2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Landes
Co-Patron(s): Peace
SWCD Engineering Support

Item 364 #7h

Item 364 #7h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Natural Resources
Department of Conservation and Recreation FY2017 $0 FY2018 $200,000 GF
FY2017 0.00 FY2018 2.00 FTE

Page 359, line 36, strike "$35,500,035" and insert "$35,700,035".

Page 362, after line 40, insert:

"Q.  In addition to other amounts provided in this item for technical assistance through the soil and water conservation districts, is provided $200,000 and 2.0 FTE positions in the second year to support engineering assistance to design and install best management practices."


(This amendment provides additional funding for the 47 local soil and water conservation districts that have a continuing need for engineering support to design and install best management practices. Currently there is a backlog of approximately $30.0 million for the installation of BMPs to keep livestock out of our rivers and streams. These practices, and those that are currently under design and construction with existing cost-share funding, are essential to meeting the Commonwealth's water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay and Southern Rivers Watersheds. To address existing and current livestock exclusion practice needs, additional engineering support for the design and installation of practices is required. DCR currently has one engineer and one engineering technician to support the 47 districts. Engineering support will continue to be needed by districts to meet the needs of Total Maximum Daily Loads in the future. Two positions do not provide the support required across the state. This amendment provides funding for two additional field engineers to meet the ongoing engineering needs of districts and to reduce the engineering backlog for currently approved practices.)