01 Oct DC Mayoral Debates coming up – how to submit questions
Friends, we need you to act and act now! DC is going to have a new mayor. CM Bowser and CM Catania have said next-to-nothing about the environment, continuing the Sustainable DC plan, or continuing support for the ongoing efforts to restore the Anacostia River.
We need both candidates to go on record pledging their strong support for restoring the Anacostia River – that means pledging to continue the estuary-wide investigation of toxics in the sediment, a promise to continue the District’s approach to stormwater management through green infrastructure. The New mayor will have big environmental shoes to fill, and it’s up to us to remind both candidates that hollow, vague words about “supporting the environment” simply won’t be enough to win the support of this city’s active environmental community.
How do you you make the candidates go on-record? Well we’re glad you asked!
There are three upcoming debates – October 2nd, October 15th and October 16th. Each forum provides and opportunity for District residents to weigh in on important topics. We absolutely need to stack the box with questions about the Anacostia so the moderators know how important the issue is, and the candidates know its something this city cares about.
Here’s how to submit questions:
For the October 2nd Debate– The debate will air live on WAMU 88.5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 2 and again on Oct. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. You can also follow the WAMU live blog beginning Oct. 2 at 6:45 p.m. or on Twitter with the hashtag #WAMUDebate. The forum will be moderated by WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi, the host of “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” and “The Politics Hour” and will feature award-winning reporters Patrick Madden (WAMU 88.5) and Tom Sherwood (NBC4). It will be broadcast live on WAMU 88.5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
submit comments for questions here: http://wamu.org/contact
or, tweet @kojoshow and remind Kojo just how important it is to ask the candidates about the environment.
For the October 15th Live Forum- This Washington Post/NBC4 event will be a live streamed online forum on 10/15 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at washingtonpost.com and nbcwashington.com, Muriel Bowser, David Catania, and Carol Schwartz have committed to participate in the forum and will have a chance to present their views on the issues. They will also be given an opportunity to directly ask questions of each other and take questions from the public submitted in advance.
Questions for the candidates can be sent to DCforum@washpost.com.
For the Oct 16th: Mayoral & Attorney General Candidate Forums- This is your best opportunity to attend a debate and ask a question in person! the debate will be 6:30 pm at the Academies of Anacostia (Anacostia High School) on 16th street SE.
SUGGESTED QUESTIONS TO ASK THE CANDIDATES
What should we ask the candidates? Well I’m glad you asked!
Here are a couple suggestions of questions that we’d love to hear the candidates go on record about.
1. Among the Anacostia River’s many problems are persistent toxic chemicals in the riverbed that pose a public health risk. The District Department of the Environment recently started the “Sediment Project” – an effort to perform a remedial investigation of the toxics and a feasibility study of remediation
options to remove or contain toxic materials. Do you pledge to see the Sediment Project through to completion?
2. The District has some of the most progressive stormwater policy in the country. What are your plans to solve the district’s problems related to stormwater, trash and combined sewage overflows?
3. The previous administration laid out an aggressive plan to make DC the Greenest City on the planet. Are you familiar with the Sustainable DC plan and do you fully intend to implement it? What are your proposed changes?
4. The Clean Water Act requires all waterways in the US to be “fishable and swimmable” by 1985. We’re a bit late, but do you pledge to do whatever it takes to make the Anacostia River fishable/and swimmable by 2032?