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William L. McDaniel Jr.

County Commissioner District 5 - REP

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:

    One of the main reasons why the Corps of Engineers are involved with the Levee is to ensure human health.

  • Question 2 : No
    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?
    No
    Candidate Comment:

    This is not a yes or no answer, in mandating unenforceable laws will only exacerbate the circumstances. There are other influences then those listed in this question that are impacting the water quality and nutrient content. I would not be opposed to mandating restrictions, but I would have to review the propositions.

  • 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:

    As long as these two official storage facilities have renewable resources for extraction. We all know the number one nutrient content in our water systems is decaying vegetation, if mechanical extraction is not a part of the process we are necessarily only adding to the circumstances.

  • Question 4 : No
    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?
    No
    Candidate Comment:

    I have not solicited funds from you as sugar nor have any intention to, but I cannot say I would not accept contributions either.

  • 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:

    I would consider these acquisitions if there is in fact a plan that is not hopscotch to allow the water the flow South. The CERP has issues that need to be addressed as well.