTION AND USE: The Florida Chamber of Commerce supports the following
positions regarding the use and protection of Florida water resources:

1. Legislative enactment of a state water policy which seeks to provide adequate water
resources for all uses and which provides for balanced consideration of human needs and
those of the natural system. Tie Chamber opposes the adoption of water policy by
executive agency rule unless ratified by the Legislature.

2. Legislative direction that water resources development is a primary mission of water
management districts. Districts should use ad valorem tax revenues for water resource
development and for financial assistance to local government, private utilities, and water
supply authorities to facilitate water supply development. As used herein, the term water
resource development means the implementation of integrated water resources
management using aquifers and watershed basins as the planning units and including the
following: surface water and groundwater data collection and evaluation; the preparation
of strategic plans; construction, maintenance and operation of major public works facilities
to provide for flood control, surface and underground storage, groundwater recharge
augmentation and sustainability of all reasonable and beneficial water uses to support
private and public water users and water suppliers. The term "water supply development"
means the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of public and private
facilities for extraction of water from watersheds and aquifers for treatment, transmission
and distribution for resale or end use.

3. Legislative oversight of water management districts is needed, particularly with regard to
district budgets and to emphasize water resource development responsibilities.
Subcommittees should be established within the House Appropriations and Senate Ways

and Means Committees to annually review Water Management District budgets. The
Legislature should establish measurable water resource development objectives to be
achieved by districts and monitor district performance against those objectives.

4. Legislative policy direction is needed to determine who pays for water resources
development and how the cost should be allocated.. The Chamber supports the principle
of "beneficiary should pay" as applied to water resources development. The costs of
providing for water needs of the natural systems, which benefits all of the citizens of
Florida, should be borne by the general population.

5. Statutory clarification is necessary with regard to minimum flows and levels. Existing
facilities and land uses must be taken into account by water management districts in the
establishment and application of minimum flows and levels. Violation of a minimum flow
or level should trigger the development of additional water resources to recover the
shortfall as well as necessary interim restrictions on water use.

6. Statutory clarification that all publicly'owned lands may be used for water resources
development where compatible with other public objectives for use of the land.

7. Statutory authorization for the use of mitigation to balance against the adverse effects of
water resource and water supply development.

8. Creation of regulatory and financial incentives for enhancing water storage on private
lands including aquifer recharge augmentation.

9. Legislative direction that water use permits should be issued for more extended durations
consistent with accepted business practices. The duration of a consumptive use permit
should be presumed valid unless emergency circumstances occur which necessitates a
lesser permit duration.

10. A statutory requirement for consistency of regulations between the Department of
Environmental Protection, water management districts, and the Public Service
Commission. The Chamber supports a longer PSC margin reserve period which is
consistent with DEP and WMD requirements; a "used and useful" methodology which
parallels environmental and engineering requirements; an automatic environmental cost
pass-through process for required projects; 100% used and useful treatment for all
components of reuse facilities; and specific authority for the PSC to set conservation rates.

11. A statutory requirement that gubernatorial appointments to governing boards be staggered
such that the terms of no more than three members of a governing board expire in any one

Date: 12/16/96
.Time: 9:33 AM

Fl Chamber of Commerce
/ SIG Group Roster

Water Task Force

Mr. Dale Twachtman
Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, In
Suite 300
5300 West Cypress Street
Tampa FL 33607-1712
(0) (813) 877-7275
(F) (813) 281-2691

Mr. Wade L. Hopping
Hopping Green Sams & Smith
P.O. Box 6526
Tallahassee FL 32314-6526
(0) (904) 222-7500
(F) (904) 224-8551

Mr. William L. Hyde
Gunster, Yoakley, Valdes-Fauli & St
515 North Adams Street
Tallahassee FL 32301-1148
(0) (904) 222-6660
(F) (904) 222-1002

Mr. Charles Littlejohn
Charles Littlejohn & Associates
310 West College Avenue
Tallahassee FL 32301-1406
(0) (904) 222-7535
(F) (904) 681-8796

Mr. Philip S. Parsons
Landers & Parsons
P.O. Box 271
Tallahassee FL 32302-0271
(0) (904) 681-0311
(F) (904) 224-5595

Mr. Lee Thurner
IMC-Agrico Company
P.O. Box 2000
Mulberry FL 33860-1100
(0) (941) 428-2677
(F) (941) 428-2694

Mr. A. L. Holmes
CF Industries-Bartow
P.O. Box 1480
Bartow FL 33831-1480
(0) (941) 533-6634
(F) (941) 533-2641

Mr. William D. Hunter
Association of Florida Community
Suite 350, Hopping Boyd Bldg.
123 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee FL 32301-1517
(0) (904) 681-2176
(F) (904) 222-5098

Mr. Jim Irvin
Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Inc.
P.O. Box 4850
Jacksonville FL 32201-4850
(0) (904) 296-2000
(F) (904) 279-2491

Mr. Doug M. Mann
A. Duda and Sons, Inc.
310 West College Avenue
Tallahassee FL 32301-1406
(0) (904) 681-2794
(F) (904) 681-8796

Mr. Harry S. Rose
Atlantic Gulf Communities Corporati
2601 South Bayshore Drive
Miami FL 33133-5417
(0) (305) 859-4393
(F) (305) 859-4029

Mr. Jacob D. Varn
Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanual, Sm
& Cutler, P.A.
P.O. Drawer 190
Tallahassee FL 32302-0190
(0) (904) 224-1585
(F) (904) 222-0398


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Date: 12/16/96
*Time- 9:33 AM

Fl Chamber of Commerce
' SIG Group Roster

Water Task Force

Mr. James O. Vick
Gulf Power Company
P.O. Box 1151
Pensacola FL 32520-1151
(0) (904) 444-6382
(F) (904) 444-6705

Mr. Frank Westmark
Champion International Corporation
P.O. Box 87
Cantonment FL 32533-0087
(0) (904) 968-4225
(F) (904) 968-3074


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