CHARLES B. LrrTLEJOHN & ASSOCIATES
ENVIRONMENTAL AND GOVaRNME NTAL
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Date: 10o (- ge
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Charles B. Littlejohn & Associates
3 10 W. College Avenue
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Tel: (904) 222-7535
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THE ISSUE OF THE FUTURE
The prime directive: The Florida Legislature should create a state regulatory and
water supply program designed to assure there is more than an adequate supply of water
for all users. The fact that Florida receives an annual rainfall of 55 inches should make
achievement of the prime directive feasible if we wisely use our surface and groundwater
Legislative strategies to accomplish the prime directive should include:
1. Establish policy by statute which assigns water management district governing
boards responsibility for water supply planning, development, and allocation as
primary mission. Retain governing board authority over flood control, works of
the district permitting, and consumptive use permitting.
2. Direct WMD governing boards to develop sources of water supply funded
through bonds issued based upon pledged revenues from local government and
utilities. Restrict boards to the wholesale allocation and/or delivery of water.
3. Relieve governing boards of the responsibility for issuing environmental
resource permits by authorizing water management district executive directors to
issue all permits under the delegated authority of DEP except consumptive use
permits under Part II of 373 and Works of the District permits under Part IV.
Maintain the activity based split between DEP and water management districts.
4. Transfer rule adoption responsibilities, except those under Part II of 373 Works
of the District under Part IV, from water management district governing boards to
a reconstituted and more balanced Environmental Regulation Commission.
Transfer corresponding permit appeal responsibilities to the Secretary of DEP.
5. Institute legislative oversight as required to insure orderly progress toward
meeting the water supply needs of Florida citizens, business, and the natural
6. Restructure water management district governing boards to reflect various
water user groups including industry, agriculture, representatives of environmental
interests, and representatives of the consuming public.
7. Establish a legal mechanism for a WMD to process and issue consumptive use
permit for a water supply development project of the district pursuant to district
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rules with final issuance of permit subject to approval by the Secretary of DEP.
8. Over time, direct revenues derived from the wholesale delivery of water toward
reducing reliance on groundwater as principal drinking water source through
conservation, water reuse, desalinization, and utilization of surface waters,
particularly flood waters and other high water sources.
9. Over time, transfer to the water management districts responsibility for state
lands (other than submerged lands), state parks, state forests, so that these lands
would be available for multiple purpose management including water resource
10. Over time, streamline the regulatory process by consolidating environmental
resource permitting within DEP and removing all regulatory authority from water
management districts except Part II and Part IV Works of the District permits.