2020 Voter Guide Ranking

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Cory Hutchinson

County Commissioner District 3 - 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
  • 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:

    We have to create standards as it pertains to fertilizers, and chemical usage for properties. We need to take the time to develop sensible regulations, and enforce them.

  • 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:

    For Sarasota County, we need to make an effort to fix our failing infrastructure that pollutes our water. We need to update our wastewater facilities and sewage facilities.

  • 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 don't take any corporate, special interest, sugar, or dark money- of any kind.

  • Question 5 : Yes
    5) Phosphate mining and fertilizer production in Florida has a broad and direct impact on water quality. Mining operations release massive amounts of wastewater into critical waterbodies and phosphogypsum stacks have a history of leaking pollution into the watershed. In the event a mining site fails to meet annually monitored water quality inspections, will you work to revoke their permit until effluent standards are met and verified by the FDEP?
    Yes
    Candidate Comment:

    Yes, and I will not support any more Mosiac mining in or around Sarasota County.