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Program A: Coastal Restoration and Management

Program Authorization: R.S. 30:311; 36:351, 358; 39:1481(a); 49:213

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Each year, thousands of acres of productive coastal wetlands are lost to erosion and human activities. The mission of the Coastal Restoration and Management Program is to serve as the leader for the development, implementation, operation, maintenance and monitoring of coastal restoration plans and projects and is the designated state cost-share partner for said projects. The Coastal Restoration and Management Program coordinates point with various federal and state task forces, other federal and state agencies, the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities (GOCA), the public, the Louisiana Legislature, and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation on matters relating to the conservation, restoration, enhancement, management and permitting of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands carried out through its two major divisions: Coastal Restoration Division and Coastal Management Division. The goal of this program is to continue to implement duly authorized and funded projects to preserve, enhance, restore and protect the coastal wetlands of Louisiana so they will remain productive and available for the continued economic and recreational use of the citizens of Louisiana. There are two activities in this program: Coastal Restoration Projects and Coastal Permitting.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with General Fund Direct, Interagency Transfers, Fees and Self-generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications, and Federal Funds. Interagency Transfer funds are from the LA Oil Spill Coordinator's Office for planning and assistance in the development of an oil spill emergency plan. Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from permit application and consistency fees. Statutory Dedications are derived from the Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Fund (Act 6 of the Second Extraordinary Session of 1989) which provide for the development and implementation of a program to conserve, restore, and enhance Louisiana's coastal wetlands, as well as the operational costs of this program in accordance with the Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Plan. (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) Federal Funds are grants made to this program from the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Marine Fisheries, and the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA), Title III of S.2244 (P.L. 101-646) for planning and implementation of coastal restoration projects and activities. In addition, Federal Funds are also received from the Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for Louisiana's approved coastal management program. In FY 96-97, $7.8 M of General Fund was provided in order for the Office of Coastal Restoration to have sufficient funds to match and capture the federal CWPPRA funds for coastal restoration projects. At the January, 1997 meeting of the Revenue Estimating Conference, the estimates for the Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Fund for FY 96-97 was revised upward. Therefore, the General Fund Support was not necessary.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$33,457,951

127

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$26,414,250

0

 

Carry forwards for multi-year coastal projects

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$59,872,201

127

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET – November 20, 1998

         

$0

$160,014

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 -1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$0

$77,396

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$0

($40,663)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment

$0

$88,000

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($69,000)

0

 

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($26,414,250)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carry Forward for 68 multi-year grants/contracts for the state’s match on CWPPRA projects which could not be completed prior to June 30, 1998

$0

$894,317

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

$0

($100,661)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment

$0

$300,000

0

Workload – Interagency Transfers to the Office of the Secretary for GIS Lab

$0

($215,350)

0

Other Nonrecurring Adjustment – For reduction in the cost of IAT agreements with various agencies (I.e. Department of Agriculture, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities, etc.)

$0

($2,000,000)

0

Other Nonrecurring Adjustments – For one time funding for Holly Beach Project

$0

$523

0

 

Other Adjustments – For Civil Service reallocation of professional engineers

$0

$199,733

0

 

Other Adjustments – Prior year U.S. Geological Survey contracts that were not carry forwarded

$0

$10,830

0

 

Other Adjustments – Oil Spill Liaison position from the Office of the Governor

$0

$2,423,701

0

 

Other Adjustments – Provides for the state's match to the Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) projects list VIII(, and other state and federal coastal restoration projects

$102,169

$204,338

1

 

New and Expanded Adjustments – Provides funding for a Hydrolysis position to supervise the opening of cuts and gaps in the pipeline canals located in the Atchafalaya Basin Floodway System

 

 

 

 

 

$102,169

$35,391,129

128

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$102,169

 ($24,481,072)

1

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 59.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 75.0% of the total request ($47,270,511) for this program. The 41.2% decrease is primarily due to non-recurring carry forwards for multi-year coastal restoration projects and one time funding provided for Holly Beach Project. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for one (1) year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$10,000

 

To Be Assigned - Other Professional Services for expert analysis, expert witness concerning permit legal appeals

$8,000

 

Hunter Air Service - Other professional Services for field investigation relative to permit requirements and enforcement

 

 

 

$18,000

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$25,373,814

 

Provides for the state's match to the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) projects list VI, and various other state and federal coastal restoration projects, including outreach programs and other expenses associated with these projects

$204,338

 

Provides funding for a Hydrolysis position to supervise the opening of cuts and gaps in the pipeline canals located in the Atchafalaya Basin Floodway System

 

 

 

$25,578,152

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$681,283

 

DNR - Office of the Secretary for indirect cost from the Coastal Zone Division for administrative and support services

$267,063

 

DNR - Office of the Secretary for indirect cost from the Coastal Management Division for administrative and support services

$42,917

 

DNR - Office of the Secretary for printing and postage for Joint Public Notices for the Coastal Management Division

$94,785

 

LSU for geological reviews

$17,500

 

LSU for geological survey cartographer

$88,965

 

DNR - Office of the Secretary for maintenance in state owned buildings

$355,000

 

DNR - Office of the Secretary for GIS support associated with the oyster leases

$310,000

 

Office of the Governor for coastal activities

$316,103

 

Agriculture & Forestry for vegetated plantings

$448,200

 

Wildlife and Fisheries for Caernarvon/Davis Pond Project for fresh water environmental monitoring

$50,000

 

Wildlife and Fisheries for Nutria Control Project to protect the marsh along the LA coast

$7,000

 

Secretary of State for microfilming

$650

 

Division of Administration for Office of the State Register for printing rules, etc.

$10,245

 

LSU for non-point source pollution data services

$50,000

 

Governor’s office of permits – Memorandum of Understanding

 $25,000

 

DNR – Office of the Secretary for Fishermen’s Gear activity 

$199,733

 

Payment for prior year contracts with U.S.G.S.

$300,000

 

Office of the Secretary for GIS Lab support for implementing and monitoring projects

     

$3,264,444

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$50,000

 

Coastal Management Section - Replacement of two (2) 17 foot boats, motors and trailers purchased in 1979

$19,000

 

Coastal Management Section - Replacement of one (1) vehicle for use by employees in field offices

$19,000

 

Fishermen’s Gear Section – New vehicle for Auditors to be used in the field

 

 

 

$88,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

 


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