2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Lingamfelter
DCR Evaluation of Phosphorus Levels

Item 364 #13h

Item 364 #13h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Natural Resources
Department of Conservation and Recreation FY2017 $100,000 FY2018 $100,000 GF

Page 312, line 34, strike "$96,847,683" and insert "$96,947,683".
Page 312, line 34, strike "$35,138,883" and insert "$35,238,883".

Page 315, after line 24, insert:

"O. Out of the amounts in this item, $100,000 the first year and $100,000 the second year from the general fund shall be provided for the department to evaluate the existing standards for the acceptable rate of phosphorus application to lands from the use of fertilizer, animal manure, poultry waste, sewage sludge and industrial waste.  In evaluating the existing standard, the department shall determine if soil phosphorus levels have increased since 2005.  The department shall seek input from the Department of Environmental Quality, soil scientists and nutrient management experts from academic institutions including Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, agriculture industry representatives, conservation interests and other interested stakeholders.  The Department shall: 1) consider the best available science, 2) review other state protocols in the mid-Atlantic region, 3) review phosphorus application rates, the timing of land application of animal manure and poultry waste, soil nutrient capacity, and water quality degradation and 4) evaluate the movement of phosphorus to ground and surface waters, soil phosphorus saturation, subsurface drainage, soil erosion and other phosphorus management considerations, as appropriate.  The department shall provide its recommendations on whether the existing standard for the acceptable rate of phosphorus application is consistent with best available science to the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee no later than November 1, 2017."


(This amendment provides $100,000 each year from the general fund to DCR to evaluate existing standards for phosphorus application and report its findings to the General Assembly by November 1, 2017.)