Water quality: Water quality in the Bay is suffering from development, stormwater runoff, and even septic tanks. Much of this goes back to the larger issues of overbuilding, lack of enforcement, and old failing infrastructure. What ideas do you have to help protect the Bay and other water resources?
Philip Cryar - District 1 - Republican
Work with Bay County Commissioners to open the pass at Lake Powell and cut a ditch from Lake Powell to the Intracoastal Waterway to reroute runoff water, this will save dune lakes and improve water quality in the bay. Developmental runoff is deteriorating water quality, so developments need to collect water in a runoff pond, clean it, and redistribute it into the bay.
Lisa Johnson - District 1 - Republican
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William "Boots" McCormick - District 1 - Republican
First I just spent 3 years as a city councilman in a city that provided water and sewer service . The septic tank issues are a great concern to me. If money was not an issue and it was my call, there would not be a septic tank in the ground anywhere. We set on the main aquifer that is our only source of clean drinking water. So I would work to getting the right people at the table and find the solutions to fix the problem. As to the other contributors , as stated earlier I will insist the enforcement of ALL the rules.
Mike Barker - District 3 - Republican
Stop overdevelopment and granting unneccessary variances. Look at ways to clean up areas that have been damaged by this and poluting our water, and enforce our codes.
Teddy Stewart - District 3 - Republican
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Tony Anderson - District 5 - Republican
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Debbie Heard - District 5 - Republican
The Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board and our environmental liaison have put together a package of funding of close to 1 million dollars to proceed with the project to remove all septic tanks in the Coastal Dune Lake Protection Zone. As commissioner I would carry that further and apply for additional grants to insure that every property that has access to sewer has the same opportunity that the coastal dune lake residents will have in the coming months. Infrastructure for the entire county must be evaluated and updated to sustain our current population and prepare for continued growth. Walton County has the most fresh water of any county in the panhandle. We need to sustain that resource and renew the bay and other water resources that have suffered due to all of the issues mentioned.
Dr. Carolynn Zonia - District 5 - Democrat
We have water quality issues all across the County. 1. We have dozens of beach closures each year due to fecal contamination that our neighbors in Bay and Okaloosa Counties do not experience. The reason given each and every time is “wildlife”. I don’t know about you, but I never see “wildlife” roaming our beaches. I would assemble a workgroup to determine the etiology of the contamination so that we can solve the problem. 2. We have almost as many septic tanks in Walton as Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties combined. Our participation in the Choctawhatchee Bay estuary Coalition will allow us to seek funding to speed the conversion of septic to in line sewer and this must become a priority in Walton. 3. There are 8 counties in Florida that receive extra funding as part of the Springs Protection Program. I will meet with Representative Drake and Senator Gainer to get Walton recognized as the 9th County with a Springs Protection Designation to protect our drinking water. 4. We must hold development along the Bay and near our Coastal Dune Lakes to the protection orders and stop granting variances or just looking the other way. These violations hurt everyone and cost us in taxpayer money to fix, and environmental impacts that may be permanent. Please also see my blog on my webpage https://www.drzforwaltoncounty.org/choctawhatchee_bay_water_quality
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