Title: Memo on Sept. Meeting Date of the Task Force on Water Issues - Letter describing the Activities the Task Force Plans to Commence to Fully Meet It's Charge
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Title: Memo on Sept. Meeting Date of the Task Force on Water Issues - Letter describing the Activities the Task Force Plans to Commence to Fully Meet It's Charge
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AUGUST 31, 1983

I have attached a letter to Speaker H. Lee Moffitt
describing the activities the Task Force plans to commence
to fully meet its charge.

The Task Force will meet in Tallahassee, on September 19,
1983, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room 21, House Office
Building. Please contact Chris Holland, Ph.D., if you have
any questions or suggestions for the agenda.


August 30, 1983

The Honorable H. Lee Moffitt
Speaker, House of Representatives
Room 420, The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In August 1982, you asked the Task Force on Water to
examine water quality and water quantity issues in the state,
particularly with respect to our ability to protect this valu-
able resource, in view of the growth expected over the next
quarter century. In the course of our deliberations, it became
evident that the concern over whether the quantity and quality
of our water would be sufficient to support future growth and
to preserve our natural ecosystems was completely overshadowed
by the immediate and critical danger which groundwater contami-
nation presented to the public health. For this reason, in
preparing its first report, the Task Force concentrated on
groundwater protection, deferring other important issues regard-
ing water quantity, growth, and organizational considerations
to the second phase of our work.

The Legislature should be complimented on its rapid and
comprehensive response to the initial set of recommendations
of the Task Force. Now that the first report has been completed,
however, and the Water Quality Assurance Act has been passed,
the Task Force plans to commence deliberations on some of these
other issues. The Task Force has been in a summer recess since
our last meeting in May; the next meeting is scheduled for
September 19 in Tallahassee.

One area of inquiry will be the transport of water across
county and water management district boundaries. Most urban
areas which have a high, concentrated need for water are clustered
along Florida's coastline, areas where water supplies are the
least plentiful and the most vulnerable to saltwater intrusion
and contamination of the surficial aquifer. At issue is how
to meet these communities' needs for adequate quantities of
water of sufficient quality without inhibiting the growth poten-
tial of other areas and adversely affecting the natural ecosystems
of the state. Consideration will also be given to meeting the
high, but usually seasonal, water needs of agriculture while,
at the same time, insuring adequate water for nonagricultural
areas. At the last Task Force meeting, the members decided

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that this issue would be one which would be addressed as soon
as the Task Force began meeting again.

Another area of inquiry is the organizational structure
at place at the regional level to insure that activities such
as local planning, zoning, transportation, consumptive use
permitting, and developments of regional impact are coordinated
and are consistent with state policies. The Task Force reported
that, on the whole, the organizational structure established in
Florida to directly manage its water resources appears to be
satisfactory. For this reason, no recommendations for compre-
hensive reorganization were made in the first report. However,
the Task Force also believes that this state will face problems
as a result of future growth which will probably not be solved
without a change ultimately in the organizational structure at
least as it relates to integrating land, and water resource
management decisions at the regional level. The Task Force
will begin to examine these organizational issues by reviewing
the Development of Regional Impact process, the role and respon-
sibilities of the Regional Planning Councils, local government
comprehensive plans, and the decision-making process in land use
planning, zoning and transportation to determine whether any
changes in the organizational structure are needed to better
coordinate these processes and to assure that they are occurring
in a manner which is consistent with state policies.

A third area for Task Force consideration is the development
of policy statements for all of the elements required in the
local government comprehensive plans. The goal would be the
development of a set of comprehensive policy statements which
are reflective of the growth expected over the next quarter
century and provide a framework within which all local compre-
hensive plans would be developed and reviewed. Preliminary
discussions by the Task Force members indicated that action on
this subject should be deferred, at least initially, to other
constituted bodies who are currently addressing the development
of such policy statements.

I hope these topics reflect the areas we need to address
in order to meet fully your charge to this Task Force. If you
have any questions or modifications to our proposed activities,
please let me know.

Best Wishes,

illiam E. Sadowski
Task Force on Water Issues


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