2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Miyares
Evaluation of Environmental Concerns in Buchannan Creek

Item 368 #3h

Item 368 #3h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Quality FY2017 $0 FY2018 $500,000 GF

Page 365, line 15, strike "$41,002,971" and insert "$41,502,971".

Page 366, after line 15, insert:

"H. Included in the appropriation for this item is $500,000 in the second year from the general fund for the department to evaluate environmental concerns in the upper reaches of Buchannan Creek, a tributary of the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach.  The study should address: (i) adequacy of the channel; (ii) evaluation of shoreline deterioration; (iii) and potential contamination from Birchwood Gardens former private sewage treatment facility.  The study may require but not be limited to: an evaluation of historical land use records; permits; water quality testing and monitoring; soil sampling and other environmental testing and evaluation as required.  The report will include recommendations for any corrective action as determined to be necessary and shall be submitted to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than October 1, 2018."


(This amendment directs DEQ to undertake an environmental evaluation of the upper reaches of Buchannan Creek, a tributary of the Lynnhaven River, and provides $500,000 from the general fund in the second year for the conduct of such work.)