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Program A: Water Resources Program

Program Authorization: R.S. 30:2071 - 2077.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Office of Water Resources is to ensure that the citizens of Louisiana have clean and healthy water to drink and use for present and future generations by regulating pollution sources and providing technical support for the restoration of polluted waters. Clean and healthy water is vital to the survival and progress of the state of Louisiana. Ground water is the primary source of drinking water for 61% of the state's residents (DOTD/USGS "Water Use Survey", 1995). The goal of this program is to maintain and enhance the quality of the waters of the state. Louisiana currently leads the nation in the amount of toxic wastes discharged to surface waters. This program has only one activity, Surface Water.

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

The Water Resources Program is funded with General Fund, Interagency Transfers, Fees and Self-generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. The Interagency Transfer is from the Department of Health and Hospitals for source water protection in conjunction with Safe Drinking Water. Fees and Self-Generated Revenues are derived from the sale of regulations, manifest forms, photocopies, etc. Statutory Dedications are from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF). (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The revenue from the ETF is derived from all fees pursuant to the authority granted in R.S. 30:2014, R.S. 39:55.2 and any other provisions of law authorizing the department to assess fees. Such fees are used only for the purpose for which they are assessed. Federal funds are authorized by the Clean Water Act, as amended, P.L. 95-217, 97-117; 100-433 USC 1251.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$730,367

$18,398,353

233

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$141,233

0

 

BA-7 approved November 20, 1998 for the Source Water Assessment Program in order to provide for seven individuals within this office to begin field work on assessing problems with the various municipalities wastewater treatment plants throughout the state

 

 

 

 

 

$730,367

$18,539,586

233

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$5,762

$95,167

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$6,506

$169,399

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999 - 2000

$0

($40,433)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment

($5,133)

($629,097)

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

$1,574

0

 

Maintenance of State-owned Buildings

$0

$724,029

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

$0

($179,493)

0

 

Attrition

$0

$307,682

0

 

Other Annualizations 36 positions added during FY 99 Budget Process for 3 months worth of funding

($25,000)

($25,000)

0

 

Other Nonrecurring Adjustments Port Barre for acquisition/install of lift pumps added during Session FY 98

$7,781

$266,301

0

Other Adjustments Adjustment(s) for automatic upgrades, reallocations and training series

$0

$27,807

Other Adjustments Funding provided for increase in building rent due to the re-bid of the Southeast Regional Office lease in FY 2000 in Kenner, Louisiana

$0

($39,032)

(1)

 

Other Technical Adjustments Transfer of 1 Watershed Support Laboratory position to the Office Management and Finance, Water Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

$720,283

   $19,221,105

232

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

($10,084)

$681,519

(1)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 104.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 99.0% of the total request ($19,453,098) for this program. The increase is primarily due to classified state employees merit increases, salary base adjustment, and funding provided automatic upgrades, reallocations and training series. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$79,000

 

Contract for medical exams to detect possible human contamination from exposures to work related activities

$10,000

 

Contract for Court Reporting to record depositions during the process of discovery during an appeal and testimony from witnesses during hearings

$50,000

 

Contract for Fish Consumption Study which is a survey of Louisiana residents to determine the rate of seafood consumption for purposes of establishing appropriate risk assessment guidelines

$10,000

 

Contract for Expert Witnesses to provide assistance to DEQ in preparation of taking an enforcement action to trial

$100,000

 

Contract for Analytical Services laboratory services to analyze tissue, soil and water samples collected during complaint and contamination investment

$100,000

 

Contract for developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) - federal law requires the development of TMDLs. TMDLs are used to help determine appropriate discharge limitations for each discharge to a waterbody which is not meeting stream standards

$10,000

 

Contract for analysis - to determine critical flows, harmonic mean flows, Total Suspended Solids and hardness values in support of the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting process

   

 $6,000

 

Enforcement Action Delivery Delivery of Enforcement Actions by Law Enforcement Officials 

     

$365,000

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$275,000

 

The non-point source program consists of statewide educational programs and watershed projects directed at reducing and controlling non-point sources of water pollution

#C9-996102-01: Non-point #4062/4063

$25,000

 

Groundwater: EPA Grant #C9-996102-01 The non-point source consists of statewide educational programs and watershed projects directed at reducing and controlling non-point sources of water pollution

$12,000

 

EPA Grant #CM#-996157-01: Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Program - This grant supports the Municipal Water Pollution Program which focuses on the actions needed to prevent water pollution by assessing the physical and operational capabilities of municipal wastewater facilities on a regular basis

$1,100,000

 

The non-point source program consists of statewide educational programs and watershed projects directed at reducing and controlling non-point sources of water pollution.

EPA Grant #C9-996102: Non-point Source Project #4067&#4068

$456,000

 

The non-point source program consists of statewide educational programs and watershed projects directed at reducing and controlling non-point sources of water pollution.

#C9-996102-03 Project #4072

$807,950

 

Under the Clean Water Act, DEQ is required to monitor the quality of surface waters in LA and institute water quality based controls where technology based controls are not sufficient to preserve the intended use of a water body. Because DEQ's engineering section lacks personnel to provide all of the technical and engineering support that is required, EPA provides these grants to fund this technical and engineering support.

# C6-220000-36 Water Quality Management Planning Project #4070

 

 

# DEQ Project 4069 Watershed Project

 

 

# EPA X-996585-01 Project #4078 Watershed Based Pilot Program

 

 

# 996597-01 Project #4079 Pilot Program

 

 

# X-996688-01 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) Project #4080

 

 

# C6-220000-37 Water Quality Management Planning Project #4089

 

 

# C6-220000 Water Quality Management Planning #4075 Federal Grant

$70,000

 

Mercury: Air Monitoring Equipment and Sampling of 15 statewide sites - to analyze tissue, soil and water samples collected for Mercury Contamination Investigations

$50,000

 

Mercury: Department of Health and Hospitals studies in humans - to analyze tissue, soil and water samples collected for Mercury Contamination Investigations

$30,000

 

Mercury: Department of Health and Hospitals public awareness of Mercury - PR work - to analyze tissue, soil and water samples collected for Mercury Contamination Investigations

$50,000

 

Mercury: Research into La Mercury sources and possible cleanup methods - to analyze tissue, soil and water samples collected for Mercury Contamination Investigations

$200,000

 

Mercury Investigations and Sediment Investigation #4002 - to analyze tissue, soil and water samples collected for Mercury Contamination Investigations

$502,295

 

Safe Drinking Water Fund The purpose of this new service is to comply with mandates that each state complete a Source Water Assessment Program within twenty-four months of the program approval. These funds will be used by field individuals to perform assessment work on the various water systems throughout the state.

$30,000

 

Funding provided for Global Positioning System (GPS) Survey of DEQ Permitted Facilities Federal Grant

Project #4088

$1,097,403

 

National Estuary Program - Cooperative agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency to study and evaluate identified priority problems in the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuarine complex and educate the public on the status on this complex

$300,000

 

Federal Grant for FY98 104 (b)(3) to facilitate implementation by the Gulf of Mexico program for the increase of Gulf Shellfish beds available for safe harvest

$300,000

 

Federal Grant for FY99 104 (b)(3) to facilitate implementation by the Gulf of Mexico program for the increase of Gulf Shellfish beds available for safe harvest

 $80,000

 

U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Agreement Hydrology Measurements Joint Streamflow Monitoring Joint program to characterize the hydrology and hydraulics of the waters of the state

$237,015

 

Non-point Source EPA Grant #4076 The non-point source program consists of statewide educational programs and watershed projects directed at reducing and controlling non-point sources of water pollution

     

$5,622,663

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$108,234

 

Department of Civil Service for Administrative Law Division

$18,291

 

Department of Civil Service for personnel services

$2,527

 

Division of Administration - Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) for training services

$46,000

 

Department of Health and Hospitals for Chloroform Analysis

$8,203

 

Division of Administration for rent in state owned buildings (Shreveport Office Building)

 $25,000

 

Tangiaphoa River Basin to be transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry

$169,000

 

Forestry Education Basin to be transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Forestry

$100,000

 

Mercury Contimination to be transferred to the Department of Health and Hospitals/Office of Public Health

     

$477,255

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$1,048,936

 

Replacement of thirteen (13) vehicles, library reference materials, water monitoring equipment, and major repairs to boats/airplane, etc.

 

 

 

$1,048,936

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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