Title: Water Policy Update -- SEBC 1996
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Title: Water Policy Update -- SEBC 1996
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Water Policy Update -- SEBC 1996 (JDV Box 90)
General Note: Box 24, Folder 1 ( Governmental Rules, Regulations, Legislation and Administrative Laws - 1996 ), Item 25
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00004571
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Holding Location: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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The issue that FHBA faced this past year including this past
session was distribution of water supply -- how can water in
Florida be allocated so that both an adequate and affordable supply
is maintained for all users? stated differently, how will the
supply of water be distributed so as to allow (by not depleting the
resource) continued growth along the coasts without affecting
growth in the inland areas, and accommodating the needs of
residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial and others?

This past session, the W.M.D.s proposed a "regulatory,"
"scaracity," "no-growth" approach to solving the water supply
problem instead of focusing on producing enough water to address
all needs. New "planning" mandates were proposed without funding

This was counter to FHBA policies and FHBA successfully
opposed any new planning mandates without funding. FHBA argued
successfully that we were deceived once in the mid-1B80s when we
were promised infrastructure funding in exchange for growth
management but all we ended up with was new planning mandates with
no funding.

On the other hand, this past session FHBA and the development
community supported a recurring dedicated source of funds being
made available to local governments in the form of up to .25 of
existing W.M.D. village for alternative water supply infrastructure
development. Yet, the W.M.D.s, while supporting "new" planning
mandates opposed allocating any funds for water supply development,
even from existing sources. The end-of-session result: no bill
passed which significantly addressed the water supply issue from a
statewide perspective. The bulk of the water management district
study commission recommendations, which got caught up in water
planning issues, also did not pass.

The only water-related legislation which passed during the
1996 legislative was CS/CS/HB 2385/2399 dealing with the
Hillsborough, Pasco & Pinellas problems. That bill dealt with
minimum flows and levels affecting those counties but significantly
provided for independent scientific peer review regarding the
establishment of MF&L where they're considered by any W.M.D. and
also significantly provided the Governor's Office with line-item
veto authority over all five W.M.D. budgets.

It is still too early to tell where the Governor's Office will
fall-out on the water supply issue for the 1997 legislative
session. If the Governor's Office does not push a water agenda, it
is not likely that there will be a bill. On the other hand, FHBA
will continue to take the approach that it cannot support any new
planning requirements or new powers given to the W.M.D.s without
new funding for water supply alternatives. In fact, we'll need to
continue reigning in W.M.D. authority.

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