Water, water everywhere nor a drop to drink - draft - September 26th, 1974


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Water, water everywhere nor a drop to drink - draft - September 26th, 1974

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Water, water everywhere nor a drop to drink - draft - September 26th, 1974
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Parker, Garald G. (Garald Gordon)
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Aquifers -- Hydrogeology -- Everglades (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Hydrology -- Florida -- Biscayne Aquifer (Fla.) ( lcsh )

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The title, from Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is an over-dramatization of a direful situation that we cannot allow to befall the citizens of Florida. Statewide we are not yet in the sad situation of the Ancient Mariner and his companions, nor we need ever to be if we but use our resources wisely and well, nonetheless, there are areas, such as Pinellas County, which has outgrown its peninsular supply and therefore, to avoid drinking salty water, has developed inadequate supplies inland. However, our water resources, which seem limitless to most laymen, definitely are finite and cannot continue to be developed haphazardly as has been the practice in the past. Even though they are renewable, they are renewable only within limits. Our problem is in determining what these limits are, how they vary from place to place and from time to time and how to manage the resources so as to prevent depletion, pollution, or salt-water encroachment. Carefully developed water budgets for our larger stream basins and ground-water basins will define the water crop that we develop from any or all the basins, and thus determine the people-carrying capacity of such areas. If we consumptively used the water crop we either must reduce wastes, and import, manufacture (desalinate), or re-use water again and again and thus augment and extend the natural water crop. But this will be achieved only at great expense, something the American people are not used to nor yet ready to pay. It would behoove us to learn well the magnitude of our natural water crop and the costs of its development, then manage our uses so as to live within its limitations. In any case, the cheap water in Florida is almost all developed already. Crea ting larg·e additional supplies will drive costs of water and sewerage treatment up beyond belief and may in the long run, act as a brake on the population explosion we are now experiencing.

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-} WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE NOR ANY DROP TO DRINK BY GARALD G. PARKER 1,/ September 26, 1974 ABSTRACT The title, from Coleridge's" ime of the Ancient Mariner" is an over-dramatization of a direful situation that we cannot allow to befall the citizens of Florida. Statewide we are not yet in the sad situation of the Ancient Mariner and his companions, nor we need ev~r to be if we but use our resources wisely and well, nonethe-less, there are areas, such as Pinellas County, which has qutgrown its peninsular supply and therefore, to avoid drinking salty water, has developed inadequate supplies inland. However, our water resources, which seem limitless to most laymen, definitely are finite and cannot continue to be developed haphazardly as has been the practice in the past. Even though they are renewable, they are renewable only within limits. Our -problem is in determining what these limits are, how they vary from place to place and from time to time and how to manage the resources so as to prevent depletion, pollution, or salt-water encroachment. Carefully developed water budgets for our larger stream basins and ground-water basins will define the water crop that we develop from any or all the basins, and thus determine the people-carrying capacity of-such areas. If we consumptively us the water crop we either s, and import, manufacture (desa inate), or re-~se water again and ag n , aacl thus augmen ~ nd exten t e natural water crop. But this will be achieved only at great expense, something the American people are not used to nor yet ready to pay. It would behoove us to learn well the magnitude of our _natural water crop and the costs of its development, then manage our uses so as to live within its limitations. In any case, the cheap water in Florida is almost all developed already. Creating large additional suppiies will drive costs of water and sewerage treatment up beyond belief and may in the long run, act as a brake on the population explosion we are now experiencing. 1/ Certified Professional Geologist. Chief Hydrologist and Senior Scientist, Southwest Florida Water Management District.

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+ AN ACT relating to water resource management; providing defi nitions; providing powers and duties of the department of natural resources; providing for a state water use plan; providing for a state water plan; creating a water resources development account; providing for the allocation of funds to water-management districts; creating five-water management districts ; directing the department to recommend the precise boundaries of such districts to the 1973 regular session of the legislature; providing for a governing board for each district; providing powers, duties and functions of the boards ; provid ing that the department may delegate additional authority to said boards; providing permitting and regulation enforcement and administrative review procedures; providing for judicial review; providing for the acquisition of real property for district purposes; providing for the preservation and orderly transfer of existing districts; providing procedures for imple mentation of a permitting system for consumptive uses of water; providing for the protection of existing uses; p~oviding for competing applications; providing for duration of permits; providing for modification, renewal and revocation of permits; providing for a plan for periods of water shortage; providing for emergency conditions; providing that the depart ment of natural resources . shall regulate construction of wells; providing for delegation of administration to political subdivi sions; providing for inspections by department; providing for licensing of water well contractors; providing exemptions ; providing fees ; providing penalties; providing for the regula tion of impoundment, management, storage or diversion of certain surface waters; requiring permits for construction of certain dams and other works; providing for periodic inspec tions; repealing 373.051, 378.071, 373.072, 373.081, 373.091, 373.101, 373.131, 373.141, 373.142, 878.143, 373.144, 873.161, 373.173, 373.174, 873.181, 878.182, 878.192, 373.231, 378.01, 878.02, 378.08, 378.05, 378.ij6, 378.07, 878;08, 378.09, 878.10 . , 878.11, 378.12, 378.13, 378.14, 878.15, 878.16 (8) 878.45, and 378.451, Florida Statutes; amending 373.201 and 378.18 (3), Florida Statutes; providing penalties; providing an appropriation; providing for liberal construction; providing for statutory revision and conformance of terminology; provid ing severability; providing an effective date. ( ')

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process for identifying and to some extent regulating land areas and developments_ of state ( lo,r regional impact. _ The law consists _Qf two components: 'Areas of Critical State l2;J; ,._ ~ n J and,._ D _ velo ments of Re ional Im act D.RJ.}, 4i'" Areas of Critical State Concern identifies areas that J because of unique natural resource value, fall under spe -cial developmental standards and guidelines ~evolved for , each area by e State Division of Plannin a roved by the Cabinet, an implemented by loc~l government, subject to state review. Determination of an Area of Critical State Concern is formulated by three criteria: A. An area containing, or having a significant impact on environmental, historical, natural or archaeological resources of regional or state importance; B. An area significantly affected by, or having a significant effect upon, an existing or proposed major public facility or other area of major public investment; C. A proposed area of major developmental poten -tial, which may include a proposed site of a new community, designated in the state land development plan. There are presently 76 areas nominated for designation as Are of Critical State Concern, including the Big , Cypress Watershed and the Florida Keys, ~(J"~ lb , l'l7ct) Z.~ee--, , --i!!5ic.-a-~,_4<-,e,'c,-.IIIC,. ;('~ ~~.a.,,....., ~ ~c,,,,.t'L,;,,# p,,..,~ .......... ,--:.c. c,.. ,:;2 ~ -The-law defines a Development of Regional Impact (ORI) as "any development which, because of its character, magnitude, or location, would have a substantial effect upon the health, safety, or welfare of citizens of more than one county." Guidelines and standards have been established by the Governor and Cabinet, and approved by the legislature for twelve types of DRl's: airports,attractions and recreation facilities, transmission lines, hospitals, industrial plants and parks, mining operations, office parks, petroleum storage facilities, port facilities, residential developments, schools and shopping centers.

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