Title: Letter from U.S. Corps of Engineers to SWFWMD re: the possibility of adding general recreation to the Four River Basins project. 2p.
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SAJWS 27 January 1971

Mr. Dale Twachtmann
Southwest Florida Water
Management District
P. 0. Box 457
Brooksville, Florida 33512

Dear Mr. Twachtmann:

There have been several discussions at interagency meetings and with
Mr. Miller of our recreational planning group about the possibility
of adding general recreation to the Four River Basins project. This
would require the submission of a mutually agreed upon comprehensive
plan for the entire project in order to support a postauthorization
change to the project and an increase in the total project cost esti-
mate. There would then be authority to spend part of an increased
total Federal contribution on these facilities.

Recreational boating and fish and wildlife benefits in the amount of
$615,000 annually or 8.7% of the project benefits were claimed in the
authorizing document. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service which fur-
nished the estimate for the bulk of these benefits pointed out that
public access to the resource would be required to realize them. The
cost sharing was changed to assign one-half of the construction cost
of that part of the assignable benefits for those purposes to the
local interests. The authorizing report also pointed out that
specific recreational facilities, although not included in that re-
port, would be given full consideration in future planning for the
construction of elements in the comprehensive plan. accordingly,
the design memorandum for Green Swamp and Little Withlacoochee will
include the minimum facilities necessary to develop the already
credited fish and wildlife benefits.

However, the Federal Water Recreation Act of 1965 (P.L. 89-72) re-
quires that full consideration be given to all of the recreational
opportunities which any water resource project affords. The Federal
Government is authorized under that act to enter into contracts with
non-Federal public bodies for development, management, and adminis-
tration of the general recreational resources of Federal water
resources projects. The two co-operators will prepare a mutually

SAJWS 27 January 1971
Mr. Dale Twachtmann

acceptable Plan of Recreation Development and Management which will
depict and identify the types and quantities of facilities which the
Federal Government and the District will construct in accordance with
this contract. The contract spells out all the responsibilities of
the Corps of Engineers such as that of designing the project, insofar
as possible, to enhance the recreational and wildlife potential; to
make available to the District for management and administration those
lands acquired pursuant to this contract, etc. However, it also spells
out the District requirements such as reimbursement or repayment sched-
ules, the fact that lands and facilities will be in title to the United
States, etc. All separable costs for the land and facilities to be
acquired and constructed under the contract will be shared on an equal
basis. The District will operate and maintain the facilities although
title to lands and facilities will be in the Corps of Engineers. The
District may contribute their share as work in kind (as in actual con-
struction of some facilities), by providing some of the lands or any
other combination under which your total contribution would be 50
percent of the total costs. However, no other Federal funds may be
used to pay any part of the District's share.

This, of course, is not quite as attractive as outright grants, such as
from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. However, it is another avenue
through which to bring substantial Federal financial support for recrea-
tional development which takes advantage of the water-related resources
at Corps projects and which are very largely used by residents of the
project area.

We have found an increasing insistence--especially in view of the greater
concern with the environment--that public access to and use of projects
supported by Federal funds must be fully developed. A plan which we
might prepare that is not the result of close liaison with your agency
and wholeheartedly supported by it would only be abortive.

I would appreciate your discussing this possible additional cooperative
expansion of the Four River Basins project with your staff and with the
Governing Board. A firm expression of your desire to proceed under
P.L. 89-72 as outlined herein would establish the basis for the liaison
and planning which will hopefully lead to a mutually acceptable recrea-
tion plan for the project.

Sincerely yours,

SJA / /Chief, Engineering Division

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