Title: Comments printed in the Florida Water Users Association Newsletter
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Title: Comments printed in the Florida Water Users Association Newsletter
Physical Description: 1p.
Language: English
Publication Date: January 26. 1981
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 2, Folder 3A ( STATE WATER POLICY ), Item 6
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Water Users Association

January 26, 1981 NEWSLETTER
SUBJECTS: Staff Level Meetings Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish
Commission Petition Legislative Outlook Coordinating
Council Phaseout TV Coverage, Biscayne Aquifer

SSeveral staff level meetings have been held by the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Regulation and the five State Water Manage-
ment Districts in an effort to agree on a draft proposal of state
water policy. DER supports a lengthy and detailed approach to a
state water policy that has brought some opposition from the WMD
Board Members and Staff favoring a short broad statement with
greater flexibility to meet the varying conditions of different
areas, This will be an important item of discussion between WMD
Board Members and DER Secretary Varn at the Quarterly Meeting of
these agencies in Palatka on January 30th. The schedule for future
action is: February 5th, draft made available to the public; Feb-
ruary 12th, rule development in Tallahassee; between February 21st
and March 5th, a meeting of the Governor and WMD Board Chairmen,
and March 27th, a public hearing.

The Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission has petitioned the
Florida Department of Environmental Regulation for the adoption of
a rule establishing uniform statewide maximum concentration of nu-
trients for all freshwater lakes. This petition was presented to the
DER Commission January 29th. The Commission referred the request to
staff for study. It will be brought back to the Commission probably
in March. Such a rule would create serious problems as varying con-
7 editions statewide make it impossible to comply. DER Commissioner
Hall, a former member of the Game and Fish Commission, recognized
o the need to protect fisheries, but pointed out that such an action
could create impossible enforcement situations.

At the December meeting the G&F Commission directed staff to
propose to the Legislature a "Florida Fish & Wildlife Coordinating
Act." The main thrust of the act is to force full and equal consid-
eration of any impact on fisheries or wildlife of any project that
may have any adverse consequence. It would seem we already have
enough regulatory requirements to provide this protection.

Relatively few bills have been profiled for
the 1981 session of the Florida Legislature.
S All indications are that no major legislation
will be acted upon in the field of water and
related land use. It is possible that some

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