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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Concurrent Resolution 99 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 99

(By Senators Snyder, Miller, Browning, Foster, Jenkins, Kirkendoll, Klempa, McCabe, Williams and Sypolt)

[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization]

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the relationship between our district conservation supervisors and the local entities with which they interact to determine if the relationship is working or if the committee recommends a codified framework for this interaction.

    Whereas, The mission of the West Virginia Conservation Agency is to preserve West Virginia’s natural resources by working with partners to promote soil and water conservation; and

    Whereas, West Virginia’s Soil Conservation Committee was created in 1939, its functions and programs to conserve soil and retard erosion; and

    Whereas, West Virginia currently has fourteen Conservation Districts, each consisting of six counties; and

    Whereas, In 2002, the Legislature changed the name of the Soil Conservation Committee to State Conservation Committee to show that the committee’s responsibilities went beyond soil to all natural resources such as air and water; and

    Whereas, The State Conservation Committee serves as the governing body of the West Virginia Conservation Agency; and

    Whereas, The West Virginia Conservation Agency has a West Virginia Lime Incentive Program which provides up to a fifty percent cost-share reimbursement with eligible farmers for the purchase of agricultural lime to improve their grasslands; and

    Whereas, The West Virginia Conservation Agency has an Agriculture Enhancement Pilot Program, which is administered through conservation districts, with the goal of increasing farm productivity by conserving soil, making wise use of agricultural resources and improving water quality in the state’s streams and rivers; and

    Whereas, The Emergency Watershed Protection is only used during a State or Federal Emergency Declaration in response to a sudden disaster, and is only used for the removal of blockages causing a seventy-five percent obstruction to stream flow and not for maintenance issues such as removing trash, raising banks, dikes or dredging; and

    Whereas, The Stream Protection and Restoration Program is used to cover nonemergency situations that fall outside of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, including blockage removal from Legislative or Citizen Contact Reports, and planned projects using Natural Stream Restoration designs; and

    Whereas, The Landowner Stream Access Permit Program is a permit process designed to provide landowners the opportunity to complete certain types of stream projects with technical assistance from the West Virginia Conservation Agency; and

    Whereas, The West Virginia Conservation Agency is responsible for the inspection and operation and maintenance of one hundred seventy watershed dam’s and twenty-two channels throughout West Virginia, and is also responsible for the rehabilitation of the state’s aging watershed dams; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the relationship between our district conservation supervisors and the local entities with which they interact to determine if the relationship is working or if the committee recommends a codified framework for this interaction; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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