2020 Voter Guide Ranking

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Allen Ellison

United States House District 17 - DEM

2020 Clean Water Questionnaire Responses

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  • Question 1 : Yes
    1) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is revising the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). The purpose is to reevaluate and define operations for the entire Lake Okeechobee system, not just the Lake. Do you agree LOSOM should be rewritten to incorporate human health, ecology and the environment as an operational priority with existing operational priorities of flood control, navigation, water supply, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and recreation?
    Candidate Comment:

    As a Florida native that truly cares about the health of Lake Okeechobee, marine life and the thousands of people live around and off the lake, I do agree that LOSOM should be rewritten to incorporate human health, ecology and the environment as an operational priority with existing operational priorities of flood control, navigation, water supply, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and recreation. This is how ensure that we are on the charting a new path forward and not just placing a band aide on a major problem.

  • Question 2 : Yes
    2) State legislation, FDEP data and the Blue-Green Algae Taskforce all report agriculture as the dominant source of phosphorus and nitrogen within most impaired watersheds of Florida. Do you agree industries and property owners should be held to clearly enforceable pollution standards and penalties; including mandatory adoption and verification of best management practices, and to implement inspection programs targeting septic, agriculture and industrial wastewater?
    Candidate Comment:

    We all have a responsibility to ensure that we are doing our part to protect our precious water. I agree that both industries and property owners should be held to the same standards as it relates to septic, agriculture and industrial wastewater.

  • Question 3 : Yes
    3) Water is Florida’s greatest natural resource and we should not let it go to waste. Geological water storage methods like Aquifer Storage & Recovery (ASR) and Deep Injection Wells (DIW) are risky in Florida’s fragile and porous bedrock. Independent experts, including the National Academy of Sciences, have called for increasing above ground water storage. Will you prioritize projects for Everglades restoration with above ground storage, filtration marshes and sending water south through the Everglades and down to Florida Bay, the headwaters of the Florida Keys, as nature intended?
    Candidate Comment:

    I agree that water is our greatest and most important natural resource and we must do everything within our power to make sure that it is handle with care as nature intended. All water related issues will have top priority Once I am Congressman representing Florida's 17th Congressional District.

  • Question 4 : Yes
    4) The Florida sugar industry steered over $60 million - not including dark money - to candidates in state and local elections between 1994 and 2016, according to the Miami Herald, which reported “on issue after issue, regulators, legislators, and governors have erred on the side of softening the impact of adverse rules and regulations on cane growers...” which increased pollution, shifted cleanup costs to taxpayers, and influenced Lake Okeechobee water management, for the benefit of private irrigation and flood control, to the detriment of the Everglades, Florida Bay and coastal estuaries and communities. Do you agree that your campaign will be sugar-free, accepting no contributions from any source with ties to the sugarcane industry?
    Candidate Comment:

    My 2020, campaign will be sugar free. I believe that the Florida's sugar industry has a lot caused a lot of the ecological problems that that exists within our state. We have not had a representative to stand up to them and force them to fix the problems. One of my goals is to hold them accountable. They make enough profits to give back to internal and external programs that create viable solutions to the problems that they have created. The Florida sugar industry is not going away. So we must find comprehensive ways of working with them to fix the problem. They have the resources and through federal policy, we can hold them accountable. I am willing to do the work to get this done. I am committed to that.

  • Question 5 : Yes
    5) Pertaining to water quality, 2018 and 2019 illustrate how rainfall and operational management of Lake Okeechobee can result in completely different outcomes for the citizens of Florida. Will you work to compel the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow for more operational flexibility and develop policies to keep the level of Lake Okeechobee lower, with a goal of 11’ feet by June 1st, in advance of each wet season, while ensuring minimum flows to the Caloosahatchee, maximum flows to the Everglades and Florida Bay and no discharges to the St. Lucie estuary?
    Candidate Comment:

    I will work to reverse our water related problems as they are of great importance to residents of my district and surrounding districts. They are important to me.