2022 Voter Guide Ranking

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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

United States House District 26 - DEM

One cannot visit the Everglades or the Florida Keys and not leave determined to protect them for future generations.

I look forward to pressing for Everglades restoration projects… Protecting our sources of water from contamination, toxic runoff, nuclear power plants, or leaky septic tanks will continue to be a top priority because clean water is essential to our health, livelihood, and economy, and it shouldn’t be a luxury.

2022 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:

    We need to work towards a long-term sustainable solution, where all actors involved in the management of the Lake Okeechobee system take proper responsibility for human health, ecology and the environment.

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Question 4 : Yes
    4) The Florida sugar industry poured over $60 million – not including dark money – to candidates in state and local elections between 1994 and 2016, according to the Miami Herald. And now, “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.” As a result, Florida has seen an increase in pollution, higher cleanup costs for taxpayers, problems with Lake Okeechobee water management, and harm to the Everglades, Florida Bay, and other coastal estuaries and communities. Do you agree that your campaign will protect Florida’s residents, communities, environment, and water supply by going Big Sugar Free and refusing any contributions from Big Sugar - that means sugar industry lobbyists, PACs, or corporate donors?
  • 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 believe we must flexibly manage the level of Lake Okeechobee, with an eye towards preventing any unintended consequences of such policies, such as sending dirty water south to the Everglades.