2024 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Pay-for-Outcomes Pilot Program

Item 365 #1c

Item 365 #1c

First Year - FY2025 Second Year - FY2026
Natural and Historic Resources
Department of Environmental Quality FY2025 $20,000,000 FY2026 $0 GF

Page 423, line 1, strike "$161,281,448" and insert "$181,281,448".

Page 424, after line 51, insert:

"L. Out of the amounts in this item, $20,000,000 the first year from the general fund is provided for the establishment of a pay-for-outcomes pilot program in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Department shall issue requests for nonpoint source pollution reduction proposals, conduct a transparent proposal selection process based on project ranking criteria, execute contracts with selected entities, verify that the promised nonpoint source pollutant reductions are being achieved, and make payments when contractually defined terms are verified. The project ranking criteria shall include cost per pound of nutrients removed, the level of assurance that nutrient reductions shall be provided, habitat and resilience benefits, readiness to proceed, local government coordination, the provision of long-term maintenance and applicability to locally impaired waters."


(This amendment provides $20.0 million the first year from the general fund to establish a pay-for-outcomes pilot program at the Department of Environmental Quality.)