2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Webert
SWCD Engineering Support

Item 364 #11h

Item 364 #11h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Natural Resources
Department of Conservation and Recreation FY2017 $500,000 FY2018 $500,000 GF
FY2017 4.00 FY2018 4.00 FTE

Page 312, line 34, strike "$96,847,683" and insert "$97,347,683".
Page 312, line 34, strike "$35,138,883" and insert "$35,638,883".

Page 315, after line 24, insert:

"O.  The the amounts provided in this item include $500,000 in the first year and $500,000 in the second year and 4.00 full-time equivalent positions to provide engineering support to implement the Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost Share Program."


(This amendment adds additional engineering support to implement the agricultural best management practices cost share program and would fund four additional field engineers at a start-up cost of $500,000 per year. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) does not have engineering resources to meet the demands of the state cost share program. With a total of six engineering positions, the Department will be able to adequately reestablish and administer an engineering job approval authority system for the 47 Soil and Water Conservation Districts. District staff, with Department oversight, will be able to again supply basic engineering services to farmers throughout Virginia.

DCR needs this funding to effectively re-establish and administer job approval authority for the 47 SWCDs, including providing an adequate number of annual quality control inspections for over 100 eligible District staff located across Virginia. Engineering job approval authority is a certification system which must be overseen by a professional engineer, which provides delegated authority to district technical staff to design and construct agricultural BMPs. With engineering job approval authority re-established, Districts will be able to continue to provide engineering designs for the increasing number of structural agricultural best management practices, such as stream crossings and alternative water systems.)