2023 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hanger
Incentivize the Most Cost-Effective Agricultural BMPs

Item 374 #8s

Item 374 #8s

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Natural and Historic Resources
Department of Conservation and Recreation FY2023 $0 FY2024 $12,907,600 GF

Page 457, line 6, strike "$373,552,369" and insert "$386,459,969".

Page 461, after line 25, insert:

"V. Out of the appropriation in this Item, $12,907,600 in the second year from the general fund is provided to provide incentives to farm operators for the adoption of highly cost-effective nutrient management practices, including stream exclusion systems, nutrient management plans, and forested riparian buffers on lands within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  The department shall pilot the incentive program in select Soil and Water Conservation Districts to determine the most effective approach for watershed-wide implementation of incentives."


(This amendment creates a pilot program to provide incentives for the most cost-effective agricultural best management practices to assist the Commonwealth with achieving the Phase III Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan goals. The incentive program will be piloted in select Soil and Water Conservation Districts to determine the best approach for implementation throughout the watershed.)