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Follow-Up Report on the Surface Water Improvement and Management Program, Report No. 97-58, March 1998
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  • Since our prior report, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Water Management Districts have continued to make progress in establishing measures of program results for some Surface Water Improvement and Management Act (SWIM) water bodies. However, a gap continues to exist between program resource levels and its objectives.
  • If the Legislature continues to fund SWIM, we recommend that the scope of program activities be reduced to match available resources. Scope reduction strategies could include focusing on water bodies of statewide significance, water bodies with greatest reliance on state funding, or water bodies with the greatest degree of degradation.
  • If the Legislature discontinues or significantly reduces state funding for SWIM, we recommend that the program be eliminated as a state requirement to avoid creating an unfunded mandate for the water management districts.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 95-20 Review of the Implementation of the Surface Water Improvement and Management Program by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Five Water Management Districts, published in December 1995.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Water Resource Management
Waste Management

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 00-04 Progress Report: Wastewater Reuse Reduces Discharges and Provides Alternative Water Supplies, published in August 2000.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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