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Annalise Mannix

County Commissioner District 1 - 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?
    Yes
    Candidate Comment:

    Lake Okeechobee plays a pivotal role in the health the southern Everglades, Florida Bay and the associated fisheries. Although the original purpose of the lake, as congressionally authorized, included recreation and enhancement of fish, it is clear, that human health, ecology and environment should be identified elements in the revision of the system operating manual. In addition, the goal should be toward a return to the operation earlier in the century when the Water Supply and Environment (WSE) operations scheme had reduced negative impacts to the littoral zone and the estuaries of the lake. I would support the A2 reservoir to enhance discharge to the south.

  • 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?
    Yes
    Candidate Comment:

    Management practices employed by agricultural concerns can, and many do, negatively impact the environment. All must comply with best management practices and be monitored. These organizations should be held to task as polluters and should be funding the brunt of the Basin Management Plans for their basins.

  • 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?
    Yes
    Candidate Comment:

    Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) should be funded as quickly as possible. I will urge local sponsors, the state; counties; and agencies to join in partnership to provide the funding match for the needed infrastructure and removal of problematic levees and canals. This will allow further natural area connectivity within the ecosystem while also increasing storage and water supply for the natural system and aquifers.

  • 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?
    Yes
    Candidate Comment:

    I will not accept campaign contributions from big sugar!

  • Question 5 : Yes
    5) The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) underestimates the amount of storage capacity for polluted water released from Lake Okeechobee. Will you support acquisition of additional private lands in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) south of the Lake to augment the EAA Reservoir project for storage, treatment and conveyance of water south to the Everglades and Florida Bay?
    Yes
    Candidate Comment:

    My platform it that advancing a number of projects both in the northern and southern Everglades concurrently is a key element to ensuring Everglades and Florida Bay's restoration. The acquisition of additional private lands is vital to moving this project forward ahead of 2020.