1998 Session

Budget Bill - SB29 (Introduced)

Department of Environmental Quality

Item 410

Item 410 (Not set out)

First Year - FY1997Second Year - FY1998
Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation (51400)$6,603,877$7,403,877
Air Quality Monitoring and Evaluation (51401)FY1997 $1,192,225FY1998 $1,192,225
Chesapeake Bay Water Quality and Habitat Monitoring (51405)FY1997 $2,016,632FY1998 $2,716,632
Water Quality Assessments (51406)FY1997 $2,837,391FY1998 $2,937,391
Surface Water Investigations (51407)FY1997 $557,629FY1998 $557,629
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY1997 $4,732,270FY1998 $5,532,270
Trust and AgencyFY1997 $50,000FY1998 $50,000
Dedicated Special RevenueFY1997 $83,628FY1998 $83,628
Federal TrustFY1997 $1,737,979FY1998 $1,737,979

Authority: Title 10.1, Chapters 11.1 and 13, and Title 62.1, Chapter 3.1, 3.2, and 24, Code of Virginia.

A. This item includes $100,000 the first year and $150,000 the second year from the general fund to monitor water quality in the Elizabeth River. These funds shall be used to establish toxins analysis capabilities with the purpose of analyzing ambient water conditions in the Elizabeth River, collecting biological samples, and monitoring the performance of proposed best management practices.

B.1. This item includes $700,000 the second year from the general fund for additional statewide water quality monitoring. The funds shall be used to develop and implement consistent site and monitoring techniques to ensure reliability and to determine trends; increase frequency and amount of toxins analysis, biological monitoring, and fish tissue sampling; expand the number of river miles monitored; and ensure the monitoring of all four conventional pollutants at all stations.

2. If the Department determines it is more efficient and effective to contract for laboratory services, the Department is authorized to do so. However, the Department shall not enter into a contract with a private laboratory that has a conflict of interest because of contractual or other relationships with Virginia facilities regulated by the Department. In addition, any private laboratory that enters into a contract with the Department for water quality monitoring shall comply with the provisions of Senate Bill 1039 (1997), if the legislation is enacted into law.