2021 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Conference Report)

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Harmful Algae Bloom Mitigation (language only)

Item 377 #6c

Item 377 #6c

Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Quality


Page 457, after line 41, insert:

"M. The Department of Environmental Quality shall convene a workgroup, in conjunction with the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, to conduct research and complete a single collaborative report that provides findings and recommendations related to: (i) the location, frequency, and severity of harmful algae blooms in Virginia waters; (ii) the factors that lead to the formation and occurrence of harmful algae blooms; and, (iii) plans and strategies for state agencies to lead or support appropriate mitigation efforts. The workgroup shall provide its findings to the Chairs of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee and Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee no later than September 1, 2021."


(This amendment directs DEQ, VDACS, and VDH to convene a joint workgroup to provide a report on the prevalence of harmful algae blooms in Virginia waters and strategies to address their occurrence.)