Title: Memorandum: Isolated Wetlands Rulemaking, Wildlife Research Laboratory
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Title: Memorandum: Isolated Wetlands Rulemaking, Wildlife Research Laboratory
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Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Memorandum: Isolated Wetlands Rulemaking, Wildlife Research Laboratory
General Note: Box 7, Folder 1 ( Vail Conference 1987 - 1987 ), Item 31
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Wildlife Research Laboratory
4005 S. Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
19 November 1986


To: Distinguished Colleagues and Other Sorts
From: Paul Moler
Subject: Isolated Wetlands Rule Making

Section 373.414 Florida Statutes mandates that affected water management
districts (all except Northwest) adopt a rule by March 31. 1987, establishing
specific permitting criteria for small, isolated wetlands, including size
thresholds below which impacts on fish and wildlife and their habitats will
not be considered. The law provides further guidance, however, that "These
thresholds shall be based on biological and hydrological evidence that shows
the fish and wildlife values of such areas to be minimal." Unfortunately, the
legislature clouded the issue by establishing an interim threshold value of
5 acres.

The staffs of South Florida Water Management District and Southwest Florida
Water Management District have prepared draft rules which establish the
threshold at 0.5 acres. The development interests are objecting strongly to
any reduction from the 5 acre figure, and, of course, they have their biological
consultants testifying that small isolated wetlands are of little value. SFWMD
and SWFWMD need supporting evidence to counter the very narrow biological
interpretations being presented by the development forces.
SuwanneeAWMD has prepared a first draft which establishes the threshold at 5
acres, apparently following the developer's insistence that that is the real
legislative intent. They have not considered biological and hydrological
evidence. Comments are needed to SRWMD to reinforce the critical biological
importance of small, isolated wetlands.
Finally, Saint John's WMD has not yet released a draft rule, but the same
biological input is needed there.
I have enclosed some of my earlier correspondence on the subject. At the
district workshops I have also included data on wading bird rookeries and
wood stork feeding.

If you feel inclined to comment, address correspondence to:
Saint Johns Water Management District Suwannee River Water Management District
P. 0. Box 1429 ATTNi.Dave Fisk
Palatka, FL 32077 Rt. 3, Box 64
Live Oak, FL 32055

Southwest Florida Water Management District South Florida Water Management District
ATTN: Clark Hull ATTN: Terrie Miller
2379 Broad Street P. 0. Box 24680
Brooksville, FL 33512-9712 West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680

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