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Performance Review of the Consumptive Use Permitting Program Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Water Management Districts , Report No. 94-34, February 1995

  • We reviewed the Consumptive Use Permitting (CUP) Program to determine if the Department of Environmental Protection and the five Water Management Districts (WMDs) have effectively implemented the Program.
  • Adverse impacts have occurred to natural systems and water resources. Water withdrawals permitted through the CUP Program have been a significant factor in creating adverse impacts to ground and surface water. These adverse impacts include lake level declines, salt water intrusion, and destruction of wetlands. Although several factors hindered the development of technical information needed to make optimal water allocation decisions, WMDs did not move as rapidly as possible to develop and apply this information. For example, none of the WMDs have fully established minimum flows and levels. In contrast to past delays in developing the needed technical information, the Department and WMDs have increased cooperation and made considerable progress recently to respond to critical water supply problems. This progress needs to continue to ensure that Program goals are met.
  • Although each WMD has been granted discretion in designing and implementing a CUP Program, standardization is needed to ensure that program goals and objectives are met. Not all of the WMDs have implemented key components of the CUP Program that are necessary to provide adequate water resource protection. In addition, WMD staff indicated that further clarification is needed in certain program areas that would provide them with additional guidelines for implementing the CUP Program.

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