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Department of Environmental Quality

Item 363

Item 363

First Year - FY2015Second Year - FY2016
Environmental Financial Assistance (51500)$69,796,177$62,213,677
Financial Assistance for Environmental Resources Management (51502)FY2015 $9,652,202FY2016 $9,652,202
Virginia Water Facilities Revolving Fund Loans and Grants (51503)FY2015 $30,741,543FY2016 $23,159,043
Financial Assistance for Coastal Resources Management (51507)FY2015 $2,424,500FY2016 $2,424,500
Litter Control and Recycling Grants (51509)FY2015 $1,939,509FY2016 $1,939,509
Petroleum Tank Reimbursement (51511)FY2015 $25,038,423FY2016 $25,038,423
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY2015 $9,806,280FY2016 $2,223,780
Trust and AgencyFY2015 $25,004,646FY2016 $25,004,646
Dedicated Special RevenueFY2015 $4,611,509FY2016 $4,611,509
Federal TrustFY2015 $30,373,742FY2016 $30,373,742

Authority: Title 10.1, Chapters 11.1, 14, 21.1, and 25 and Title 62.1, Chapters 3.1, 22, 23.2, and 24, Code of Virginia.


A. To the extent available, the authorization included in Chapter 781, 2009 Acts of Assembly, Item 368, paragraph E, is hereby continued for the Virginia Public Building Authority to issue revenue bonds in order to finance Virginia Water Quality Improvement Grants, pursuant to Chapter 851, 2007 Acts of Assembly.


B. To the extent available, the authorization included in Chapter 806, 2013 Acts of Assembly, Item C-39.40, is hereby continued for the Virginia Public Building Authority to issue revenue bonds in order to finance the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, the Combined Sewer Overflow Matching Fund, Nutrient Removal Grants, the Hopewell Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority, and the Appomattox River Water Authority. The administration of several of the water quality programs, including the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, transferred to the Department of Environmental Quality per Chapter 756, 2013 Acts of Assembly.


C.1. The State Comptroller is authorized to continue the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund as established in Item 360, Chapter 806, 2013 Acts of Assembly.  The fund shall consist of bond proceeds from bonds authorized by the General Assembly and issued pursuant to Item C-39.40 in Chapter 806, 2013 Acts of Assembly, and Item C-43 of this act, sums appropriated to it by the General Assembly and other grants, gifts, and moneys as may be made available to it from any other source, public or private. Interest earned on the moneys in the Fund shall remain in the Fund and be credited to it.  Any moneys remaining in the Fund, including interest thereon, at the end of each fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund but shall remain in the Fund.


2. The purpose of the Fund is to provide matching grants to local governments for the planning, design, and implementation of stormwater best management practices that address cost efficiency and commitments related to reducing water quality pollutant loads.  Moneys in the Fund shall be used to meet:  i) obligations related to the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL) requirements; ii) requirements for local impaired stream TMDLs; iii) water quality requirements of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP); and iv) water quality requirements related to the permitting of small municipal stormwater sewer systems.  The grants shall be used solely for capital projects meeting all pre-requirements for implementation, including but not limited to:  i) new stormwater best management practices; ii) stormwater best management practice retrofits; iii) stream restoration; iv) low impact development projects; v) buffer restoration; vi) pond retrofits; and vii) wetlands restoration.


D. The grants shall be used solely for capital projects meeting all pre-requirements for implementation, including but not limited to:  i) new stormwater best management practices; ii) stormwater best management practice retrofits; iii) stream restoration; iv) low impact development projects; v) buffer restoration; vi) pond retrofits; and vii) wetlands restoration.  Such grants shall be in accordance with eligibility determinations made by the State Water Control Board under the authority of the Department of Environmental Quality.


E. The Department of Environmental Quality is authorized to capitalize the Nutrient Offset Fund to the extent necessary to facilitate the development of grants or contracts to support animal waste to energy projects.


F.1. Notwithstanding § 10.1-2129 A., Code of Virginia, out of this appropriation, $7,582,500 the first  year from the general fund shall be deposited to the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund established under the Water Quality Improvement Act of 1997.  Pursuant to paragraph B of Item 356, $988,538 is designated for deposit to the reserve within the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund. Of the remaining amounts, $6,593,962 is provided for stormwater and nonpoint source water quality projects, including municipal separate stormwater sewer systems and grants to local governments.


2. This appropriation, together with the amounts included in Item 357 of this act, meets the mandatory deposit requirements associated with the FY 2013 excess general fund revenue collections and discretionary year-end general fund balances.


3. Out of this appropriation, the Department of Environmental Quality shall use an amount not to exceed $3,000,000 from the Water Quality Improvement Fund to conduct the James River chlorophyll study pursuant to the approved Virginia Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, Phase I Watershed Implementation Plan.  This amount shall be used solely for contractual support for water quality monitoring and analysis and computer modeling.  No portion of this funding may be used for administrative costs of the department.


G. Out of the amounts appropriated for Financial Assistance for Environmental Resources Management, $3,292,479 the first year and $3,292,479 the second year from federal funds is provided to implement stormwater management activities.