AFCD supports the reasonable, beneficial use of water, which should be reflected in anyOn Top of the World’s Arbor Club Indoor Pool revisions to the State Water Resource Plan. Traditional water supply must be produced, allocated, and transported where necessary to meet the States' urban, agricultural and environmental needs. In areas where water resources are constrained, cost-effective alternative water supplies need to be identified and developed.

State Water Policy

Water supply is crucial to the future of Florida’s economy. From recreation and tourism to agriculture to the development of high quality communities and high technology jobs, water is fundamental and essential. The representatives of the people should establish state water policy. The goal is to ensure the availability of an adequate supply of water for all competing uses deemed reasonable and beneficial, while maintaining the functions of the natural systems.

Regional Collaboration

Florida needs to promote collaborative, regional water supply solutions. Use financial incentives and longer term water use permits when water users partner with each other instead of suing each other over limited water sources. Incentivize large Florida landowners to contribute land for dispersed surface water storage projects (i.e. water farming) that provide water resource benefits and alternative water supplies. Florida needs to depart from his history of “water wars” amongst competing users in areas where water resources are constrained. Water management districts must put more resources and commitment into this effort to expand the useable supply of water.

Land Use and Water Planning

There is a strong relationship between land use and water resource quality and availability. Land use and water resource planning can be best addressed in a long-range manner through the comprehensive planning process focused toward encouraging balanced use of water resources to meet the local, regional, and State goals for Florida's water resource needs. It is essential that we guarantee water for our residents.