WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (Program); WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENTGovernor's Recommendations
2022-23
Current Year Budget
2021-22
Difference
DollarsPositionsDollarsPositionsDollarsPositions
$28,017,079200.00$134,844,189234.00($106,827,110)(34.00)
 

 
Policy Area:  WATER RESOURCES
Issue:            ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2022-23
GRANTS AND AID - NON-POINT SOURCE (NPS) MANAGEMENT PLANNING GRANTS The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes budget authority from various federal grants, such as the Water Quality Improvement Program grant for environmental protection and restoration associated with Non-point Source (NPS) pollution projects. Funding is used to contract with local governments, WMDs, other state agencies and universities to construct NPS pollution controls; to perform water quality sampling and conduct research projects to evaluate water quality; to improve the effectiveness of NPS pollution controls. Funding is also used for long-term projects contained in federal grant work plans which cross state fiscal year end dates and a portion is utilized by DEP and DACS for the development and implementation of water quality treatment/restoration projects in priority watersheds. BEACH PROJECTS - STATEWIDE The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 includes a transfer of recurring Fixed Capital Outlay appropriation for the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program from the Division of Water Resource Management to the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (RCP). This issue coincides with an operating issue that transfers 66 positions and funding in the Beach and Inlet Management Programs from the Division of Water Resource Management and the Regulatory District Offices to the RCP. The merger focuses on aligning critical personnel, programs and resources to address resiliency. To foster continuity in reaching resiliency goals, this transfer enables a larger array of researchers, field staff, technical experts and policymakers to collaborate more effectively.