2005 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Dillard
Zebra Mussel Eradication

Item 393 #2h

Item 393 #2h

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Natural Resources
Game and Inland Fisheries, Department of FY2005 $0 FY2006 $363,000 GF

Page 375, line 16, strike "$34,276,258" and insert "$34,639,258".
Page 375, after line 39, insert:
"C.  Out of the amounts appropriated for Freshwater Aquatic Species Management and Habitat Improvement, $363,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for eradication of zebra mussels located in the Millbrook Quarry in Prince William County.  Of the total amount provided, $200,000 shall be transferred to the Fairfax County Water Authority's Board of Directors in order to reimburse the authority for expenses incurred in supporting the effort to eliminate this population of zebra mussels."

(This amendment provides $363,000 from the general fund in the second year to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to support the elimination of a population of zebra mussels located in an abandoned quarry in Prince William County. The department has issued a request for proposals to eradicate this invasive species. Of the total amount appropriated, $200,000 is to reimburse the Fairfax County Water Authority for its financial support of this project. The authority had provide $200,000 as well as a line of credit for $163,000 to the department to ensure this project went forward. Should these zebra mussels escape the quarry, they could present a significant threat not only to aquatic life in Occoquan River, but also to the intake pipes of facilities like Fairfax Water as well as recreational and commercial boats.)