WATER MANAGEMENT BULLETIN, Volume 5, Number 3, December-January 1971/72
WATER MANAGEMENT BULLETIN
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Governor Reubin Askew has thanked the more than 150 experts from the fields of science, government, agriculture, and conservation for their contributions to his Governor’s Conference on the Everglades held in Miami Beach in September.
The full report, printed as a public service for Water Management Bulletin readers, appears on pages four, five, and six of this issue. It was thought that while most people have read exerpts from the report, many might like to have a copy of the full report for their files.
Governor Askew stated:
"I want to take this opportunity to thank all the dedicated Floridians who contributed so much to Florida by their attendance at this water conference. mostly at their own time and expense."
"It has been estimated that the State of Florida received more than a million dollars worth of free talent at this conference. I especially want to thank Professor John DeGrove of Florida Atlantic University and Professor Arthur Marshall of the University of Miami, as well as the group chairmen and recorders for their immense help in making the conference, probably the first of its kind in Florida, such a success."
A listing of persons participating in the conference appears on Page 7 of this issue.
MOBILE LABORATORY - This new mobile lab went into operation this month under the supervision and operation of Jan Browning, environmental engineer; and Ken Foote, engineering aide. Both men work for the Hydrology Section of the FCD Engineering Department. Eventually the section hopes to compile a bank of water quality data on every canal in the District. This lab will have the capability of testing such items as dissolved oxygen levels, temperature, conductivity, chlorides and many other tests. They have a contract with a commercial lab where the water samples can be taken for more extensive tests. When the lab is not actually located at a canal site making direct observations it will be parked in the District's parking lot and used in the same manner as a stationary lab in the building. As the District becomes more and more concerned about water quality, as well as water quantity, this new feature is expended to produce excellent results in their constant fight against pollution.
Garrett Sloan, Director of the Department of Water and Sewers for the City of Miami, has endorsed the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District and Corps of Engineers plan to backpump coastal canals.
Sloan's speech was presented at a technical session held under the auspices of the 22nd annual joint conference of the American Water Works Association and the Water Pollution Control Federation held recently in Miami Beach.
Sloan pointed out that the Flood Control District plan would not only satisfy local water needs but would also supply the Everglades National Park with sufficient water. The plan calls for installing large pumping stations at the eastern edge of the conservation areas. During dry periods these pumping stations would take water from the coastal canals back into the Conservation Areas. Sloan noted that "the great water losses to the sea, now experienced, would greatly be reduced and water of good quality could be retained foi storage."
In addition, the plan calls for "raising the levees of dikes around Lake Okeechobee so that an additional four feet of water could be stored with no additional evaporation losses," Sloan said. Sloan also noted that this plan "is the only existing well defined plan for meeting Southeastern Florida’ s growing water requirements."
The speaker noted that for the first time in history, the 1970-71 drought forced Miami to draw directly upon Lake Okeechobee for its water. He stated that Miami has traditionally obtained water from wells drilled into the Biscyane Aquifer, a sponge-like limestone formation. It is usually recharged by rainfall, or if rainfall is insufficient, it obtains water by seepage from the FCD's conservation areas or canals.
But during April and May, water table levels in the aquifer had dropped to elevation 1.0 feet, [1 1/2] feet below the required level to salt water out of Miami's well fields. Water was released from Conservation Areas into canals that supply the fields to alleviate the situation.
Sloan noted that "when this resource was exhausted, water was brought in from Lake Okeechobee for over 20 days. If the June rains had not arrived, there was less than two months of supply from Lake Okeechobee storage remaining.
A model municipal ordinance restricting use of water by individuals, business and industry, and municipalities during "emergency situations" has been sent to all municipalities in the 18-county Flood Control District.
The ordinance, approved by the FCD Governing Board at a recent meeting, defines "emergency situation" as that which shall be "determined by the FCD due to prolonged drought conditions resulting in the serious shortage of fresh water supply" in any area or city in the District.
Its application would apply to all persons using water both in and outside a city, regardless of whether the water used is by contract with the municipality or taken from the city water supply system.
Restrictions listed under the ordinance include, in part: sprinkling, watering or irrigating lawns, shrubs, gardens or vegetables, washing of automobiles, trucks, campers, boats, railroad cars, or any other type of mobile equipment, except by bona fide business enterprise where vehicle washing is done.
The ordinance also covers exterior surface washing of sidewalks, houses, mobile homes, office buildings; operation of any ornamental fountain or other structure using water without a recirculat [[ wading pools not equipped with a recirculating system.]]
It would crack down on wasteage of water because of faulty plumbing which is known to be out of repair.
Penalties imposed for infractions of the ordinance include a fine not to exceed $500, or imprisonment for not more than 60 days. In addition the city commission or director of utilities would be given the power to suspend water service from any property when the provisions of the ordinance have been violated.
Keep YOUR Waterways Clean
Fish populations decimated by record drought conditions in Conservation Area 3 in the Everglades are recovering very slowly, but native vegetation is snapping back satisfactorily, biologists with the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District (FCD) reported today.
These were the conclusions reached by three FCD specialists in the fields of aquatic and fisheries biology and botany after a three-day biological investigation in Area 3 recently.
It was the second in a series of post-drought studies being conducted in the Flood Control District's Conservation Areas, where water - levels have been rising slowly.
In the initial post-drought investigation in Conservation Area 2 three weeks ago, FCD biologists discovered an "amazing" survival rate for largemouth bass and a variety of other species.
"But it was a different story in the interior of Area 3. We found juvenile shellcracker and warmouth perch, but we didn't turn up any bass," said Walter Dineen, Chief Biologist of the FCD's Environmental Division.
"But the plant communities are responding beautifully," Dineen reported, adding, "We found Area 3 rich and alive. Everything was lush and green." Dineen's two post-drought probes into the Everglades are proving his long-held contention that the ecology of the region is "tough," and not as "delicately balanced" as some ecologists have claimed. Dineen has spent nine years studying the aquatic Everglades community.
Even though the chief biologist often comments on the ruggedness of the Everglades ecology, he admits he was surprised over the survival of fish in Area 2 and was impressed with the speedy comeback of the flora in Area 3.
Dineen indicated he was disappointed over the survival rate of fish in Area 3, but he pointed out there are a great number of big brood female bass that survived in the deep canals in Area 3. These females will replenish the conservation area.
“There will be a tremendous spawn in Area 3 this winter. There will be a high survival rate for the young bass because they will have a rather uncompetitive situation. They'll have 100,000 acres to live and grow in," Dineen said, adding that small forage fish and other food will be plentiful.
The biologist commented that the present poor condition of the fishery in Area 3 was not unexpected because that region of the Everglades was "drier a lot longer" than Conservation Area 2.
Despite the post-drought interruption in the sports fishery, there is one way in which anglers will benefit from the prolonged drawdown, Dineen said.
He explained that underwater vegetation clogging the sloughs frequented by anglers in Area 3 was killed or retarded, creating more open fishing areas for anglers.
"The sloughs will be easier to fish this winter", the biologist predicted.
The investigations being conducted in Areas 2 and 3 are producing the first reported documentary evidence of the effects of the severe and prolonged drought on the flora and fauna of the Everglades. The studies will be continued by the FCD staff of biologists.
The Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District (FCD) Governing Board has moved to abolish all illegal private permanent camps on public owned lands in the vast Everglades water conservation areas.
The action came after Don Morgan, Director of the FCD's Department of Planning and Resource Use, told the Board a team of employees sent into Conservation Area 2 on Thursday had discovered one new camp under construction and extensive additions being added to two others.
Although some camps are built on private land, most were built on public lands under permits obtained from the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
FCD Attorney Robert Grafton told the Governing Board that State Attorney General Robert Shevin has "ruled the Game Commission doesn't have the authority to issue permits for camps on state lands."
A five-man team of ecologists has issued a report that such camps in the Everglades are generally harmful to wildlife.
FCD Governing Board Chairman Robert W. Padrick, with full Board support, ordered the staff to immediately ascertain the exact locations of the camps and check with Broward County officials to see whether building and health department permits had been sought.
"We must bring this to the attention of the Attorney General at once," Padrick said. "He has stated publicly that if these camps are on state land, they are trespassers and will be removed."
Padrick said the FCD "has ample basis to proceed in view of the fact that one of the prime recommendations issued at the recent Governor's Conference on Water Resources in South Florida was that all non-public facilities in the Conservation Areas should be removed."
There is a water crisis in South Florida today. This crisis has long-range and short-range aspects. Every major water area in the South Florida basin, Everglades National Park, the conservation areas, Lake Okcechobce and the Kissimmee Valley is steadily deteriorating in quality from a variety of polluting sources that are detailed below. The quantity of water, though potentially adequate for today's demand, cannot now be managed effectively over wet/dry cycles to assure a minimum adequate water supply in extended drought periods.
To initiate an action program to solve problems in the area of water quantity, a careful assessment must be made of water demands linked to projected growth. For an adequate long-range water supply, the State must have an enforceable comprehensive land and water use plan. This plan must be developed immediately. It must be designed to limit increases in population and machines, with their attendant demands on the water supply, to a level that will insure a quality environment. Such a management plan would include, as its first objective, a complete inventory and assessment of long-range water resources. The controlling factor in this water resource assessment should be the water supply that can be anticipated in times of shortest supply. A result of this planning effort would be a water budget system based on available resources. This system would serve as a limitation on allowable population increases.
Water quality is a far graver problem in the long run than is water quantity. The quality of the water in the South Florida water basin is deteriorating. This deterioration stems from the introduction into the basin of pesticides, herbicides, animal and industrial wastes, heavy metals, salt water, sewage and heated waters. Channelization has contributed substantially to the process of deterioration. Water quality in the basin may be restored and maintained by:
Zoning or acquiring the flood plains in the basin.
Reflooding the Kissimmee marshes.
Initiating a comprehensive treatment program to treat pollutants at the source before they enter the water system. (This would necessitate initiation of treatment procedures in agricultural areas and up-grading existing procedures in urban areas.)
Phasing out back pumping into Lake Okeechobee or requiring effective treatment at the source before back pumping.
Research and funding which should begin immediately to study what to do about recycling water and sewage effluents and solid waste disposal.
There should be no further draining of wetlands
(A minority position held that limited drainage of wetlands to serve a clear public interest, under strict controls, may be justified.)
There is a limit to the number of people which the South Florida basin can support and at the same time maintain a quality environment. The State and appropriate regional agencies must develop a comprehensive land and water use plan with enforcement machinery to limit population. This is especially crucial in the South Florida region. The population level must be one that can be supported by the available natural resources, especially water, in order to sustain a quality environment. A State comprehensive land and water use plan would include an assessment of the quality and quantity of these resources. Moreover, it would set density controls on further development by regions and sub-regions.
Localized ground water problems are common in South Florida, but they are especially severe in South Dade County and in portions of Collier and Lee Counties. Ground water contaminations and depletion problems include salt water intrusion, uncontrolled drilling of wells, drainage well pollution, inefficient waste water disposal systems, septic tanks and sanitary land fill. Solutions to ground water problems include:
A State Drilling Code requiring licensing of all wells and well drillers.
Purchase or zoning of lands to protect recharge areas.
Plugging of abandoned artesian wells.
Installation of secondary controls in major canals to hold higher heads of water.
Construction of additional salt water intrusion control facilities, except on natural rivers, according to a salinity control line established along the entire South Florida coast.
Elimination of the disposal of improperly treated waste waters.
Consideration of all artificial recharge methods which do not impair the quality of the ground water.
Consideration, after study, of filling in certain canals in the South Dade County area to improve ground water quality.
Prohibition of deep cuts made into the aquifer at the salt water line which cannot be adequately controlled by salinity barriers to prevent salt water intrusion.
Water quality, quantity and development controls described elsewhere in this report will also improve ground water conditions in the basin.
The South Florida water resources can only be understood by considering the entire area. The area begins with the Kissimmee Valley chain of lakes in the north, extends southward through Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades (including the Big Cypress) and encompasses all coastal and estuarine areas. Any significant change in water quality or quantity in one part of the total area must be considered in light of its effects on the rest of the system.
Pollutants entering the Kissimmee Valley have cumulative adverse effects on water quality in the Kissimmee chain of lakes water entering Lake Okeechobee. The Kissimmee lakes and marshes should be restored to their historic conditions and levels to the greatest extent possible in order to improve the quality of the water entering Lake Okeechobee. Action should be taken to restore fish resources and wildlife habitats. Contamination by pastured livestock must be reduced. Techniques should be investigated to increase restoration of selective areas to their natural condition by use of advance waste disposal and composting materials.
Recognizing that Lake Okeechobee is the hub of water quantity and quality in South Florida, the most important and overriding consideration should be not only to maintain the present quality of the lake but also to improve it. Specific consideration should be given to assure that all water inputs into Lake Okeechobee are of high quality. Two primary inputs which could improve the quality of water are (1) reflooding of the Kissimmee Valley flood plain and (2) assuring that only high quality water is back pumped into the lake. We should consider the following ways, in addition, to assure high quality lake water:
An appropriate monitoring and enforcement program.
Allowing a maximum high water level mark of seventeen and one-half feet. Higher controlled elevations will not be considered unless it can be clearly shown that such elevation would have no adverse effect on the environment of Lake Okeechobee, its water quality or the ecosystem of South Florida.
Allowing no cattle or agricultural activities inside the diked area of the lake and immediate cancellation of all agricultural and mineral leases inside the diked area.
Ways should be sought to replace chemical control of aquatic weeds with alternate methods which are not harmful to the Lake Okeechobee ecosystem.
Nutrient removal by periodic commercial harvesting of the lake's extensive fish population.
Nutrient removal by harvesting of aquatic weeds.
Everything possible should be done to retain and enhance those areas in their natural condition. There is a need for continuous monitoring and control of these water resources since they provide the supplies to total South Florida area, including urban areas. A specific objective should be to maintain and restore the sawgrass. Present intrusion of non-public interests should be removed from Conservation Areas 1, 2, and 3 and all privately owned lands in said areas be purchased. It is important that the Big Cypress area be purchased to the greatest extent possible and that land use controls be established immediately in the Big Cypress to control development and to preserve this area for the public benefit. Other potentially valuable areas that need protection are the Shark River Slough, its head water areas and the general area near Canal C-111.
We should attempt to maintain the water quality and quantity of the Park adequate for the purpose for which the Park was created. Where it is deemed advisable, exotic plants and animals should be controlled in the Park and throughout the Everglades area.
An inter-agency committee should be established immediately to consider short term water management problems. The purpose of this committee shall be to develop an ecologically sound body of guidelines and policy to be followed in the resolution of short term problems of the region. There should be an educational program to alert the public to the possibilities and consequences of water shortage.
Through programmed burning maintain an approximation of the original fire regime of the area. There should be controlled burning to protect the natural plant and animal systems and to prevent an undesirable build-up of plant materials. Man should be excluded from critical areas in times of drought. Fire laws should be strictly enforced.
To prevent the intrusion of salt water within the coastal areas, the fresh water head should be maintained as high as feasible. When a water shortage is anticipated, restriction of water use will be necessary in order to maintain this head of fresh water during the drought. Temporary dams should be built on canals, when necessary, with an established emergency system of permitting to allow construction of such dams. During droughts, navigation service should be restricted in order to reduce loss of fresh water. Canals should not be constructed which would allow salt water intrusion inland of the salt water line. Appropriate local laws should be established and enforced.
Since there is competition for water by agriculture, urban areas, conservation areas, estuaries and the Everglades National Park it is recommended that the total water supply be considered a common resource. Survival of the entire South Florida ecosystem, without sacrificing any segment, should be the prime consideration. Maintaining the head of fresh water should be given first priority. The inter-agency committee should propose priorities in its over-all plan.
A model water use priority ordinance should be developed for use by all affected areas, establishing a series of consumptive controls based on the degree of water shortage.
Cloud seeding is not considered a short term solution. There was a division of opinions on the desirability of cloud seeding primarily due to a lack of knowledge, especially as to the possible adverse environmental effects. An opinion is that cloud seeding may be more effective in producing a water supply during the wet season to mitigate low water supplies during the dry season. However, further research is recommended.
The inter-agency committee should develop and maintain close coordination between the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District, the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, the U. S. Department of the Interior and where appropriate, the Florida Department of Natural Resources. The purpose should be to establish water levels in Lake Okeechobee and the Conservation Areas as well as to establish flexible regulation and delivery schedules for all water needs in South Florida.
Water management should be coordinated at the federal, state and regional levels, with the leadership role clearly being taken by the State of Florida. At the state level there must be an agency or board that has all power necessary to develop and ensure implementation of a comprehensive land and water use plan for the State. The agency or board, whichever it may be, should report to the Governor.
A regional board for South Florida shall be established. The regional board shall be composed of nine (9) members appointed by the Governor. Three year staggered terms shall be used. The board shall represent the diverse interests in the region. It should hold periodic public hearings in its region for the purpose of receiving input from the public. It shall develop and implement a regional comprehensive land and water use plan in accordance with the State plan. The development of this regional plan should commence at once with the proper funding and legislative authority, even in the absence of an adequate statewide plan. In the development of these long range plans, procedures should be adopted which allow and encourage full public participation and input.
The geographical boundary of the South Florida regional land and water management agency shall be the Kissimmee River Basin, the Okeechobee Basin, the Everglades and the Big Cypress Watershed, including all adjacent coastal and extuarine areas. The regional land and water management agency shall be responsible for managing water quality and quantity for the long term benefit of the environment of the region and the State. The agency shall be responsible for establishing policy and guidelines for such activities as drainage, water use, well drilling, land use, estuary protection, watershed management, flood control and soil conservation.
The regional agency shall have all powers necessary to develop and implement the regional land and water use plan including, but not limited to, taxing powers, eminent domain, police powers such as intervention to protect the environment, permits for drainage districts and canals, subpoena and investigative powers and research properly coordinated with other agencies. A law providing for public condemnation of lands for environmental protection is essential to the implementation of the objectives herein presented.
The regional agency shall be required by the State to relate to and coordinate with duly constituted State and regional organizations operating in other functional areas.
Finally, the conference recognizes that present funding for environmental protection must be greatly enlarged to accomplish the common goal of protecting the economic and environmental values of this State.
The citizens who have participated in this Governor's Conference on Water Management in South Florida in plenary session assembled acknowledge and applaud the foresight and courage demonstrated by Governor Reubin O'D. Askew in convening this meeting and offer their continuing support in accomplishing the objectives set forth in this statement.
Approved in Plenary Session September 24, 1971
Some 150 experts from the fields of science, government, agriculture, and conservation participated in the Governor's Conference on Water Management in South Florida. The panels were headed up by Professor John DeGrove of Florida Atlantic University and Professor Arthur Marshall of the University of Miami. Names of members on the panel follow:
Group 1 - Hal Scott, Audubon Society, Chairman, and Donald 0. Morgan, FCD, Recorder. Panelists included: Dr. Harry A. Allison, University of Florida; B. 0. Beck, Osceola County Commission; Mrs. J. W. Bernhard, Tequesta; Richard Bogosian, Indian River County Commission; Richard Brusulas, Miami; T. J. Buchanan, U.S.G.S; Thomas E. Furman, University of Florida; Joel Gustafson, State Representative, 87th District; Fred W. John, Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce; Thamas A. Kimball, President National Wildlife Federation; Henry Kittleson, Lakeland; Richard Klukas, Everglades National Park; Harry H. Kuck, Jr., South Everglades Planning Council; Ross McCluney, University of Miami; John McCue, Dade County Public Works; Dr. Howard Odum, University of Florida; William Robertson, Everglades National Park; Dick Robinson, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife; Dr. Robert Simpson, N.O.A.A.; Angelo Tabita, Corps of Engineers; Dr. Kenneth Tefertiller, University of Florida; John W. Wakefield, U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare; George V. Warren; Palm Beach County Commission; and William Zinkil, Sr., State Representative 85th District.
Group 2 - Dr. Robert Homas, Florida Atlantic University, Chairman and Dr. Manley Boss, Florida Atlantic University, Recorder. Panelists included: Durward Boggess, U.S.G.S.; Joe Brown, Everglades National Park; Dr. George Cornwell, University of Florida; Gratton W. George, Hendry County Commission; Dr. John Gerber, University of Florida; Robert Gibbs, South Florida Environmental Project; Robert Grafton, FCD; E. E. Green, St. Lucie County Commission; Theodore Haeussner, Corps of Engineers; C. Knecht, U. S. Sugar Corporation; Philip Lewis, State Senator, 33rd District; Bill Lund, Jupiter; Frank Nix, Everglades National Park; Gerald Parker, South West Florida Water Management District; Ted Randall, State Representative, 112th District; J. W. Stevens, Broward County Commission; Dr.Kerry Steward, U.S.D.A.; Robert B. Steylter, Dade County Water Sewer Authority; Mrs. Joyce Tarnow, Coral Gables; and Dr. William Woodley, W.O.A.A.
Group 3 - Dr. Carl McKenry, University of Florida, Chairman; and Colonel J. W. Sollohub, State Department of Natural Resources, Recorder. Panelists included: Lothian Ager, Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission; Dr. Taylor Alexander, University of Florida; John Bethea, Director Division of Forestry; Mrs. Jean Booker, Fort Lauderdale; Stephen P. Clark, Mayor Dade County; George Cooper, Princeton; Mrs. Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, Miami; Dr. Charles Eno, University of Florida; W. E. "Bill" Fulford, State Representative, 40th District; George Gardner, U. S. Department of the Interior; James H. Hartwell, University of Miami; K. K. Huffstultler, E.P.A.; Ray Knopke, State Senator, 23rd District; Dr. Charles M. Loveless, Denver Wildlife Research Center; Art Marshall, University of Miami; William G. Meyers, Martin County Commission; Martin Northrup, Florida Audubon Society; Dennis O’ Connor, University of Miami; Vincent Patton, Air and Water Pollution Control Board; John Pennekamp, Miami.Herald; Ralph Poe, Orange County Commission; A. W. Sarrinen, consulting engineer; William Schneider, U.S.G.S.; Bruce Scott, Lee County Commission; Garrett Sloan, Dade County Water-Sewer Authority; and William V. Starch, FCD.
Group 4 -Dr. Lloyd B. Stover, Florida International University, Chairman; and Bill Partington, Environmental Information Center, Recorder. Panelists included: Mrs. Jean Bellamy, Miami Chamber of Commerce; Dr. J. I. Garcia Bengochea, consulting engineer; Joe Carrol, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife; Dr. Frank C. Craighead, South Florida Environmental Project; Don Crane, State Representative, 52nd District; J. Walter Dineen, FCD; Robert Graham, State Senator, 48th District; Aaron Higer, U.S.G.S.; Mrs. Virginia Hine, Miami; Dr. Wayne C. Huber, University of Florida; M. J. Kolpinski, U.S.G.S.; Stanley D. Leach, U.S.G.S.; Larry Lukin, Palm Beach County Environmental Director; Riley S. Miles, Water Users Association; Dr. William Morgan, University of Florida; Dr. Oscar T. Owre, Audubon Society; Richard Pettigrew, Speaker of the House of Representatives; H. H. Raulerson, Okeechobee County Commission; James F. Redford, Miami; Larry Shanks, U. S. Department of the Interior; Cecil P. Skipper, Highlands County Commission; Dr. Sam Snedecor, University of Florida; William R. Vines, Naples; Lorenzo Walker, State Representative, 113th District; James 0. Woodward, Glades County Commission.
Group 5 - Jack Shreve, State Representative, 75th District, Chairman; and Joel Kupperberg, Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund, Recorder. Panelists included: Peter Baljet, Dade County Health Department; William Bevis, Commissioner Florida Public Service Commission; David Blumbert, Miami Chamber of Commerce; Joe Burgess, House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources; Aldine Combee, Polk County Commission; Clyde Conover, U.S.G.S.; Hugh M. Evans, Brevard County Commission; Harry Harris, Monroe County Commission; Dr. Robert C. Harris, Florida State University; E. T. Heinen, Environmental Protective Agency; John C. Jones, Florida Wildlife Federation; Walter Kautz, Florida Farm Bureau; Dr. Ariel Lugo, University of Florida; John R. Maloy, FCD; John Opel, Palm Beach Post-Times; George Patten, Legislative Aide to U. S. Senator Lawton Chiles; Earl Rich, Highland County Commission; Lyman Rogers, Conservation 7O's; Dr. Ernest T. Smerdon, University of Floirda; Guy Spicola, State Representative, 75th District; Dr. Durbin C. Tabb, University of Miami; Richard Tillis, Department of Education, Tallahassee; Reggie Walters, Director of Planning for Dade County; Lester Whitaker, Sr., Collier County Commission.
The FCD Governing Board received at its November meeting, two comprehensive reports on water conditions in central and south Florida, both of which indicated that water storage levels are far below desired schedules.A report by Zeb Grant, FCD Director of Field Services, painted a dismal picture for central Florida.
"We are going into this dry season in worse condition than we were at this time last year when we faced a drought of major proportions," Grant said.
"All gages in the Upper Kissimmee Basin are just at or below the levels recorded at this time last year - most of them are very deficient; and the lakes in the Kissimmee Basin are, on the average, more than two feet below schedule and the ground water tables are exceedingly low," he revealed.
In a report on water conditions from Lake Okeechobee south, FCD Chief Engineer, W. V. Storch said that although water stored in Lake Okeechobee and the three Everglades water conservation areas is slightly above levels at this time last year, they are far deficient of optimum levels for this time of year.
His report reveals that rainfall in the Lake Okeechobee area is deficient 49.7 percent compared to the long-term average, the north Everglades off 42 percent; central Everglades down nearly 55 percent and the southern Everglades nearly 69 percent.
"Ground water levels are very close to or below last year," he stated.
He informed the Governing Board that, as it had requested, a meeting has been arranged with Dade, Broward and south Palm Beach County officials to discuss possible trouble spots in the event of deficient winter and spring rainfall.
OKEE-TANTIE REOPENED - A greatly enlarged and improved Okee-Tantie Recreation Area has been opened by the Recreation Section of the Flood Control District. Roads and 75 parking spurs have been paved, ample parking has been provided for the boat ramps, 100 cabbage palms along with Acacia, Euclypatus, Mimosa, Red Maple, Sycamore, grapefruit and camphor trees have been planted. The area has been graded and grass planted. The comissary is ready to provide food, beverages, fuel, etc.
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