2007 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1650 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Wittman
Computerizing Agricultural BMP Implementation

Item 358 #4h

Item 358 #4h

First Year - FY2007 Second Year - FY2008
Natural Resources
Conservation and Recreation, Department of FY2007 $0 FY2008 $500,000 NGF

Page 386, line 11, strike "$28,455,223" and insert "$28,955,223".
Page 386, line 13, strike "$15,577,593" and insert "$16,077,593".
Page 388, after line 31, insert:
"L. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is authorized to use up to $500,000 the second year from interest accrued on the balances in the Water Quality Improvement Fund to modernize, simplify, and improve the computerized system used by local soil and water conservation districts to administer and report on implementation of the state agricultural best management practices and other district matters.  The funds may be used to conduct an independent analysis of the department's existing system and for improvements to or replacement of the the current system."

(This amendment provides for the use of interest on the balances maintained in the Water Quality Improvement Fund to modernize the analysis, reporting, and data management system used by soil and water conservation districts to implement the Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Assistance Program, which was established to reduce nonpoint source pollution through the voluntary implementation of conservation management practices by farmers, other land owners, and local governments.)