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  • SWFMD Reseveration Request letter 082202
    concerns stems from the fact the Caloosahatchee River is not considered an existing legal user of water resources when it comes to the process of allocating water resources It appears likely that the River which is a tremendously important resource in Southwest Florida will need extraordinary consideration in order to be guaranteed a flow regime which will support the ecological and economic needs of this region To that end we respectfully request that the South Florida Water Management District establish a statutory reservation for the Caloosahatchee River and its estuary It is our understanding that the District has initiated work on the rule making process for such a reservation We would like to be involved in this process and we would like to be included in the efforts to determine how much water should be reserved We would appreciate your support of this initiative and we look forward to hearing from you regarding progress on this important endeavor Sincerely Noel Andress Chairman The mission of the Southwest Florida Watershed Council is to protect conserve manage and or restore the land and water resources of the Caloosahatchee and Big Cypress Watersheds through participation and cooperation of all stakeholders in consensus building

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/SFWMD%20ReservationRequestLetter.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • DEP WRI letter 081902
    474 The provisions set out in this new amendment will potentially make it legally possible to prioritize through reservation water flows and levels that sustain our water heritage in southwest Florida Unfortunately the Minimum Flow Rule adopted in September 2001 for the Caloosahatchee River is inadequate to protect and sustain the fish and wildlife resources and the economic base of the region dependent on it Minimum flow exceedences have occurred twice since the rule was adopted for the Caloosahatchee and inadequate dry season flows have damaged the estuary for many years It is also unfortunate that neither the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan nor the Southwest Florida Feasibility Study have identified a solution to this problem other than structural storage proposals that are not planned for many years into the future yet the issuance of Consumptive Use Permits within the Caloosahatchee Basin continue despite this uncertainty Hence our interest and support of the reservations language in 62 40 474 Thank you and please inform us of the final wording for the WRI Rule Sincerely Noel Andress Chairman The mission of the Southwest Florida Watershed Council is to protect conserve manage and or restore the land and water resources of the Caloosahatchee

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/dep_wri_letter_081902.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • provide the system standing as the Everglades Restoration starts allocating water to existing users as the first priority Although we don t understand how Nature isn t considered an existing user of a natural resource we are willing to put in place the necessary legal recognition that this largest component of our economic base needs We are also seeking a public agency that would hold the permit for the River

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/SFWMD%20CR%20Permit%20Letter%20DRAFT%20062702.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Mr
    Council have reviewed Lee County s draft position on the Regional Water Budget concept We are very encouraged that Lee County has developed this position statement Implementation of a water budget that integrates the many demands for water in our area into a comprehensive management plan will enable policy makers and resource managers to better coordinate and collaborate on regulatory management and water supply issues The water budget concept is also important because it recognizes Lee County s role in a regional allocation system where it is becoming increasingly obvious that competition for available water will increase in the future Furthermore we feel that quantifying water needs and uses will enable Lee County to be much more effective in developing a Smart Growth strategy where water will play a crucial role in defining a vision for our community in the years ahead We appreciate and support the forward thinking and smart growth planning involved with this water budget concept and hope that Lee County will implement a water budget in the near future If we can be of any assistance on any matter dealing with water resources in the Caloosahatchee or Big Cypress Watersheds please let us know Sincerely Michael

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/LeeBOCCWaterBudgetConceptLetter022503.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Water Budget
    Standard Expenses There is one standard expense evapotranspiration This is the humidity The evaporation rate is an expense that can be tinkered with by creating more space to hold water so it can evaporate or remove it too fast to evaporate or quickly store it For a rough number though an expense of 80 is presumed Taking away evaporation applied at a constant rate and the water available is 145692518400 gallons or 399mgd or 614 cfs This expense plus transfers in sustains our terrestrial ecology 5 Transfers Out There are three types of transfers out They are drainage water piped out and aquifer flow out Drainage is a normal condition and it occurs naturally when the storage see savings account cashbox is full Drainage goes to other counties or into the saltwater system which makes it a transfer into estuarine ecological productivity However variations in volume damage estuarine productivity Water piped out is not occurring to any great extent but does happen in many Florida Counties Aquifer flow out is either a continuation of flow of an aquifer that underlays the county or one that originates in the county but continues on 6 Enterprise Expenditures This is the forced dehydration of our water storage areas see savings account cashbox Whether called drainage or flood control this removal of water involving human expense eliminates some portion of the water available from Lee County sources When Enterprise Expenditures and Transfers Out exceed the water left cashbox after standard expenses then problems occur for man s living allowance 7 Cash Box The cash box is the water transitioning from income to expense a surface water pond or reservoir the water table aquifer a k a groundwater or a river or stream We use it and affect the nature of the transition but it

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/water_budget.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Ms
    to all users within the sixteen county jurisdiction of the South Florida Water Management District As we stated to you in our letter of December 12 2002 we believe that all water users should be included in the water conservation program with exceptions only for those entities engaged in best management practices and or having a regulated allocated supply of the water resource In addition we urge you to refrain from viewing the water restrictions as a program which will enable the District to issue more water use permits the water saved through conservation measures should be dedicated to natural systems This approach will not only benefit the aquifer supplying the coastal counties of Southwest Florida it will also serve to protect the water supply from wherever it may be drawn within the District We also again urge you to recognize the need for public education to stimulate voluntary compliance with use restrictions for water conservation Education coupled with necessary enforcement will effect a successful program In this context we are alarmed that most of the South Florida Water Management District is being excluded from this conservation effort We thank your for your leadership in this effort and we look

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/SFWMD_WC_Letter_012303.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • SWFMDwaterrestrtions121202
    stated goal 1 All users within the sixteen county jurisdiction of the South Florida Water Management District should be included in the water conservation program with exceptions only for those entities engaged in best management practices and or having a regulated allocated supply of the water resource Through restrictions of use this approach will not only benefit the aquifer supplying the coastal counties as targeted in this program but also the water supply from wherever drawn 2 Recognize the need for public education to stimulate voluntary compliance with use restrictions fro water conservation Education coupled with necessary enforcement will effect a successful program In this context we are alarmed that most of the South Florida Water Management District s area was excluded from this conservation effort and particularly dismayed that Hendry and Glades counties were not included in the list of counties in the information published about this plan We suggest that if your intent is to expand water use restrictions to the entire area of the South Florida Water Management District from a beginning in Southwest Florida do not dilute the effect by either seeming to privilege Hendry and Glades counties from what will become a necessary burden for

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/SFWMDwaterrestrictions121202.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Ms
    Water Improvement Management program The waters of the Charlotte Harbor area are some of the most significant waters in this region and their protection is important to all the citizens of Southwest Florida Development and implementation of a SWIM management plan will help to ensure that Charlotte Harbor s natural resources are safeguarded so that future generations can enjoy the economic social and aesthetic values that these waters provide We

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/SFWMDSWIMThankYouLetter022503.htm (2016-05-02)
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