MINUTES OF HiE MEETING
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The Board of Governors of the Southwest Florida Water Management District
(Regulatory) met in the District H.eadquarters building, DBrooksville, Florida
at 9:35 A.M. on May 13, 1970. The following persons were present:
D. S. McAteer, Chairman Myron Gibbons, Attorney
Arthur M. Pickard, Vice Chairman Col. H. C. Gee, Consulting Engineer
Edward Medard, Secretary Ted Reiter, Consulting Accountant
John Anderson, Treasurer Dale Twachtmann, Executive Director
Herman Beville, Member Robert Gates, Supt. of Maintenance
S. C. Bexley, Member Garald Parker, Chief Hydrologist
Paul Hubbard, Member Clint Schultz, Chief of Fiscal Division
Thomas Van der Veer, Member Robert Watson, Chief -Land Acquisition
Boyce Williams, Member
James L. Carter, Jr., Watson & Company
James F. Mummey, Property Owners' League
H. J. Woodard, Dept. of Natural Resources
Bruce Congleton, Florida Phosphate Council
Dwight Hart, Oklawaha
Lucy Ware Morgan, St. Petersburg Times
and the following SWFWMD staff members: Emily Black, Betty Fischer,
Hildred Haight, Malcolm Johnson, Jane Kirk, Porter Lambert, Charlie
Miller, Melba Beaty and Carol Ezell.
Chairman McAteer called the meeting to order. The minutes of the April 8,
1970 meeting were considered by the members and after study it was moved
by Mr. Pickard and seconded by Mr. Medard that the minutes be approved
as published to the Board. Motion carried.
Chairman McAteer then called upon Mr. Parker who presented to the Board
a statistical report on the status of driller registration and permits from
January 1st through May 8th. Mr. Parker stated that one area in which pro-
gress needs to be made now relates to engineering exploratory holes. Most
of the engineering firms have registered, however, there are still a few who
A total of 1507 permits have been processed since the beginning of the year.
154 of these were wells of 6 inches and greater in size. Six wells of the
24-inch size have received permits and most of these wells are located in
the St. Petersburg well field. One is used as a relief well in the phosphate
area. Upon a question from Mr. Pickard as to the purpose of a relief well,
Mr. Parker explained that a relief well is a well drilled for standby use and
pumped in order to relieve water pressure at the base of one of the earthen
dams. Mr. Pickard then questioned just where this water goes when it is
pumped, and received the reply that it goes down a surface drainageway. The
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question then arose as to the depth of the well, to which Mr. Parker replied
that he believed it was a 64 foot well using only that water in the upper
Mr. Parker pointed out that the registered drillers listed by areas on the
statistical report are grouped according to the basin in which their main
office is located, not particularly the area in which they drill. He stated
that a number of drillers are registered who are out of the District. The
driller with whom some problems recently arose is one of the out-of-District
drillers, but he has now complied with the regulations.
Mr. Anderson asked if well logs arc being properly furnished. Mr. Parker
replied that the logs are being completed by the drillers, that the staff is
furnishing the information to the state as well, and that quite a large number
of these logs are on file at the present time. Mr. Anderson then asked
whether the logs were accurately prepared by the driller and if well cuttings
were furnished with the logs. Mr. Parker said that field work by the staff
played an important part in knowing whether or not the driller was accurate
in his use of terms on his logs, and that well cuttings are furnished upon re-
quest. Mr. Parker also said that by arrangement with Mr. John Miller of
the State Health Department drillers may now obtain State Health Department
permit forms from the District office.
Chairman McAteer stated that one of the main things hoped for in the Regu-
latory District was that the drillers would call upon the District for help, and
asked if this has begun? Mr. Parker stated that this has begun. The drillers
do feel a need for assistance, especially when moving into an area where they
are not familiar with the geology.
Mr. Pickard asked if any educated guess was available on how many wells
2-inches or smaller are being drilled. Mr. Twachtmann stated that in dis-
cussing this subject with the Well Drilling Advisory Committee they gave an
estimate that about 40% of all wells drilled are 2-inch. He further stated
that it was the request of the drillers that all wells be regulated, however,
they have indicated that they would be satisfied at present with a change in
the regulations to include the 2-inch wells only.
Mr. Twachtmann stated that he felt one significant fact that should be brought
out was that during the week of May 1 -8, as soon as things became dry, 157
well permits were processed; the greatest number to date for a one-week
Chairman McAteer stated that the Well Drilling Advisory Committee will
meet on May 20th, instead of the 27th as shown on the agenda.
Chairman McAteer also stated that the Public Hearing on changes to the Rules
and Regulations, Chapter 357R-1, will be held on June 10th at 1:00 P. M.
There being no further business to come before the Board at this time the
meeting adjourned at 9:55 A, M.