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DERRILL McATEER. Chairman. Brooklville THOMAS VAN der VEER, Seretary. Yankeeown JOE E. HILL. Leesburg
IGEMS ROBERT E. VAUGHN. Vice Chairman. Brandon JOHN A. ANDERSON, St. Petersburg N. BROOKS JOHNS. Lakeland
J. R. GRAW, Treasurer. Ocala S C BEXLEY. JR.. Land OLake RONALD B LAMBERT, Wauchula
arch 24, 197Donald R. Feaster, Executive Director
March 24, 1975
Mr. Scott Wilson, Executive Director
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council i
3151 Third Avenue, North, Suite 540
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713
Re: TBRPC/SWFWMD Areawide Water Systems Report
This will reply to your letter of March 10, 1975 to Mr. McAteer, attached
to which was a letter dated February 26, 1975 from Commissioner Iley,
Chairman of the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners.
It distresses me that some members of your council continue to criticize
our joint study, even though you and I readily acknowledge that our study
was a conceptual plan and that detailed engineering and economic feasibility
reports would be necessary.
Another point that bothers me is the mistaken thinking that all concepts in
this report were originated by your staff and mine after the report was
begun and without input from staff.of the area water systems. As a matter of
fact three concepts of this report, that most objectors point to, originated
a year or more prior to the start of our joint report. The idea for using
our Tampa Bypass Canal for an additional source of water was proposed in 1971
following our preparation of an Environmental Statement on the project. The
concept of taking advance wastewater and returning it to the system was con-
ceived by my predecessor, Dale Twachtmann, about that same time.
And at a meeting held here in Broo(sville on May 12, 1972, the concept first
developed for the diversion of the excess flows from the Hillsborough River
to Pinellas County. Interconnection of the Tampa system with that of St.
Petersburg to allow an interchange of water was discussed in great detail and
concurred with by all. It was several months later, September of that year,
that SWFWMD and TBRPC first met to discuss the joint study. A special note
should be made of those in attendance. In addition to myself they were:
Lloyd Dove, then Director of Public Works of the City of St.
Petersburg, now Regional Manager of the Black, Crow & Eidsness
St. Petersburg Office, Consultants for Pinellas County.
Mr. Scott Wilson
March 24, 1975
Ed Knudsen, then Director of the City of St. Petersburg Water
Department, and now Engineer with Greeley and Hansen Engineers,
Consultants for the City of St. Petersburg.
Carl Linn, then Assistant Chief Attorney for the City of St.
Petersburg, now City Attorney for the City of St. Petersburg.
Sam Lockwood, then Superintendent of the City of Tampa Water
Department, now Engineer with Watson and Company -- Consultants
for the City of Tampa.
Dale Twachtmann, then SWFWMD Executive Director, now Water
Resources Coordinator for the City of Tampa.
Jake Varn, then SWFWMD Staff Attorney, now Attorney with the
Firm of Carlton, Fields, Ward & Emanual Smith & Cutler, Attorneys
for Pasco County.
Bill Smith, then SWFWMD Hydrologist, now Hydrologist with Richard
Garald G. Parker, SWFWMD Chief Hydrologist and Senior Scientist.
On February 5, 1975, we presented a status report on the District Water Use
Plan to our Governing Board. At that meeting we explained and indicated on
drawings interconnecting pipelines between the hydrologic regions. Although
these were initially presented as emergency connections, I clearly pointed
out that engineering and economic studies might indicate that these pipelines
should be constructed at an early date and used in lieu of some of our other
concepts; but, that the time would probably come when the citizens of these
areas needed additional water and the transfer of water from that region might
have to be curtailed. We also stated that we would be circulating this
report for review and comment of those directly involved in water supply,
and that we would be holding a meeting for further discussion. It would
seem to me that this is all that needs to be done at this time.
Scott, maybe our proposals will prove impractical, but we must use vision,
imagination, and foresight if we are to accomplish our goals of providing
adequate water supplies for our citizens, while at the same time conserving
our valuable water resource. And Commissioner Iley is correct -- our
citizens will be better served by a plan we can all support -- but to do
this we must consider all alternatives.
Mr. Scott Wilson
March 24, 1975
I would appreciate being notified of the next meeting where this will be
discussed so that I may explain further if necessary.
Very truly y rs,
DONALD R. FEASTER, P.E.
cc: District Governing Board
Myron G. Gibbons, Esquire
L. M. Blain, Esquire
Mr. J. B. Butler
Mr. James A. Mann