The 2009 Executive Budget Document
Department of Environmental QualityMission Statement
The Department of Environmental Quality protects and enhances Virginia’s environment, and promotes the health and well being of the citizens of the Commonwealth.Operating Budget History
|General Fund||Nongeneral Fund||Positions|
|2005 Appropriation||$ 50,795,452||$ 118,038,628||908.00|
|2006 Appropriation||$ 125,204,608||$ 117,987,792||898.00|
|2007 Appropriation||$ 256,697,223||$ 126,184,255||931.00|
|2008 Appropriation||$ 67,770,523||$ 121,869,551||957.00|
|General Fund||Nongeneral Fund||Positions|
|2009 Base Budget||$ 45,916,956||$ 177,659,797||954.00|
|2009 Addenda||$ (4,636,108)||$ 0||(58.00)|
|2009 Total||$ 41,280,848||$ 177,659,797||896.00|
|2010 Base Budget||$ 42,966,956||$ 176,909,797||954.00|
|2010 Addenda||$ (4,816,486)||$ 0||(59.00)|
|2010 Total||$ 38,150,470||$ 176,909,797||895.00|
Recommended Operating Budget Addenda
Make mandatory deposit to the Water Quality Improvement FundProvides for the mandatory deposit to the Water Quality Improvement Fund for point source pollution abatement projects to benefit the Chesapeake Bay. For 2009, $476,700 (GF).
Reflect Governor’s October reductions in agency budgetsReflects the reductions approved by Governor Kaine in October 2008 for 2009 and the corresponding continuation of savings in 2010. See Part D of this document for reduction details. For 2009, a decrease of $4.1 million (GF) and 58 positions. For 2010, a decrease of $4.7 million (GF) and a reduction of one position.
Implement targeted reductionsImplements targeted reductions for 2009 and 2010 included in Governor Kaine's 2008-2010 Budget Reduction Plan. Reduction details can be found in Part D of this document. For 2009, a decrease of $986,000 (GF). For 2010, a decrease of $214,443 (GF).
Provide funding to continue fish kill investigationsFunds ongoing research and investigation into the factors that contribute to fish lesions and mortality in the Shenandoah, Potomac, and James Rivers. For 2010, $120,000 (GF).
Authorize issuance of bonds for water treatment infrastructure improvementsAuthorizes the sale of $250 million in Virginia Public Building Authority bonds for grants to make water treatment facility improvements. The upgrades will reduce point source pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The legislation for the bonds was approved by the 2007 General Assembly.
Budget Reduction Strategies
October Reduction Strategies
Eliminate litter competitive grants
Eliminates competitive grants to localities for litter control programs.
FY 2009 FY 2010 Revenue / Transfers $ 100,000 $ 100,000
Reduce air inspection program
Reduces the number of air compliance inspections performed.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (342,774) $ (1,000,000) Position Changes (16.00) (16.00) Layoffs 10 0
Reduce cash in Virginia Environmental Emergency Response Fund
Transfers cash balance from the Virginia Environmental Emergency Response Fund to the general fund.
FY 2009 FY 2010 Revenue / Transfers $ 300,000 $ 300,000
Reduce contracts for water quality monitoring standards attainment
Reduces contracts for water quality monitoring to determine progress in Chesapeake Bay nutrient reductions.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (200,000) $ (200,000)
Reduce environmental education staffing
Reduces environmental education outreach services.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (44,020) $ (88,040) Position Changes (1.00) (1.00)
Reduce management staff and administrative staff
Reduces the management and administrative staff by reorganizing the regional offices and achieving operational efficiencies.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (185,855) $ (1,287,478) Position Changes (16.00) (16.00) Layoffs 9 0
Reduce match for Virginia revolving loan fund program
The fund for wastewater treatment plant upgrades has sufficient deposits to match the federal grant funding available.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (2,983,500) $ 0
Reduce pollution prevention staff
Reduces outreach efforts to voluntarily prevent pollution.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (25,000) $ (50,000) Position Changes (1.00) (1.00)
Reduce staffing levels in the hazardous waste program
Reduces staff by reorganization and operational efficiencies within the hazardous waste program.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (92,096) $ (416,503) Position Changes (6.00) (6.00) Layoffs 3 0
Reduce travel, training and supplies
Reduces travel, training and supplies.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (134,870) $ (127,888)
Reduce wastewater engineering staff
Eliminates routine review of plans and specifications for wastewater plant upgrades by department professional engineers.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (84,597) $ (736,377) Position Changes (8.00) (8.00) Layoffs 8 0
Reduce wastewater treatment construction assistance staff
Reduces the wastewater treatment facility construction assistance staff. These staff provide technical assistance for facilities constructed using Virginia Water Facilities Revolving Loan fund.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ 33,496 $ (255,355) Position Changes (2.00) (3.00) Layoffs 2 0
Reduce water permitting staff
Reduces the staff dedicated to reviewing, providing technical assistance, inspections, and enforcement of water permits.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (67,592) $ (560,402) Position Changes (8.00) (8.00) Layoffs 3 0
Transfer waste tire fund cash balance
Transfers nongeneral fund balance.
FY 2009 FY 2010 Revenue / Transfers $ 500,000 $ 500,000
December Reduction Strategies
Absorb Workforce Transition Act retirement costs in the Virginia Retirement System
When an agency implements layoffs for employees eligible for retirement, in lieu of severance, the employee is offered an enhanced retirement package. In such cases, the agency would normally pre-pay the Virginia Retirement System for the cost of the enhanced package. This savings strategy would require the Virginia Retirement System to temporarily absorb such costs incurred as the result of layoffs in the Governor's 2008-10 reduction plan and amortize the cost as part of future actuarial valuations.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ (986,000) $ 0
Eliminate competitive water supply planning grants
Eliminates grants to localities to assist in development of regional water supply plans.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ 0 $ (100,000)
Remove additional funding for pay practices
Removes the half-percent pay practices funding granted to Executive branch agencies in the 2006-08 biennium.
FY 2009 FY 2010 General Fund Savings $ 0 $ (114,443)