February 25, 2003
Ray Judah, Chairman
Members of the
’s draft position on the Regional Water Budget concept.
We are very encouraged that
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
The water budget
concept is also important because it recognizes
’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
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
We appreciate and
support the forward thinking and smart growth planning involved with this water
budget concept and hope that
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.
R. Bauer, J.D., Ph.D.
Mr. Roland Ottolini, Mr. Wayne Daltry