1999 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Conference Report)

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Item 436 #6c

Item 436 #6c

Natural Resources
Conservation and Recreation, Department of

Page 336, after line 12, insert:
"Q. Notwithstanding the provisions of §10.1-2128, Code of Virginia, and with the concurrence of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation is authorized to utilize up to $200,000 from the Water Quality Improvement Fund in the second year to contract for conservation engineering services.  The award of the contract shall be determined through competitive process.  Criteria for evaluating proposals shall include the service provider's experience in applying and teaching the technical standards and specifications of the Virginia Field Office Technical Guide as adopted and required by the Department for water quality and agricultural best management practices and in conducting classroom and field training.  In addition, the service provider shall be experienced and knowledgeable with the engineering job approval authority requirements, computer applications, and professional needs of soil and water conservation district personnel in the areas of animal waste management, hydrology, and agronomy.  The contract shall be awarded by July 1, 1999."

(This amendment provides funding from the Water Quality Improvement Fund for conservation engineering services to review and approve technical plans and to provide training to soil and water conservation district personnel. These services are needed to meet targeted nutrient reductions from nonpoint sources and to improve water quality statewide.)