Date Requested:March 21, 2005
Time Requested:03:30 PM
Agency: Natural Resources, Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2005R1078 Intro SB403
CBD Subject: Prohibiting fishing in rivers and stream
FUND(S)
3200
Sources of Revenue
Special Fund
Legislation creates:
Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    Revised March 28, 2005.
    
    Please see Fiscal Note Detail for cost estimates.
    
    Estimating the potential impact on revenue of this proposal is difficult to do, because of the unknown reaction by the license buying public.
    
    The Law Enforcement Section’s funding levels do not permit the hiring of additional officers. If funding could be obtained an estimate of costs is included.
    
    Wildlife Resources estimated costs to the agency and private sector are significant and are displayed in the explanation of estimates.
    
    
    Law Enforcement Section Costs for Conservation Officers:
    
    Average Officer Per hour cost = $24.31
    
    Officers required to enforce proposal = 85
    
    Enforcement hours required weekly = 60
    
    Total Weeks of stocking = 18
    
    
    $24.31 X 85 X 18 X 60= $2,231,658 for Law Enforcement Conservation Officers.
    
    
    
    Wildlife Resources Section Costs:
    
    Signs needed to post streams: 125 Streams, 750 Miles
    
    Cost of each sign: $32
    
    include stream name, sign; closure sign and post
    
    Signs spaced 150 feet apart
    
    Number of signs = 26,400
    
    Total sign cost for stocked stream sections = 26,400 x $32 = $844,800
    
    Personnel cost to erect signs: $150 per man day x 1650 man days (1/2 hour per sign)
     = $247,500
    
    Personnel cost to maintain signs: 2 man years = $80,000
    
    Constant maintenance will be required due to high rate of vandalism – cost unknown
    
    Additional signs and labor will be needed to identify non-stocked section of stocked rivers: e.g. South Branch, Elk River, Greenbrier River, etc. – cost ~ $2.5 million annually
    
    Lost private sector economic impact from lost fishing days: 58,500 days = $3.6 million annually
    
    Annual loss to private sector from lost fishing days = $3.6 million * 95% = $3.4 million
    
    Total DNR Wildlife Resources Section cost from bill:
    
     First year $3.7 million
     Thereafter $740,000 annually
    
    
    Personal Services: Law Enforcement 2,231,658 annually + Wildlife Personal Services initial signing 247,500 + sign maintenance 80,000 = 2,559,158
    
    Current Expenses: Sign Cost 844,800 + Additional signs and labor to identify non-stocked sections of stocked streams 2,500,000 = 3,344,800
    
    Thereafter: Law annual cost 2,231,658 + Wildlife personnel doing maintenance of signs 80,000 +replacement of signs due to vandalism 660,000 = 2,971,658.
    
    
    
    
    

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2005
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2006
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 5,903,958 2,971,658
Personal Services 0 2,559,159 2,311,658
Current Expenses 0 3,344,800 660,000
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    
    Law Enforcement Section Costs for Conservation Officers:
    
    Average Officer Per hour cost = $24.31
    
    Officers required to enforce proposal = 85
    
    Enforcement hours required weekly = 60
    
    Total Weeks of stocking = 18
    
    
    $24.31 X 85 X 18 X 60= $2,231,658 for Law Enforcement Conservation Officers.
    
    
    
    Wildlife Resources Section Costs:
    
    Signs needed to post streams: 125 Streams, 750 Miles
    
    Cost of each sign: $32
    
    include stream name, sign; closure sign and post
    
    Signs spaced 150 feet apart
    
    Number of signs = 26,400
    
    Total sign cost for stocked stream sections = 26,400 x $32 = $844,800
    
    Personnel cost to erect signs: $150 per man day x 1650 man days (1/2 hour per sign)
     = $247,500
    
    Personnel cost to maintain signs: 2 man years = $80,000
    
    Constant maintenance will be required due to high rate of vandalism – cost unknown
    
    Additional signs and labor will be needed to identify non-stocked section of stocked rivers: e.g. South Branch, Elk River, Greenbrier River, etc. – cost ~ $2.5 million annually
    
    Lost private sector economic impact from lost fishing days: 58,500 days = $3.6 million annually
    
    Annual loss to private sector from lost fishing days = $3.6 million * 95% = $3.4 million
    
    Total DNR Wildlife Resources Section cost from bill:
    
     First year $3.7 million
     Thereafter $740,000 annually
    
    
    Personal Services: Law Enforcement 2,231,658 annually + Wildlife Personal Services initial signing 247,500 + sign maintenance 80,000 = 2,559,158
    
    Current Expenses: Sign Cost 844,800 + Additional signs and labor to identify non-stocked sections of stocked streams 2,500,000 = 3,344,800
    
    Thereafter: Law annual cost 2,231,658 + Wildlife personnel doing maintenance of signs 80,000 +replacement of signs due to vandalism 660,000 = 2,971,658.
    
    
    
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Keith Wilson
Email Address:
kwilson@dnr.state.wv.us
    The DNR’s major concern is the costs associated with enforcing the closed period on the rivers and streams would require significant personnel time on behalf of the Law Enforcement Section. The DNR’s funding levels do not allow for the hiring of additional law enforcement staff. The DNR would have to divert officers from current assignments, which could cause negative public reaction on other enforcement matters and could interfere with their Homeland Security and Emergency Response duties.
    
    The requirement for publishing dates of stocking may attract anglers to poach because the proposal would be difficult to enforce. Published stocking dates may be inaccurate, because of weather and equipment impediments. This could lead to confusion among anglers.