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					                          Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
                          CHARLES H. BRONSON, Commissioner


                                                                                       Please Respond to:
                                                                       Office of Agricultural Water Policy
                                                                                          P.O. Box 24680
                                                                                     3301 Gun Club Road
                                                                              West Palm Beach, FL 33416
                                           April 1, 2005

Ms. Stacey Webb Feken
Water Quality Standards and Special Projects Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3560
Tallahassee, FL 32399

RE: Canal Recharge Study Stakeholder Comments

Dear Ms. Feken:

        The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) supports further
study to investigate the feasibility of discharging reclaimed water into canals and the aquifer
system as a means of augmenting water supplies and enhancing natural systems in the Lower East
Coast (LEC) Region. Any program that could result better environmental conditions in the LEC,
fewer water shortages and greater flexibility for water deliveries within the regional system
deserves serious consideration.

        It is understood that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) will be
performing a desk top study to assess the potential of canal recharge with reclaimed water to be an
alternative water supply source for both the built and natural system without producing
unacceptable environmental conditions and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) violations. The
use of reclaimed water in canal systems that directly or indirectly (groundwater recharge) serve the
water supply needs of agricultural in the LEC region could also be problematic with respect to
potential negative impacts to an agricultural producer’s crop. This aspect of unacceptable
consequences should also be a part of the Canal Recharge Study.

       Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Canal Recharge Study. If you have any
questions, please contact me at 561-682-6040.

                                             Sincerely,

                                             CHARLES H. BRONSON
                                             COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE


                                             Rebecca Elliott
                                             Water Policy Liaison


cc: Chuck Aller, FDACS
    John Folks, FDCAS