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Agricultural Best Management Practices, Stakeholder Group to Evaluate Methods to Stabilize Fluctuations in Funding for

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  • Description: A review shall, at a minimum, (i) consider increasing the portion of any deposit to the Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF) directed to the WQIF reserve, (ii) limiting the portion of the WQIF reserve that may be utilized in any given year, (iii) evaluating the combined revenues available from the WQIF and the Natural Resources Commitment Fund as a step in establishing appropriate expenditures from the combined funds in a given fiscal year, and (iv) distributing any funds to be deposited into the WQIF pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 21.1 of Title 10.1, Code of Virginia, across a biennial period. Such review shall also consider the impact on the staffing and technical assistance needs of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts to ensure that staffing requirements do not fluctuate or exceed their annual ability to fully implement and oversee practices with the funding made available.
  • Report Date: The Stakeholder Group shall report any recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations, Senate Finance and House and Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committees no later than November 15, 2017.
  • Qualifications: The Department of Conservation and Recreation shall convene a stakeholder group to include, at a minimum: two members of the House of Delegates and one member of the Senate from the membership of the Chesapeake Bay Commission who will be selected by the Joint Rules Committee, representatives of the Virginia Farm Bureau Foundation, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Virginia Agribusiness Council, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Director, Department of Conservation and Recreation or his designee, the Secretary of Natural Resources or her designee, and staff from the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees to evaluate methods to stabilize the fluctuations in funding for Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs).
  • Staff Contact:

    Michael R. Fletcher
    FOIA Officer, Board and Constituent Services Liaison
    Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Phone: 804-786-8445

All members appointed by Joint Rules. Appointment coincident with House term.
House Members:
The Honorable David L. Bulova
The Honorable Tony O. Wilt
All members appointed by Joint Rules. Appointment coincident with Senate term.
Senate Members:
The Honorable Emmett W. Hanger Jr.
Membership and Term Information:
Max # House: 2 Appointment Coincident With House Term? YES
Max # Senate: 1 Appointment Coincident With Senate Term? YES
Max # Citizens: 0
Max # Ex Officio: 0
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