2018 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Committee Approved)

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Elizabeth River State of the River Scorecard 2020

Item 366 #1h

Item 366 #1h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Quality FY2019 $200,000 FY2020 $203,000 GF
FY2019 0.75 FY2020 0.75 FTE

Page 327, line 36, strike "$43,789,387" and insert "$43,989,387".
Page 327, line 36, strike "$43,789,387" and insert "$43,992,387".

Page 328, after line 38, insert:

"H. Out of the appropriation for this item, $200,000 the first year and $203,000 the second year, and 0.75 FTE positions from the general fund are provided to support a collaborative effort between the Department of Environmental Quality, Old Dominion University, the College of William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the non-profit Elizabeth River Project to prepare a "State of the River Scorecard 2020" to evaluate the pollution levels and health of the Elizabeth River."


(This amendment provides $200,000 the first year, $203,000 the second year, and 0.75 FTEs from the general fund to support the update of the "State of the River Scorecard" for the Elizabeth River. A joint non-profit, government, and higher education effort undertaken every six years to evaluate the health of the Elizabeth River, this review has been essential in guiding one of the most dramatic turnarounds of any river on the Chesapeake Bay. From being presumed dead, to leading the bay in oysters and de-listed as impaired in some areas, the Elizabeth River is an urban river success story. The scorecard serves as an education tool and essential guide to identifying the river's needs and trends. A temporary DEQ hire will oversee the university studies to evaluate fish health and pollution levels.)