2020 Voter Guide Ranking

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Elisa Edwards Ackerly

Florida House District 82 - 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:

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when rewriting its Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual should in address the entire environmental factors to there operations of the Lake Okeechobee. Florida is has enormous environmental factors that should be addressed from Humans, Plant and well as animal. We are all affected by the work that they do. Endangered plant and animals are at serious risk by everything we as humans do on this planet. for the next generation we should do all we can to preserve our state and it's unique ecosystem for future generations to come. So much of Florida economics are tied to the unique ecosystem.

  • 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:

    I do think that the industries and property owners should follow enforceable pollution standards including adoption of best management practices. I would be beneficial to have universal standards for all business, farmers, agriculture and industrial watershed, inspection programs for septic in the state. To deal with nitrogen and phosphorus in the water shed flow in urban as well as rural in the state.

  • 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
  • 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:

    My campaign is a grassroots campaign and is NOT tied to the sugarcane industry.

  • Question 5 : Yes
    5) The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has identified two strategies for improving water quality: Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs) and the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) of excess pollutants and nutrients. The state has failed to sufficiently fund testing, standardization, staffing and consequential goals, resulting in negligible progress on water quality. Do you agree with the need to fully fund BMAP and TMDL monitoring and enforcement, establish unified standards and to pursue reporting accountability?
    Yes
    Candidate Comment:

    I do agree with the need to fully fund BMAP and TMDL monitoring and enforcement, establishing unified standards and pursue reporting and accountability.