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June 1987
Vol. 1, No. 1

Florida Department of
Environmental Regulation

Innovation and results are

departmental goals

By Dale Twachtmann
Department ofEnvironmental Regulation

Management attitudes and environ-
mental priorities are changing at the De-
partment of Environmental Regulation
as I begin to implement the policies I
believe will make the Department bet-
ter able to serve the people of Florida.
If I were to single out two concepts
that are important to the future of the
agency, they would be innovation and
environmental results.
Our wastewater treatment facilities
in Florida are relatively effective. We
now must make a substantial effort to
meet our water supply needs by using
recovered water from these plants. Cur-
rently, we are manufacturing a valuable
commodity clean water and are
'throwing it away".
The control of stormwater runoff is
another area that needs our immediate
attention. In this area, I see a strong role
for local governments. We also need to
rediscover known approaches to pas-
sive stormwater management.
I emphasize strong management,
courteous, businesslike attitudes among
our employee ,reIi-i on of the num-
ber and complexityof our rules, and
very strong emphasis on environmen-
tal results.
Resources now used for negotiating
the maze of complicated, expensive
rules will be redirected to environmen-
tal results. This, in my judgement, also
leads to increased compliance by the
regulated community.
I'm still reviewing a number of de-
partment programs, but I already have
a pretty strong sense of where we need
to go. I'll try to give you some idea of
my plans.

Management Priorities
As secretary of the DER, I will
approach the job somewhat more from
a management standpoint than was
perhaps the case before. Certain
management principles apply to all
organizations, and the DER is no
Courtesy to clients We will
treat all citizens, including those who
file permit applications, as clients. Our
employees will treat people courteously
and professionally. This is basic to any
service organization, and there simply
can be no exceptions.
Objectivity also will be required of
all DER employees. There is no place
for preconceptions in the Department,
and there is no reason the Department
must epitomize the definition of bu-
reaucracy, either. People should be able
to get help from well-trained, commit-
ted personal without being passed all
over the organization.
While there may be some staff mem-
bers who still need to adapt their think-
ing to conform to my style, my observa-
tion on the whole has been that they are
a very professional group.
Excessive rules I intend to
drastically reduce the length and com-
plexity of DER rules. There are too many
rules, and they are too complicate Fu-
ture rulemaking wilflbekept to an ab-
solute minimum. I simply reject the noj
tion of regulation for its own sake.
We should not change the rules
whilpeopleaiein.h~process. I frank-
ly believe that with fewer, less complex
rules, applicants will put more of their
money into achieving the environmen-
tal results we all want, rather than spend-
ing the money on paperwork. For in-
stance, there is no reason I can see that

Dale Twachtmann
any of our permits should require a 26->
page application.
Service commitment In
turn, I hope and expect that my man-
agement changes will lead to a commit-
ment of the highest level of service, a
commitment which will permeate the
entire agency.
If we adopt a more businesslike atti-
tude, treat applicants like clients rath-
er than adversaries,aifid simllity the
process, I anticipate that the level of
complaints we heard during last year's
campaign will drop off dramatically. In-
deed, I've already heard from people
who indicate that dealing with the De-
partment is much more pleasant or at
least not nearly asunpleasant as in the
Another priority is shifting more of
the decisionmaking to the local and re-
gional levels. In this way, we will see
decisions made by people who know
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their areas and problems best, and we
also will be able to devote more of the
Department's resources to technical
assistance. This will, I believe, contrib-
ute to the goal we all share: better en-
vironmental results.
The shift in decisionmaking away
from the Department will not happen
overnight. It may take several years, but
I want to help it happen.
Obviously, in carrying out these
goals, there will be conflicting ideas.
But I think we can, without making it
an adversarial process, sit down and ar-
rive at a consensus.

Environmental Priorities
Water supply and drinking
water Planning to meet Florida's
enormously increasing water supply
needs and carrying out an effective,
efficient safe drinking water program
are among my top program priori-
I am concerned about our drinking
~ __water program, and one of top -
6 | ties is to improve that program. If we
apply current technology, we have the
opportunity to favorably influence Flor-
ida's overall water supply picture far in-
to the next century.
Experience tells me there will be in-
S|tense competition for water resources
( iin Florida over the next 10-20 years. In
my opinion, reuse of recovered water
is one of the tremendous opportunities
to help avoid water supply problems is
reusing of recovered water.
Reuse of recovered water -
A key concept in my philosophy is reuse
of recovered water.
We must completely revise our think-
ing on this subject. We should try to
think of treatment plants as clean water
(Remember, I'm the guy who
d a glass of recovered water from
Tampa's Hookers Point plant.) Natural-
ly, the degree of treatment required
depends on your intended use for the
recovered water, but everybody in the
wastewater treatment business knows
you can reuse this water safely. The
technology exists now.
A number of Florida communities
are successfully recycling their water:
St. Petersburg is meeting more than a
quarter of its water supply needs with
recovered water; Naples is able to sell
recovered water to golf courses at less
than half the cost the courses would
spend to pump their own irrigation
water. Orange County and Palm Beach
also are enjoying success. Leesburg and
M. Dora are among the -fier com-
munities which are finding reuse of
recovered water to be both the best and
the most economical alternative.

Recovered water can be used suc-
cessfully to rejuvenate previou l y rin- .
ed wetlands. I hope we can redo port
tions of our wetlands rules~ T6~a
complish this task more easily.
We also can use recovered water for
agriculture and industry, and water of
the proper quality can be returned to
our rivers and streams.
General water quality pro-
grams Another area high on my list
of priorities is the control of stormwater
Stormwater certainly deserves more
emphasis from the DER, the water man-
agement districts and our cities and
counties. As Florida becomes increas-
ingly urbanized, stormwater quality
becomes more of an issue.
Our stormwater staff calculates that
most of our water pollution results
r6iiio polluted stormwater runoff. In
some bodies of water, the entire pollu-
tant load may be from runoff.
This is an area where we must app-
lytechnology of "the highest order".
We cannot afford to treat stormwater in
traditional treatment plants, so we must
devote more research time to finding in-
novative solutions to our stormwater
runoff problem.
We have known about passive treat-
ment.methods for at least 20 years, but
many of these practices are not being
used. These methods include the use of
grassy swales, more retention higher in
the basin, more diversion to wetlands
when water quality is appropriate,
porous pavement, bottomless inlets and
street sweeping.
I have already talked with Florida
University System Chancellor Dr.
Charlie Reed about enlisting the
research capabilities of the universities
to develop even more ways to suc-
cessfully control this problem. It ap-
pears we will get some help.
I have publicly challenged Florida's
developers and local governments to do
all they can with stormwater up high in
the watershed, before it pollutes our
waterways. In addition, the new federal
Clean Water Act has provisions for con-
trol of nonpoint sources which cause
stormwater pollution. Because Florida
receives 50 inches of rainfall annually,
this issue simply must be high in our
Hazardous waste This is
a top priority because of the sensi-
tive environment we have here in
Florida. In many areas, what goes on
the ground winds up in the ground-
water because the water table is so close
to the surface.
We are now seeking (ite around
the state for long-term storage of hazar-
dous waste. However, there probably

willrnever\be a permittable hazardous
waMsie land.ill. tur i. because of its
fragile environment. Besides, state law
bans new hazardous waste landfills.
We must develop new "state of the
art" approaches in the areas of hazar-
dous waste treatment, recycling and in-
cineration technology. It is a fact of life
that our modern society requires many
complex and toxic chemicals, which
must be used and disposed of safely.
Water and wastewater treat-
ment plant operator certification -
I believe in a strong certification pro-
gram for water and wastewater plant op-
erators. A treatment plant without a
competent, qualified operator is next to
We have problems with many pack-
age treatment plants. I'm convinced
that if some of our very capable, cer-
tified operators were looking after these
plants, the problems would disappear.
We must train and certify these
plant operators as in any other profes-
sion, and then make sure that plant
owners hire them to operate their
facilities. The various short courses,
conferences and seminars that are held
around our state provide more oppor-
tunities for them to share information
and e up-to-date.
Qualil oerato are the key to
success or some of the innovative
methods that I have discussed.
Air quality management -
This is another important program I
have under careful review. My prelimi-
nary impression is that we have a good
program, with the exception that possi-
bly our equipment needs updating.
Control of pollution from the millions
o mobile packed together in our
urban areas must be among our top air
quality priorities.

At the Department of Environmen-
tal Regulation, I will be trying to im-
prove management of the agency and
instill a commitment to service which
will endure long after I've gone; to
streamline the permitting process and
reduce unnecessary regulations, so re-
sources previously used there can be
devoted to achieving environmental
results; to emphasize meeting our state's
water supply needs by improving the
drinking water program, to implement
reuse of recovered water, which is one
of our most valuable commodities; to
protect our groundwater from con-
tamination by hazardous waste; and
protect our air quality in a rapidly ur-
banizing state.
I'll need all the help I can get and
hope I have your support.

Legislative actions affect the Department

The Florida Legislature adopted sev-
eral bills that affect the Department.
Summaries of some of these bills follow.
Additional information will be includ-
ed in the July newsletter.
Senate Bill 145
Fuel Taxes. Revises distribution of
tax for WQATF and SUPER Act, etc.
Senate Bill 204
"Grizzle Bill". Requires advanced
waste treatment in waters around Tam-
pa Bay, south to Charlotte Harbor, in-
cluding tributaries; defines advanced
treatment; provides exceptions.
-Senate Bill 410
SUPER Act Revision; extends amnes-
ty period for reporting leaking tanks, re-
vises date of tax sunset; requires legis-
lative review; authorizes DPR to register
tank testers, etc.
Senate Bill 624
Interdistrict transfer of water. Pro-
vides guidelines and procedures for in-
terdistrict transfer of groundwater; es-
tablishes process for DER review of
WMD actions; requires WMDs to assist
counties with water supply needs; DER
to permit WMD water supply facilities;
authorizes WMD eminent domain for
water supply facilities; authorizes reve-
nue bonds; etc.
Senate Bill 711
Revises distribution of severance and
documentary stamp tax; allocates a por-
tion of the documentary stamp tax funds
to the Save Our Coast debt service and
the CARL program; reduces severance
tax on phosphate ore.
Senate Bill 777
Sales Tax, services; maintains exemp-
tion on resource recovery equipment.
CH. 87-6 Laws of Florida
Senate Bill 986
Asbestos Management. Establishes
program in Dept. of Labor; requires
agencies to survey buildings; DER ap-
points a member of an Asbestos Over-
sight Program Team to develop policy,
review programs, training, etc.
Senate Bill 988
DER Contracting; authorizes DER to
adopt rules governing contracting for
HW cleanup; allows polyethylene
mulch plastic used in agriculture to be
disposed of by open burning if no nui-
sance or public health problem is caus-
ed; authorizes DER Secretary to reallo-
cate functions between Divisions.
Senate Bill 1039
Requires DER to study surface water
classification system, specifically signifi-
cantly altered waters by March 1989; au-
thorizes 10 year renewal of STP permits
if STP is okay; authorizes construction
permits for STPs based on design re-
ports, etc., in certain cases.

House Bill 279
Motor Vehicle Emissions. Creates 13-
member MV Safety & Emissions Study
Commission; requires report to Gover-
nor and next Legislature; requires at
least three meetings, three public hear-
ings; requires report by March 1, 1988
reviewing EPA findings on Florida air
quality and assessment of other state
House Bill 898
Limits liability of persons who ac-
cept wastewater for spray irrigation.

House Bill 1350
SWIM Bill; requires WMDs to design
SWIM programs for waters in their dis-
tricts, w/DER involvement and approv-
al; emphasizes Lake Okeechobee, Lake
Apopka, Lower St. Johns River, Tampa
Bay, Biscayne Bay and Indian River La-
goons; Funds: $4.8 million, Lake Okee-

chobee; $2 million, Biscayne Bay; $1.5
million, Indian River Lagoon; $2 mil-
lion, Tampa Bay; $2.2 million, Lake A-
popka; $2.5 million, Lower St. Johns;
creates beach restoration program in
House Bill 1466
Environmental Efficiency Study
Commission; extends life, of the com-
mission for one more year; requires re-
port to Legislature on duplication and
inefficiencies;" requires specific legisla-
tion, and recommendations for staff
transfers and deletions. DER, DNR, etc.
must submit final report to commission
by September 1, 1987, identifying dupli-
cation & inefficiencies, addressing 1987
Legislative changes, sufficiency of en-
forcement, and an identification of any
program administered by more than
one division, bureau, etc.; appropriates

ERC passes Florida Keys rules

The Florida Environmental Regula-
tion Commission approved at its April
meeting new dredge and fill rules for
the Florida Keys, but the rules will not
go into effect until after an administra-
tive hearing in August on a challenge to
the validity of the rules.
The commission found that the wa-
ters of the Florida Keys "are in irre-
placeable asset which require special
protection." The waters of the Florida
Keys contain stony coral reef forma-
tions, soft coral colonies, algae and
sponge beds and marine seagrass beds.
The area also provides habitat for
several endangered and threatened
Some of the rules' provisions are:
No dredge or fill permits shall be
issued for any activity that alone or in
combination with other activities dam-
ages the viability of a living stony cor-
al, soft coral, macro marine algae,
sponge bed or marine seagrass bed

No permit shall be issued for a\
pier which requires the dredging of a9/
access channel.
Piers designed to moor three or
more boats must be located so that the
water depth at the specific mooring
sites shall not be less than four feet
mean low water.
Boat mooring sites shall
located over aeag bed communi.-
ty or coral reef community regardless
or water depth.
Vertical seawalls shall not be per-
mitted except as provided for by Florida
Statute and Florida Administrative Code.
The administrative hearing on the
challenge to her les has been schedul-
ed fot- Aiiust 3-4 \n Tallahassee.
F6oiiore information on the Florida
Keys rules, contact Richard Cantrell,
Department of Environmental Regula-
tion, Bureau of Permitting, 2600 Blair
Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida
32399-2400 or call (904) 488-0130.

The Department of Environmental Regulation is preparing a mailing list for
Florida's Environment. If you would like to receive future copies of this Newslet-
ter, please fill out this form and mail it to the Department of Environmental Regula-
tion, Office of Public and Legislative Affairs, Twin Towers Office Building, 2600
Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400.





Youth awards applications available now

Applications for the President's En-
vironmental Youth Awards (PEYA) pro-
gram currently are available from the
DER Office of Public and Legislative
The PEYA program recognizes
youngsters in grades K-12 who demon-
strate involvement in an environmental-
ly oriented activity or demonstration
project. Some eligible projects include:
(activities) litter or river clean-ups,
adopt-a-wetland programs, (demonstra-
tions) science fair exhibits, scientific ex-
periments, or a series of talks in front
of groups. Projects must have been
started or completed in either 1986 or

Activities will be judged based on
the following criteria: accomplish-
ments, need for the activity, extent to
which the youngster designed and co-
ordinated the activity, obstacles over-
come, and the environmental appropri-
ateness of the project. Demonstrations
will be judged on clarity and effec-
tiveness of the presentation, extent to
which the youngster designed and co-
ordinated the project, relevance of the
activity, soundness of approach, uni-
queness of approach, and the environ-
mental appropriateness of the project.
Youngsters will be recognized at
both the local and regional level.
Regional awards will be given in two

divisions, junior (K-6) and senior
Interested youths must work with
a sponsoring adult to submit an appli-
cation form. Applications must be sub-
mitted to the Environmental Protection
Agency regional office in Atlanta by
August 31, 1987.
Adults who are interested in spon-
soring a PEYA program or who know
youths who are active in environmental
projects can obtain application forms
by calling (904) 488-9334 or writing
the Department of Environmental Regu-
lation, Office of Public and Legislative
Affairs, 2600 Blair Stone Road,
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400.

Lochloosa Lake considered for OFW designation

The proposed designation of several
Alachua County waters as "Outstanding
Florida Waters" will be discussedJuly 9
during a public workshop starting at
7 p.m. at the Alachua County Adminis-
tration Building.
Lochloosa Lake, Little Lochloosa
Lake, Lochloosa Lake Right Arm and
Lochloosa Creek are being considered
for designation as Outstanding Florida
Waters. All points of view on the
proposed designation are desired.

Information on the following will be of
particular interest to the DER and the
Environmental Regulation Commission:
1. Recreational and ecological sig-
nificance of Lochloosa Lake,
Little Lochloosa Lake, Lochloosa
Lake Right Arm and Lochloosa
2. Environmental, social and eco-
nomic benefits and costs of OFW

3 Planned or potential industrial,
agricultural or other types of de-
4 .Other private or governmental
programs that may have a rela-
tionship to OFW designation.

Contact Eric Shaw or Tom Swihart
in Tallahassee, (904) 487-1762, orJames
Higman in Gainesville, (904) 377-7528,
for further information.


June 1987
Bob Martinez

Vol. 1, No. 1

Dale Twachtmann

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