Program Authorization: R.S.: 38:1-3098, 3451-3463
The mission of this program is to provide for the effective administration and implementation of projects relating to controlling, developing, conserving and protecting Louisiana's water resources to meet the current and future needs of the citizens of the state. This program plans, develops, and manages the state's water resources in order to provide for future human and economic development needs. The goal of this program is to provide Louisiana citizens with water resources to meet their current and future needs in a flood free environment. The activities in this program are: Water Resources, Poverty Point Reservoir Commission, and Amite River Basin Commission.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Water Resources Program will work to develop infrastructure to provide Louisiana greater protection from flooding and a more positive environment for economic development. Specifically, the program will conduct the flood control activities of the state in a manner to result in at least a $20 return in protection for each dollar spent, and save the residents of the state at least $6 million annually in flood insurance premiums.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Water Resources Program participates in the development of the maritime infrastructure of the state thereby assisting the important maritime commerce of Louisiana. Specifically, the program will conduct the state's port construction efforts in a manner to result in economic benefits of over $6 for every dollar spent.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Water Resources Program will ensure that all violations discovered in the drilling and installation of water wells are corrected. This will help to ensure continued safe and adequate supplies of ground water for domestic, industrial and agricultural purposes and will ensure rural residents that their water wells are properly constructed and inspected.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with State General Fund, Interagency Transfers, Fees and Self-Generated Revenues and Statutory Dedications. State General Fund support is recommended for the Amite River Basin Commission, the Poverty Point Reservoir Commission, and the 5th Levee District. The Interagency Transfers are from the Department of Public Safety, Office of Emergency Preparedness for the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Assistance Program. This program is intended to identify, prevent and solve flood plain management issues before they develop into problems requiring enforcement action. The Fees and Self-Generated Revenues are fees charged for the licensing of water well drillers. The Statutory Dedication is Transportation Trust Fund-Regular (TTF-Regular) which is comprised of revenue from taxes on fuels and vehicle licenses. (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.)
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 99.2% of the existing operating budget. It represents 114.4% of the total request ($2,741,485) for this program. Request is due to denying the departments request to eliminate funding for the Fifth Levee District Amite River Basin Commission and the Poverty Point Reservoir Commission. The decrease is primarily due to attrition and retirement rate adjustments. This office does not have any positions vacant over 1 year.
U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) - Cooperative Program - The program's two basic activities planned jointly by DOTD and the USGS consists of 1) collecting water data statewide on a systematic basis for structural design, water supply, reservoir and drainage management, water use and pumpage, flood analysis, aquifer analysis, groundwater availability, monitoring of surface and groundwater modeling for quality and quantity, and 2) conducting interpretive hydrologic studies on groundwater modeling, water quality assessments, development of water supplies and associated fields that are "real-world" water problems and concerns
Red River Compact - state assessment shared with Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. To promote interstate continuity by governing the use, control and distribution of the interstate waters of the Red River and its tributaries
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
07 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT
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