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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 surface quality. 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

1. The Department of Environmental Quality and the Office of Planning and Budget do not agree upon a mutually acceptable objective for this performance information.

2. The Water Resources Program will initiate investigation of all reports of spills and citizen complaints within five days of receipt throughout FY 1998-99.

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 and from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, P.L. 94-580 42 USC 6931.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$557,417

$15,804,853

197

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$21,016

0

 

Carryforward BA-7 to purchase one (1) vehicle that could not be delivered prior to June 30, 1997 due to a strike at the manufacturing plant

 

 

 

 

 

$557,417

$15,825,869

197

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10,1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($21,016)

0

 

Non-Recurring Carryforward for the purchase of one (1) vehicle which could not be delivered prior to June 30, 1997

($1,225)

$615,950

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Nonrecurring: -$566,650; Replacement/New: +$1,177,400)

$1,560

$123,682

0

 

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

$3,946

$152,099

0

 

1998-'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($17,715)

($442,876)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

($4,254)

0

 

Adjustment(s) for Civil Service, Training and Other Statewide Interagency Transfer Activities

$0

($1,636)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

$0

($215)

0

 

Rent in State-owned Buildings Adjustment(s)

$145,385

$0

0

 

Means of Financing Substitution(s) - Replace Federal Funds with General Fund - The federal grant has been extinguished and can no longer support the administrative cost of the Estuary activity. Funding can not be obtained from Statutory Dedication (ETF) because fees are not collected for this activity.

$16,066

$70,612

0

 

Funding provided for Incumbent Adjustments and Automatic Upgrades

$0

$361,062

0

 

Funding provided for the Source Water Protection activity which will be used in conjunction with the Safe Drinking Water Program which is funded in Municipal Facilities Revolving Loan Fund 21-860

$0

$1,694,143

36

 

New/Expanded funding provided for the placement of personnel into the field collecting data every other week to support in-house staff that will complete the water quality modeling, report preparation, public participation, commitments, implementation, and assessment of the completed Total Maximum Daily Loads. This funding is available as a result of Act 1254 of the 1997 Regular Session which authorizes a fee increase in Water Resources.

 

 

 

 

 

$705,434

          $18,373,420

233

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$148,017

$2,547,551

36

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 116.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 99.5% of the total request ($18,461,339) for this program. The increase is primarily due to providing funding for the placement of personnel into the field collecting data every other week to support in-house staff that will complete the water quality modeling, and report preparation. Funding is provided for the Source Water Protection activity which will be used in conjunction with the Safe Drinking Water Program and new/ replacement equipment. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$90,000

 

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

$100,000

 

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

$5,000

 

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

$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 discharger 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

 

 

 

 

 

$365,000

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$80,000

 

U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Agreement - Hydrology Measurement Joint Stream Flow Monitoring - Joint program to characterize the hydrology and hydraulics of the waters of the state

$484,585

 

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

$36,998

 

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

$1,473,498

 

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

$358,958

 

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

$486,844

 

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

$50,000

 

This grant provides funding for a water use reduction project at the Greater Baton Rouge Zoo. Reducing the volume when organic loading of pollutants to the receiving streams will diminish the zoo's impact on the environment.

#X-996618-01 Project #4081 Pollution Prevention B.R. ZOO

$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

$110,145

 

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 Groundwater Project #9010

$190,500

 

Funding provided for data to support Total Maximum Daily Loads in River Basins - Federal Grant

Project #4090

$10,000

 

Funding provided for Sewage Sludge Workshop - Federal Grant

Project #4083

$20,437

 

Funding provided for Landowners Guide to Wetlands Management - Federal Grant

Project #4084

$15,000

 

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

$600,000

 

Federal Grant to carry on the federally required functions of the Estuary Program

$361,062

 

Funding provided for the Source Water Protection activity which will be used in conjunction with the Safe Drinking Water Program that is funded in Municipal Facilities Revolving Loan Fund 21-860

 

 

 

$5,775,430

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$108,234

 

Department of Civil Service for Administrative Law Division

$15,676

 

Department of Civil Service for personnel services

$2,527

 

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

$45,000

 

Department of Health and Hospitals for Chloroform Analysis

$6,629

 

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

 

 

 

$178,066

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$1,678,100

 

Replacement of eleven (11) vehicles, library reference materials, boats, water monitoring equipment, 1 new vehicle, and major repairs to boats and an airplane, etc.

 

 

 

$1,678,100

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

13 DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY


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