BCHW 2004 House Budget Update

 

House Natural Resources Overview

2004 Supplemental Omnibus Operating Budget

House Chair

(Dollars in Thousands)

GF-S OTH-B Total

Natural Resources

Department of Ecology 5,012 3,557 8,569

WA Pollution Liab Insurance Program 0 2 2

State Parks and Recreation Comm 87 962 1,049

Interagency Comm for Outdoor Rec 225 125 350

Environmental Hearings Office 49 0 49

State Conservation Commission 0 250 250

Dept of Fish and Wildlife 462 1,201 1,663

Department of Natural Resources 24,985 1,744 26,729

Department of Agriculture 4,439 317 4,756

Total Natural Resources 35,259 8,158 43,417

 

House State Parks

2003-05 Revised Omnibus Operating Budget (2004 Supp)

State Parks and Recreation Comm

(Dollars in Thousands)

House Chair

GF-S Other Total

2003-05 Original Appropriations 59,962 43,184 103,146

Total Maintenance Changes 87 140 227

2004 Policy Changes:

1. Digital Government 0 72 72

2. Grants and Donations 0 750 750

Total Policy Changes 0 822 822

2003-05 Revised Appropriations 60,049 44,146 104,195

Difference from Original Appropriations 87 962 1,049

% Change from Original Appropriations 0.1% 2.2% 1.0%

Comments:

1. Digital Government - State Parks recently replaced its network server. Funding is proved to replace outdated software, improve computer security, and utilize statewide applications, such as the Travel Voucher System. A combination of one-time ($66,400) and ongoing technical support ($5,600) is provided. (Parks Renewal and Stewardship Account-State)

2. Grants and Donations - State Parks periodically receives unrestricted donations as well as grants for specific park-related purposes. State law provides for donations to be deposited in the Parks Renewal and Stewardship Account-State. Expenditure authority is provided so the agency can expend these donations. (Parks Renewal and Stewardship Account-State, Parks Renewal and Stewardship Account-Private/Local)

 

Please note: Those items highlighted in YELLOW have been replaced by those items that are highlighted in RED.

 

30 Sec. 302. 2003 1st sp.s. c 25 s 303 (uncodified) is amended to

31 read as follows:

32 FOR THE STATE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

33 General Fund--State Appropriation (FY 2004) . . . . . (($29,986,000))

34 $30,015,000

35 General Fund--State Appropriation (FY 2005) . . . . . (($29,976,000))

36 $30,034,000

37 General Fund--Federal Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,666,000

 

1 General Fund--Private/Local Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . $63,000

2 Winter Recreation Program Account--State

3 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,079,000

4 Off Road Vehicle Account--State Appropriation . . . . . . . . $285,000

5 Snowmobile Account--State Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . $4,790,000

6 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account--State

7 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $332,000

8 Public Safety and Education Account--State

9 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $47,000

10 Parks Renewal and Stewardship Account--

11 Private/Local Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300,000

12 Parks Renewal and Stewardship Account--

13 State Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($33,769,000))

14 $34,431,000

15 TOTAL APPROPRIATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($102,993,000))

16 $104,042,000

 

 

2003-05 Revised Omnibus Operating Budget (2004 Supp)

House Interagency Committee:

Please note: The items highlighted in YELLOW have been replaced by the items highlighted in RED.

 

18 Sec. 303. 2003 1st sp.s. c 25 s 304 (uncodified) is amended to

19 read as follows:

20 FOR THE INTERAGENCY COMMITTEE FOR OUTDOORS RECREATION

21 General Fund--State Appropriation (FY 2004) . . . . . . . . $1,246,000

22 General Fund--State Appropriation (FY 2005) . . . . . . (($1,256,000))

23 $1,481,000

24 General Fund--Federal Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . $17,983,000

25 General Fund--Private/Local Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . $125,000

26 Firearms Range Account--State Appropriation . . . . . . . . . $22,000

27 Recreation Resources Account--State

28 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,608,000

29 NOVA Program Account--State Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . $691,000

30 Water Quality Account--State Appropriation . . . . . . . . . $200,000

31 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account--State Appropriation . . . $254,000

32 TOTAL APPROPRIATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($24,260,000))

33 $24,610,000

 

Interagency Comm for Outdoor Rec

(Dollars in Thousands)

House Chair

GF-S Other Total

2003-05 Original Appropriations 2,502 21,758 24,260

2004 Policy Changes:

1. Biodiversity Strategy 125 125 250

2. Habitat Program (ESHB 2275) 100 0 100

Total Policy Changes 225 125 350

2003-05 Revised Appropriations 2,727 21,883 24,610

Difference from Original Appropriations 225 125 350

% Change from Original Appropriations 9.0% 0.6% 1.4%

Comments:

1. Biodiversity Strategy - Funding is provided to begin implementing the recommendations contained in the Washington Biodiversity Conservation Strategic Report (October 2003), including the development of a state biodiversity strategy. This strategy is intended to replace existing single-species or single-resource protection programs with a more holistic approach. Work shall include identifying elements for a comprehensive biodiversity strategy, developing incentives for private landowners to protect biodiversity, enhancing state agency assessments of ecoregions, and increasing efforts to conserve biodiversity on state lands. State funds will be matched by private funding to begin implementing the Biodiversity Committee's recommendations. (General Fund- State, General Fund-Private/Local)

2. Habitat Program (ESHB 2275) - Funding is provided to implement Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2275 (habitat conservation program). The bill adds two categories to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program. Implementation of the bill will require establishing new program policies for the farmlands preservation and riparian programs and administration of the new grant categories.

 

 

House Department of Natural Resources:

Please note: The items highlighted in YELLOW have been replaced by the items highlighted in RED.

2003-05 Revised Omnibus Operating Budget (2004 Supp)

 

1 Sec. 307. 2003 1st sp.s. c 25 s 308 (uncodified) is amended to

2 read as follows:

3 FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

4 General Fund--State Appropriation (FY 2004) . . . . . (($30,307,000))

5 $54,329,000

6 General Fund--State Appropriation (FY 2005) . . . . . (($34,233,000))

7 $35,196,000

8 General Fund--Federal Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . (($3,809,000))

9 $5,116,000

10 General Fund--Private/Local Appropriation . . . . . . . . . $2,482,000

11 Forest Development Account--State

12 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($52,060,000))

13 $52,210,000

14 Off Road Vehicle Account--State

15 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($4,028,000))

16 $4,029,000

17 Surveys and Maps Account--State

18 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($2,760,000))

19 $2,761,000

20 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account--State

21 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($6,884,000))

22 $6,925,000

23 Resources Management Cost Account--State

24 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($70,391,000))

25 $70,618,000

26 Surface Mining Reclamation Account--State

27 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,293,000

28 Disaster Response Account--State Appropriation . . . . . . $7,200,000

29 Water Quality Account--State Appropriation . . . . . . . . $2,479,000

30 Aquatic Land Dredged Material Disposal Site

31 Account--State Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,311,000

32 Natural Resource Conservation Areas Stewardship

33 Account Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $83,000

34 Air Pollution Control Account--State

35 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $526,000

36 Agricultural College Trust Management Account

37 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($1,868,000))

38 $1,872,000

1 Derelict Vessel Removal Account--State

2 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,130,000

3 TOTAL APPROPRIATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($223,844,000)) $250,560,000

 

Department of Natural Resources

(Dollars in Thousands)

As Passed House

GF-S Other Total

2003-05 Original Appropriations 64,540 215,605 280,145

Total Maintenance Changes 19 58 77

2004 Policy Changes:

1. NRCA Fire Damage Restoration 60 0 60

2. Pacific Sound Resources Litigation 940 0 940

3. Emergency Fire Suppression 23,516 1,307 24,823

4. Access Roads (SHB 2506) 0 161 161

5. State-owned forest land (ESHB 2753) 0 178 178

6. Marina Rent Study 0 40 40

7. Recreation Site & Trail Maintenance 450 0 450

Total Policy Changes 24,966 1,686 26,652

2003-05 Revised Appropriations 89,525 217,349 306,874

Difference from Original Appropriations 24,985 1,744 26,729

% Change from Original Appropriations 38.7% 0.8% 9.5%

Comments:

1. NRCA Fire Damage Restoration - Funding is provided for habitat restoration in the Department-managed Loomis Natural Resource Conservation Area (NRCA), which sustained damage as a result of fighting the Farewell Creek fire during the summer of

2003. Restoration work for this conservation area will meet a higher standard than restoration on non-conservation lands, and will include reshaping slopes to the natural contour and the replanting of a fire road with native vegetation.

2. Pacific Sound Resources Litigation - One-time funding is provided for legal defense costs related to a toxic-cleanup lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court by Pacific Sound Resources (PSR) and the Port of Seattle against the state of Washington, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and other defendants. The Port and PSR, a former wood-treating company, are seeking between $20.0 million and $40.0 million in costs associated with contamination cleanup at a waterfront site formerly leased from

DNR. Settlement discussions have not been successful and trial is scheduled for February 2005.

3. Emergency Fire Suppression - One-time funding is provided for incurred and anticipated emergency fire suppression costs during Fiscal Year 2004 in excess of the Department's existing fire suppression appropriations. Funding includes $1.0 million in anticipated fire suppression costs. Funding is also provided in the appropriations for the Department of Fish and Wildlife to offset costs incurred by the Department of Natural Resources for fire suppression on Fish and Wildlife lands. Emergency fire suppression funding is not provided for indirect and administrative costs within the Department. (General Fund-State, General Fund-Federal)

4. Access Roads (SHB 2506) - Funding is provided to implement Substitute House Bill 2506, (allowing property owners to acquire access to landlocked parcels across public lands). This bill requires the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to grant easements and other rights on state lands to landlocked property owners under certain conditions.

(Forest Development Account-State, Resources Management Cost Account-State)

5. State-owned forest land (ESHB 2753) - Funding is provided to implement Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2753 (state-owned forest land). The bill provides for the Joint Legislative Forest Management Work Group to study the third party certification options available to the state and to provide a small business economic analysis statement. (Forest Development Account-State, Resources

Management Cost Account-State, Agricultural College Trust Management Account-State)

6. Marina Rent Study - Funding is provided for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to calculate the rent for DNR-leased marinas to be based on a percentage of a marina's income and to recommend an appropriate formula to the 2005 legislature. (Aquatic

Lands Enhancement Account-State)

7. Recreation Site & Trail Maintenance - DNR manages an estimated 250 miles of trails and 45 recreation sites on public lands with General Fund-State funds. This funding level assumes that these sites will be maintained and remain open for public use.

 

 

House Fish and Wildlife:

Please note: The items highlighted in YELLOW have been replaced by the items highlighted in RED.

 

6 Sec. 306. 2003 1st sp.s. c 25 s 307 (uncodified) is amended to

7 read as follows:

8 FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

9 General Fund--State Appropriation (FY 2004) . . . . . (($41,453,000))

10 $41,600,000

11 General Fund--State Appropriation (FY 2005) . . . . . (($40,179,000))

12 $40,494,000

13 General Fund--Federal Appropriation . . . . . . . . . (($31,632,000))

14 $40,316,000

15 General Fund--Private/Local Appropriation . . . . . . (($24,300,000))

16 $29,420,000

17 Off Road Vehicle Account--State

18 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $501,000

19 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account--State

20 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,620,000

21 Public Safety and Education Account--State

22 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $562,000

23 Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Account--

24 State Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($3,392,000))

25 $3,467,000

26 Warm Water Game Fish Account--State

27 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,568,000

28 Eastern Washington Pheasant Enhancement Account--

29 State Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $750,000

30 Wildlife Account--State Appropriation . . . . . . . . (($57,138,000))

31 $58,922,000

32 Wildlife Account--Federal Appropriation . . . . . . . (($38,216,000))

33 $29,532,000

34 Wildlife Account--Private/Local

35 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($15,158,000))

36 $10,038,000

37 ((Game)) Special Wildlife Account--State

ESHB 2459 p. 104

1 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($1,949,000))

2 $2,068,000

3 ((Game)) Special Wildlife Account--Federal

4 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($9,598,000))

5 $8,720,000

6 ((Game)) Special Wildlife Account--Private/Local

7 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($350,000))

8 $450,000

9 Environmental Excellence Account--State

10 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,000

11 Regional Fisheries Salmonid Recovery Account--

12 Federal Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,750,000

13 Oil Spill Prevention Account--State

14 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $981,000

15 Oyster Reserve Land Account--State

16 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($137,000))

17 $411,000

18 TOTAL APPROPRIATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($276,249,000))

19 $278,185,000

 

2003-05 Revised Omnibus Operating Budget (2004 Supp)

Dept of Fish and Wildlife

(Dollars in Thousands)

As Passed House

GF-S Other Total

2003-05 Original Appropriations 81,632 196,208 277,840

Total Maintenance Changes 140 -407 -267

2004 Policy Changes:

1. Contract Management System 150 150 300

2. Hunter Education 0 43 43

3. Oyster Reserve 0 274 274

4. Select Fishery-Lake Wash & E. WA 0 150 150

5. Economic Rec Fisheries (SHB 2920) 60 0 60

6. Razor Clam License (SHB 2621) 0 16 16

7. Fish and Wildlife Moneys (SHB 2626) 0 70 70

8. Dungeness Crab Card (SHB 2431) 0 417 417

9. Commercial License Buyback 112 0 112

10. Habitat Mitigation Agreements 0 200 200

11. Critical Wildlife Disease Testing 0 180 180

12. Wildfire 0 416 416

13. Access Area Maintenance 0 166 166

Total Policy Changes 322 2,082 2,404

2003-05 Revised Appropriations 82,094 197,883 279,977

Difference from Original Appropriations 462 1,675 2,137

% Change from Original Appropriations 0.6% 0.9% 0.8%

Comments:

1. Contract Management System - The current contract management system within the Department tracks approximately 1,300 contracts and amendments annually. The Department has developed the first phase of a revised system and seeks to complete the system. This item provides one-time funding for completion of the financial reporting components of the system to provide timely and relevant management information about projects and funding. It is assumed that future operations and maintenance needs for the system are to be absorbed by the Department. (General Fund-State, State Wildlife Account-State)

2. Hunter Education - Increasing demand for hunter education has limited the Department's ability to provide adequate numbers of courses to the public and/or retain sufficient numbers of qualified instructors. This item provides one-time funding of $40,000 for instructor training and recognition costs and an increase of $3,500 in ongoing funding for classroom materials and out-of-pocket instructor costs. (State Wildlife Account-State)

3. Oyster Reserve - During the 2001-03 Biennium, revenues from the oyster reserve program exceeded initial projections by roughly $160,000. The success of the program requires additional work to maintain existing revenues and to expand the program to increase revenues in future years. Initial authority allowed the department to use 40 percent of the revenue to administer the program, to return 10 percent to the state General Fund, and to transfer 50 percent to the Puget Sound Action Team for distribution as grants to improve septic systems in coastal areas of Southwest Washington. This item provides an increase of $274,000 to continue and expand current activities and brings the total spending to $411,000 per biennium. (Oyster Reserve Lands Account-State)

4. Select Fishery-Lake Wash & E. WA - Preliminary forecasts indicate a Lake Washington Sockeye salmon return of roughly 600,000 fish. The number of fish returning is expected to be 20-25 percent higher than the 1990 season when that fishery provided an estimated economic value to the region of $6.0 million. For 2004, the projected economic value to the region is estimated at $9.0 to $12.0 million. To provide this recreational opportunity to the public, the Department must increase fishery monitoring and sampling to ensure that fish listed under the Endangered Species Act are adequately protected. This item provides one-time funding to conduct supplemental monitoring and sampling to open the Lake Washington Sockeye Fishery and one additional Eastern Washington recreational fishery during the 2004 season. (Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Account, State Wildlife Account-State)

5. Economic Rec Fisheries (SHB 2920) - Funding is provided for the Department to work with up to six special economic advisory committees and to consider the economic impacts of alternative fishing seasons to local economies, pursuant to Substitute House Bill 2920 (special economic recreational fisheries).

6. Razor Clam License (SHB 2621) - Funding is provided to administer a new razor clam license as outlined in Substitute House Bill 2621 (razor clam license). The bill establishes an annual and a three-day razor clam license, eliminates the two-day personal use shellfish and seaweed license, and limits the ability of the Department to collect personal information from an applicant. The threeday razor clam license is $3.30 for both residents and non-residents and the annual razor clam license costs $5.50 for a Washington resident and $11.00 for a non-resident. In addition, razor clam licenses are assessed a surcharge for biotoxin testing and monitoring. (State Wildlife Account-State)

8. Dungeness Crab Card (SHB 2431) - Funding is provided to implement Substitute House Bill 2431 (dungeness crab endorsement ). The bill requires the Department to use revenue from the sale of dungeness catch record cards for sampling and monitoring of the harvest associated with the dungeness crab recreational fisheries. The bill requires a catch record card endorsement for Puget Sound recreational fishers to take or possess dungeness crab. The endorsements may not exceed $3.00. (State Wildlife

Account-State)

9. Commercial License Buyback - Funding is provided to buy back purse seine fishing licenses as part of a commercial license buyback program. This program allows salmon fishers the opportunity to sell their licenses back to the state and exit from salmon fisheries.

10. Habitat Mitigation Agreements - Funding for upland habitat mitigation agreements in the Snake River region is transferred from the capital budget to the operating budget. The $500,000 capital appropriation from the wildlife account for this purpose is deleted. Instead, $500,000 from the wildlife account is transferred to the special wildlife account to be available for appropriations for habitat mitigation agreements over multiple biennia. (Special Wildlife Account - State, Special Wildlife Account - Federal/Local)

11. Critical Wildlife Disease Testing - In the 2002 supplemental budget, the Department received $180,000 in Fiscal Year 2003 to help control wildlife disease, such as chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and elk, and to document sources of swan lead poisoning. However, the supplemental funding was not fully recognized in the 2003-05 budget. This item fully funds these activities in the second year. Of the amount provided, $115,000 is to continue CWD testing in deer and elk and $65,000 is provided to document the extent of lead poisoning in swans and to begin the process of environmental cleanup. (State Wildlife Account-State)

12. Wildfire - Wildfires burned in excess of 6,250 acres of Department lands during the summer of 2003. Funding is provided for fire suppression costs and rehabilitation costs on agency lands. The Department will reimburse $122,000 of these funds to the Department of Natural Resources for fire suppression costs on Fish and Wildlife lands. Rehabilitation includes erosion control, restoring native perennial vegetation, and limiting the spread of noxious weeds. Additional funding in the amount of $166,000 is provided for restoration of deer, elk, and boundary fencing on agency lands destroyed by wildfires. (State Wildlife Account-State)

13. Access Area Maintenance - Increased use of agency access sites has resulted in steady deterioration of boat ramps, signs, fences, and restrooms as well as an erosion of agency weed control efforts at these sites. Funding is provided from the sale of vehicle use permits to support maintenance and weed control activities at boat ramps, signs, fences, and restrooms. (State-Wildlife Account- State)