United States House District 18 - REP
2020 Voter Guide Ranking
United States House District 18 - REP
I have led the effort across the state of Florida, and pushed the Army Corps, to lower Lake Okeechobee during the dry season in an effort to prevent discharges in the wet season. Operational change costs us nothing and has massive public health benefits.Brian Mast
I was one of only three candidates in the entire state of Florida, and the first in the history of the Treasure Coast, to vote to eliminate subsidies for the sugar industry. I have also led an effort in Congress to oppose their efforts to retroactively apply the CERP “Savings Clause” to the management of Lake Okeechobee.Brian Mast
I have led an effort in Congress and advocated for the South Florida Water Management District to prioritize the EAA Reservoir over projects that include ASR, such as the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Plan.Brian Mast
I introduced legislation, the PROTECT Florida Act, to make human health the top operational priority for the Army Corps’ management of Lake Okeechobee, and I wrote the language in WRDA 2018 mandating replacing LORS with LOSOM.Brian Mast
2020 Clean Water Questionnaire Responses
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- Question 1 : Yes1) 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?
- Question 2 : Yes2) 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?
- Question 3 : Yes3) 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?
- Question 4 : Yes4) 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?
- Question 5 : Yes5) 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?