2004 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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VIA Nonpoint WQIF

Item 382 #12s

Item 382 #12s

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Natural Resources
Conservation and Recreation, Department of FY2005 $6,906,250 FY2006 $6,906,250 NGF

Page 298, line 25, strike "$22,738,678" and insert "$29,644,928".
Page 298, line 25, strike "$20,977,511" and insert "$27,883,761".
Page 299, after line 57, insert:
"I.1. Out of the amounts for Statewide Non-Point Source Pollution Control, $6,906,250 from nongeneral funds each year shall be deposited to the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund established under the Water Quality Improvement Act of 1997, Title 10.1, Chapter 21.1, Code of Virginia. The sources of funds for these nongeneral fund deposits is the Virginia Natural and Historic Resources Fund pursuant to the "Virginia Investment Act" (Senate Bill 635, 2004 Session).
2. The Department shall review Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) operations and identify potential improvements in water quality and soil erosion programs. The review shall consider the relative needs of the various Districts, practices that offer the most cost-effective use of nonpoint source funding, and practices that are most appropriate given the characteristics of the various districts. The review shall incorporate the most recent findings on best management practice effectiveness. Based on the findings of the review, the Department shall propose changes in SWCD practices, staffing and funding, including the potential for performance based funding, to improve the Commonwealth's non-point source programs. The Department shall coordinate this review with the requirements of HJR 72 (2004 Session) and any planned reviews of its nutrient management regulations. Copies of an interim report shall be provided to the Chairmen of the House Committees on Appropriations, and Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources, and the Senate Committees on Finance, and Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources by December 31, 2004. The final report including recommendations for SWCD practices and funding shall be provided by December 31, 2005."

(This amendment appropriates the nongeneral funds from the Virginia Natural and Historic Resources Fund pursuant to the "Virginia Investment Act" (SB 635, 2004 Session). These funds will be used for programs that reduce nonpoint source pollution from urban and agricultural sources. The amendment also mandates a review of Soil and Water Conservation District nonpoint source programs.)