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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 seek to reduce these losses through conservation, development, and where feasible, restoration and enhancement. To accomplish this the program regulates activities which impact wetlands and funds (partly or fully) the construction of projects designed to conserve or restore coastal vegetated wetlands. These activities are conducted with full consideration of the many uses of coastal resources and of the economic values of the area. The goal of this program is to 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

1. The Coastal Restoration and Management Program will ensure that, during FY 97-98, the loss of wetlands resulting from activities regulated by the program will be offset by actions which provide equivalent wetland functional value (as stipulated by permit conditions).

2. The Coastal Restoration and Management Program will develop and construct projects to create, restore, enhance or conserve 194,830 acres of vegetated coastal wetlands during the fiscal year.

1 This includes all projects-local, state, or federal funding-excluding Christmas trees and vegetative planting projects

2 These projects, coordinated with local governments, use discarded Christmas trees to induce sedimentation.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with 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

$31,639,972

127

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$35,116,786

0

 

Carryforwards for multi-year coastal projects

$0

$60,550

1

 

Fishermen's Gear Activity and one position was transferred from the Office of Conservation

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$66,817,308

128

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($35,116,786)

0

 

Non-Recurring Carryforwards for multi-year coastal restoration projects

$0

($142,203)

0

 

Non-Recurring Adjustment(s) 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

($274,998)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s)

$0

$223,771

0

 

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

$0

$63,909

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

($28,123)

(1)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

$0

$400,675

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

($19,269)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

($588,604)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund Salaries

$0

$122,271

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

$0

$0

0

 

Means of Financing Substitution(s) - Replace Interagency Transfers with Statutory Dedications per the LA Oil Spill Coordinator's Office

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$31,457,951

127

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

         ($35,359,357)

(1)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 47.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 47.9% of the total request ($65,719,207) for this program. The 52.9% decrease is primarily due to non-recurring carryforwards for multi-year coastal restoration projects. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$10,000

 

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

$23,200,113

 

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

 

 

 

$23,200,113

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$681,283

 

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

$267,063

 

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

$35,595

 

LSU for Marsh Buggy - a study to minimize the damage caused by marsh buggies on coastal lands

$60,000

 

LSU - Oil and Gas Pipeline to update the oil and gas maps

$50,000

 

LSU for geological survey cartographer

$88,965

 

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

$105,000

 

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

$50,000

 

Governor's Office of Permits - Memorandum of Understanding

$650

 

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

$80,000

 

LSU for non-point source pollution data services

$42,500

 

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

 

 

 

$2,730,061

 

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

 

 

 

$69,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

 


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