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Program C: Water Resources

Program Authorization: R.S.: 38:1-3098, 3451-3463

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$525,000

$3,158,763

38

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$533

0

 

Carryforward BA7 for Professional Services for the development of a master plan for administering water resources

 

 

 

 

 

$525,000

         $3,159,296

38

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($533)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carryforward - miscellaneous

$0

($203)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s)

$0

$29,156

0

 

Annualization of 1997-'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

($83,697)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

($9,071)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustments

$0

$41,211

0

 

Restoration in various Expenditure Categories

 

 

 

 

 

$525,000

$3,136,159

38

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($23,137)

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

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.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$50,000

 

Planning services to develop a master plan for management and development of water resources statewide

$45,000

 

Consultant services to inspect a backlog of water wells in a seven parish area of District 62 to insure new homeowners that the wells are properly constructed, disinfected, etc.

 

 

 

$95,000

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$150,000

 

U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) - National Mapping Program - Topographic maps are compiled, revised, issued and made available to the public

$480,000

 

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

$31,000

 

Sabine River Compact - Agreement between Louisiana and Texas for monitoring, management and apportionment of Sabine River waters

$550

 

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

$800

 

Capital City Court - court hearing charges, reporter recording and transcription fees

$100,000

 

Poverty Point Reservoir Commission

$150,000

 

Fifth Louisiana Levee District

$275,000

 

Amite River Basin Commission

 

 

 

$1,187,350

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

 

 

 

$18,023

 

Replace office equipment i.e., personal computers and file cabinets, etc.

 

 

 

$18,023

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

07 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT


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