Comprehensive Local Water Management (previous named Comprehensive Local Water Planning) was passed into law in 1986 as Chapter 110B. Broadly defined, the purpose of Comprehensive Local Water Management is:
To identify existing and potential problems or opportunities for protection, management, and development of water resources and related land resources in the county
To develop and implement a plan of action to promote sound hydrologic management of water and related land resources in the county
To work toward effective environmental protection and management in the county
Comprehensive Local Water Management is a continuous process whereby local government officials and the general public can understand the amount, characteristics, and distribution of their water resources.
Based on this understanding of existing conditions, county officials can then decide what water resources are necessary and desired for future growth and development; and decide on the course of action to achieve and maintain the quality of life desired in the county.
Clay County recognizes that counties; whether growing, remaining stable, or declining in population; must develop their own local plan for managing water resources. If not, they will eventually lose the opportunity to make intelligent, local choices that anticipate or prevent water resource problems before costs escalate and options narrow.
Clay County also recognizes that a well developed comprehensive water management plan (PDF) can also integrate local initiatives and existing state or federal water related programs and funding sources. This integration also allows more efficient management of all these programs for protection of water resources and the general environment.