2021 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Convirs-Fowler
Study of Albemarle-Pamlico Watershed

Item 377 #5h

Item 377 #5h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Quality FY2021 $0 FY2022 $800,000 GF

Page 455, line 31, strike "$52,900,649" and insert "$53,700,649".

Page 457, after line 41, insert:

"M.1. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) shall study the Albemarle-Pamlico Watershed in Virginia. Such study shall form an appropriate basis for the launch of a roundtable planning process for the future of the Watershed.

2. In conducting its study, DEQ shall collect and analyze (i) land-use and demographic data, including information about storage of toxins and bio-wastes; (ii) stormwater and related data, including maps of completed agriculture best management practices, maps of conserved lands and existing riparian buffers in comparison to the need for buffers, and baseline data on stormwater and wastewater issues, treatment in rural areas, and access to state programs designed to assist with stormwater and wastewater retrofits; (iii) groundwater data, including rainfall data and future projections, threats to drinking water supplies, scientifically grounded data on the role that conserved forests play in water management, and groundwater supply, quality, and sustainability data; (iv) information on previous major storms, including the paths such storms followed and the effects they had on affected communities; and (v) distribution and population data on key species of flora and fauna, including endangered and threatened species and species of concern.

3. Technical assistance shall be provided to DEQ by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Marine Resources Commission, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. All agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance to DEQ for this study, upon request.

4. The Department of Environmental Quality shall complete its meetings by November 30, 2022, and shall submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an executive summary and a report of its findings and recommendations for publication as a House or Senate document. The executive summary and report shall be submitted as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports no later than the first day of the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly and shall be posted on the General Assembly's website."


(This amendment directs the Department of Environmental Quality to conduct a comprehensive study of the Albemarle-Pamlico Watershed in Virginia.)