Title: Mission Statement
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Title: Mission Statement
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Mission Statement
General Note: Box 10, Folder 21 ( SF Water Use Plan, State-Water Element - 1977-78 and 1985 ), Item 4
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Section 373.036, Florida Statutes, directs the Department of Eavironmental
Regulation to coomete with the Emastive Ofit Ot th GovQernor to fomalate
the State Water sea Plan as "a functional elint1 of the State Caprehensive

The DepartBnt is further directed to proceed as rapidly as possible to study:

-Existing water urces in the tate *

-Means and methods of conserving and ausp notingg such Yaters;

-Bstii a c awtmmAl aoat@ =eeqds and uses of water for protection and
procreation of fish and 1difte, irrigatima mining, pcwer development,
and doaestic, municipal, and industrial uses;

-And all other related subjects, including drainage, reclaiation,
flood-plain or floqd-hazard area zoning, and selation of reservoir

In conjunction with the specific topics to be addressed in Section 373.036, the
Department is required to "give due consideration to" the following additional

T-h*attaiagIet qL aBi0 1wa onable-bearicial use of water for such
purposes as those referred to in subeetion 373.036(1);

-T. 4 econo icW development of the water resources consistent with
other uses .

-Tu control of such waters for such purposes as environmental protection,
drainage, flood'control, and water storage;

-flhe quantity of water available for application ta reasonabLe-beneficial

-The prevention of wsteful, unecenica, practical, or unreasonable
uses of water resources;

-Presently ercised nestic use and penit rights;

-The preservation and emhancant of tlh iSnatj quaiity of the state and the
provisions of the state water quality plan;

-The state ;ter resources policy as pressed by Chapter 373, Florida


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Reasonable-beneficial use is a key concept in Chapter 373, the Florida Water
Resources Act of 1972. It is defined in Subsection 373.019 (4):
"'Reasonable-peneficial use' meaps= the use of water in such quantity as is,
necessary for -ecoauic and efficifait utifUation for a pu5rp and in a
manner which is both reasonable aridmonsist~it with the p blicinterest."

The reasonable-beneficial use standard was developed in the;model water code to
canbine the best features of the prior appropria-tion doctrine of western water
law (beneficial) and the riparian doctrine of astern law (reasoa le).
Section 373.036 notes that the State Water tise Plan' "sall give due
consideration to" the state water resources pqc.cy as expressed by the Water
Resources act, Although matters, of pJ.cy oa' thrtughbi t thf ift, the1
most apparent expression is found in S action 373'.0 6: '
"(1) The waters in the state are among its basic resources. Such waters
have not heretofore been 'donerved 0o fully cntrtleda'so as to
realize their full beneficial use. .
(2M It is further declared to p.the policy of the Legislature:
(a) To provide for the management of water and related land
(b) To promote the conservation, develoenwt, and proper utilization
of surface and ground water;
(c) To develop and regulate diams, impounditnts, reservoirs,''and vober
works and to provide water storage for beneficial purposes;
(d) To prevent damage frmn floods, soil erosion, and e-cessive
(e) To preserve natural resources, fish and wildlife;

(f) To promote the public policy set forth in s. 403.021;
(g) To promote recreational development, protect public lands, and'-:
assist in maintaining the navigability of rivers and harbors; and
(h) Otherwise to,proBote thp health, safety, and general welfare of
the people oft this state.'
(3) The legislature recognizes that the water resource problems of the
state vary from region to region, both in magnitude and complexity.
It is, therefore, the intent of the Legislature to vest in the '"6
Department of Environmental Regulation or its successor agency the
power and responsibility to accomplish the conservation, protection,
management, and control of the waters of the state and with sufficient
flexibility and discretion to accaplish these ends through delegation
of appropriate powers to the various water management districts. The

DarWtmet my exercise any pcer herein authorized to be exercised by
a water I nagement district; however, to the greatest extent
practicable, such power should be delegated to the governing board of
a water mnagemnt district."


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