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2004 Supplemental Omnibus Operating Budget

Senate Chair

(Dollars in Thousands)

FTEs GF-S Total

Natural Resources Overview

Department of Ecology 12.1 3,823 6,209

State Parks and Recreation Comm 1.0 87 1,049

Interagency Comm for Outdoor Rec 2.5 315 440

Environmental Hearings Office 0.0 49 49

Dept of Fish and Wildlife 1.4 470 1,838

Department of Natural Resources 2.5 24,893 26,408

Department of Agriculture 5.3 2,284 2,516

Total Natural Resources 24.6 31,921 38,509

 

2003-05 Revised Omnibus Operating Budget (2004 Supp)

Interagency Comm for Outdoor Rec

(Dollars in Thousands)

Senate Chair

FTEs GF-S Total

2003-05 Original Appropriations 25.1 2,502 24,260

2004 Policy Changes:

1. Biodiversity Strategy 1.5 125 250

2. Land Acquisition Study (SSB 6242) 1.0 190 190

Total Policy Changes 2.5 315 440

2003-05 Revised Appropriations 27.6 2,817 24,700

Comments:

1. Biodiversity Strategy - Chapter 287, Laws of 2002, created a temporary committee at the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation to develop recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature in establishing the framework for the development and implementation of a statewide biodiversity conservation strategy. This strategy is intended to replace existing single-species or single resource protection programs with a more holistic approach. On October 1, 2003, the committee finalized its report and recommendations. State funds will be matched by private funding to initiate a new activity within the agency that begins implementing the Biodiversity Committee's recommendations. (General Fund-State, General Fund-Private/Local)

2. Land Acquisition Study (SSB 6242) - Funding is provided for a study regarding acquisition of habitat and recreational lands by state agencies as required by SSB 6242. The study will identify acquisitions and disposals of habitat and recreational lands since 1980, identifying funding authority, location, size, purpose, and what agency acquired the property. The study will also recommend a statewide strategy for acquisition of habitat and recreational lands.

 

Please note: The items highlighted below in YELLOW have been replaced by the items highlighted in RED.

 

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

15 read as follows:

16 FOR THE INTERAGENCY COMMITTEE FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION

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

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

19 $1,571,000

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

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

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

23 Recreation Resources Account--State

24 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,608,000

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

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

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

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

29 $24,700,000

10 (c) An examination of how the department of natural resources

11 determines the proportion of fire suppression costs charged to private

12 parties and the landowners contingency account; and

13 (d) Any findings and recommendations from the state auditorís

14 office related to fire suppression costs.

 

3 (3) $100,000 of the general fund--state appropriation for fiscal

4 year 2005 is provided solely for a review of emergency fire suppression

5 costs in the department of natural resources. The state auditor's

6 office shall coordinate this study with the joint legislative audit and

7 review committee performance audit of the emergency fire suppression

8 program. The state auditor's review of fire suppression costs shall

9 examine payroll documents and invoices to determine if appropriate

10 controls are in place to ensure that only appropriate emergency fires

11 suppression costs are charged to the emergency fire suppression budget.

 

State Parks and Trails

State Trails

7 (16) $200,000 of the general fund--state appropriation for fiscal

8 year 2005 is provided solely for providing public access to camp sites

9 and trails maintained by the department. This additional funding,

10 along with existing funding from the off road vehicle account is

11 intended to fully fund current access to camp sites and trails. If

12 additional funding is required to avoid closures to camp sites and

13 trails during the 2003-05 biennium, the department shall reduce

14 expenditures for agency administration by five percent and redeploy

15 those general fund resources to the recreation program prior to closing

16 any camp sites or trails.

 

 

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

 

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

2 read as follows:

3 FOR THE STATE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

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

5 $30,015,000

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

7 $30,034,000

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

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

10 Winter Recreation Program Account--State

11 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,079,000

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

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

14 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account--State

15 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $332,000

16 Public Safety and Education Account--State

17 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $47,000

18 Parks Renewal and Stewardship Account--

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

20 $34,431,000

21 Parks Renewal and Stewardship Account--Private/Local

22 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300,000

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

24 $104,042,000

 

State Parks and Trails

5 (16) $200,000 of the general fund--state appropriation for fiscal

6 year 2005 is provided solely for providing public access to camp sites

7 and trails maintained by the department. This additional funding,

8 along with existing funding from the off road vehicle account is

9 intended to fully fund current access to camp sites and trails. If

10 additional funding is required to avoid closures to camp sites and

11 trails during the 2003-05 biennium, the department shall reduce

12 expenditures for agency administration by five percent and redeploy

13 those general fund resources to the recreation program prior to closing

14 any camp sites or trails.

 

Agency 490 2003-05 Revised Omnibus Operating Budget (2004 Supp)

Department of Natural Resources

(Dollars in Thousands)

Senate Chair

FTEs GF-S Total

2003-05 Original Appropriations 1,440.7 64,540 280,145

Total Maintenance Changes 0.0 19 77

2004 Policy Changes:

1. NRCA Fire Damage Restoration 0.0 60 60

2. Pacific Sound Resources Litigation 0.7 940 940

3. Emergency Fire Suppression 0.0 23,516 24,823

4. Avoiding Camp & Trail Closures 0.0 200 200

5. Forest Health Study (2SSB 6144) 1.0 50 200

6. Mapping of Gravel & Stone Deposits 0.8 108 108

Total Policy Changes 2.5 24,874 26,331

2003-05 Revised Appropriations 1,443.2 89,433 306,553

Comments:

1. NRCA Fire Damage Restoration - One-time 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 replanting with native vegetation, reshaping slopes to the natural contour, and obliterating a fire road.

2. Pacific Sound Resources Litigation - One-time funding and staff are provided to the Contaminated Sediments activity 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, seek between $20 million and $40 million in costs associated with cleaning up contamination 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 to the Fire Suppression activity for incurred and anticipated costs during Fiscal Year 2004, in excess of the department's existing fire suppression appropriations. Funding is also provided in the appropriations for the Department of Fish and Wildlife that will 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. Avoiding Camp & Trail Closures - Funding is provided to avoid closures to camp sites and trails mantained by the department. This additional funding, along with increases provided in the biennial budget from the Off Road Vehicle Account more than restores 2003-05 reductions in General Fund-State support for camp sites and trails. If additional funding is required to avoid closures to camp sites and trails during the 2003-05 biennium, the department is directed to reduce expenditures for agency administration by five percent and redeploy those general fund resources to the recreation program prior to closing any camp sites or trails.

5. Forest Health Study (2SSB 6144) - Funding is provided for implementation of 2SSB 6144 regarding forest health. The bill requires the formation of a work group to study opportunities to address problems of forest health and several reports to be submitted by November and December of 2004. (General Fund-State, Resource Management Cost Account, Forest Development Account)

6. Mapping of Gravel & Stone Deposits - Funding is provided for the mapping of gravel and stone resources for Clark and Yakima counties. The project should produce electronic geologic maps with databases that estimate thickness and volumes of the deposits.

 

 

Department of Natural Resources

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

 

7 Sec. 306. 2003 1st sp.s. c 25 s 308 (uncodified) is amended to

8 read as follows:

9 FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

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

11 $54,329,000

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

13 $35,104,000

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

15 $5,116,000

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

17 Forest Development Account--State

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

19 $52,125,000

20 Off Road Vehicle Account--State

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

22 $4,029,000

23 Surveys and Maps Account--State

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

25 $2,761,000

26 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account--State

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

28 $6,885,000

29 Resources Management Cost Account--State

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

31 $70,468,000

32 Surface Mining Reclamation Account--State

33 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,293,000

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

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

36 Aquatic Land Dredged Material Disposal Site

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

1 Natural Resource Conservation Areas Stewardship

2 Account Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $83,000

3 Air Pollution Control Account--State

4 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $526,000

5 Agricultural College Trust Management Account

6 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,868,000

7 Derelict Vessel Removal Account--State

8 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,130,000

9 TOTAL APPROPRIATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . (($223,844,000))

10 $250,189,000

 

2003-05 Revised Omnibus Operating Budget (2004 Supp)

Dept of Fish and Wildlife

(Dollars in Thousands)

Senate Floor

FTEs GF-S Total

2003-05 Original Appropriations 1,530.3 81,632 277,840

Total Maintenance Changes 0.0 140 -267

2004 Policy Changes:

1. Contract Management System 0.0 150 300

2. Hunter Education 0.0 0 43

3. Oyster Reserve 0.3 0 274

4. Select Fishery-Lake Wash & E. WA 0.0 30 150

5. Facility & Operating Efficiencies 0.0 0 100

6. Fish Acclimation Pond Study 0.0 50 50

7. Mitigate Hatchery Reduction 0.0 50 50

8. Habitat Mitigation Agreements 0.0 0 200

9. Lease Payments & Facility Plan 0.0 50 50

10. Critical Wildlife Disease Testing 0.9 0 180

11. Wildfire 0.0 0 416

12. Access Area Maintenance 0.0 0 166

Total Policy Changes 1.2 330 1,979

2003-05 Revised Appropriations 1,531.4 82,102 279,552

Difference from Original Appropriations 1.2 470 1,712

% Change from Original Appropriations 0.1% 0.6% 0.6%

Comments:

1. Contract Management System - The current contract management system within the department tracks approximately 1,300 contracts and amendments annually. However, the system does not provide timely and/or relevant management information about projects and funding. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has developed the first phase of a revised system and seeks to complete the system. Existing resources within WDFW preclude completion of this project in a timely manner due to decreasing dedicated state, federal and private/local revenues. This item provides one-time funding for completion of the financial reporting components of the system. 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. To provide this recreational opportunity to the public, the department must increase monitoring and sampling during the fishery 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. The Lake Washington fishery is anticipated to generate increased fishing license revenue to help offset the additional costs. (General Fund-State, Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Account)

5. Facility & Operating Efficiencies - Funding is provided for the department to conduct a study of functions and operations in locations in Thurston county in an effort to identify efficiencies that would allow a reduction in the number of sites occupied. The study shall identify all operations and functions in Thurston county locations outside the Natural Resources Building (NRB). Decisions about alternative uses for the warehouse and annex near the Port of Olympia shall not be made until a report is presented to the Legislature on efficiencies that will reduce the need for facility space outside the NRB. (Wildlife Account-State)

6. Fish Acclimation Pond Study - Funding is provide for a feasibility study for an acclimation pond at or near the Chelan fish hatchery.

7. Mitigate Hatchery Reduction - Funding is provided to restore budget reductions that threatened hatchery production and public education opportunities at the Issaquah facility.

8. 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)

9. Lease Payments & Facility Plan - Funding is provided for lease payments for the hatchery manager's residence at the Vancouver facility. Funding is also included for design work for an environmental education facility in cooperation with the Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center.

10. Critical Wildlife Disease Testing - In the 2002 supplemental budget, the department received $180,000 for Fiscal Year 2003 to help control critical wildlife diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk and 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 biennium.

11. Wildfire - Wildfires burned in excess of 6,250 acres of WDFW lands during the summer of 2003. To date, unanticipated fire suppression and rehabilitation costs amount to $250,000. Within this amount, $122,000 shall be paid to the Department of Natural Resources for their costs incurred for fire suppression related to Fish and Wildlife lands. These one-time funds will allow for immediate rehabilitation of lands to control erosion, restore native perennial vegetation, and to limit the spread of noxious weeds. Funding is also provided for restoration of deer, elk and boundary fencing on agency lands destroyed by wildfires.

12. 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. Revenue from the sale of vehicle use permits has increased substantially over the last two years. This item provides funding from dedicated revenues for additional maintenance and weed control at access sites.

 

 

Fish and Wildlife

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

16 Sec. 305. 2003 1st sp.s. c 25 s 307 (uncodified) is amended to

17 read as follows:

18 FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

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

20 $41,600,000

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

22 $40,502,000

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

24 $40,316,000

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

26 $29,420,000

27 Off Road Vehicle Account--State

28 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $501,000

29 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account--State

30 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,620,000

31 Public Safety and Education Account--State

32 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $562,000

33 Recreational Fisheries Enhancement Account--

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

35 $3,512,000

36 Warm Water Game Fish Account--State

37 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,568,000

p. 93 ESSB 6187

1 Eastern Washington Pheasant Enhancement Account--

2 State Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $750,000

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

4 $58,514,000

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

6 $29,532,000

7 Wildlife Account--Private/Local

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

9 $10,038,000

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

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

12 $2,068,000

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

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

15 $8,720,000

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

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

18 $450,000

19 Environmental Excellence Account--State

20 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,000

21 Regional Fisheries Salmonid Recovery Account--

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

23 Oil Spill Prevention Account--State

24 Appropriation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $981,000

25 Oyster Reserve Land Account--State

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

27 $411,000

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

29 $277,830,000