Governor’s proposed budget includes additional culvert money

December 18th, 2013  |  Published in Budget

Gov. Jay Inslee released a proposed supplemental budget yesterday, including changes to the budgets of several natural resources agencies. You can find links to agency details here and a summary here.

Direct links here:
Fish and Wildlife
Natural Resources
Puget Sound Partnership

The proposed budget for the Department of Fish and Wildlife includes an additional $1.4 million for culvert repairs:

After finding that Washington State has not met certain obligations under tribal treaties, a federal court issued a permanent injunction against the state, including the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The March 2013 injunction mandates that fish blocking culverts owned by state natural resource agencies be repaired within 3.5 years to remedy the loss in salmon productivity and the violation of tribal treaty rights. The injunction also requires that maintenance and recurring assessments be conducted on culverts to ensure they do not become barriers to salmon. This funding will allow the department to meet its portion of these obligations.

Fish consumption rate budget rider

June 10th, 2013  |  Published in Budget

On Saturday, the state senate approved a budget rider that would further water down the fish consumption rate process. You can find the actual rider here.

Here’s the important text from the document:

Within this amount, funding is provided for the department to retain a state university to conduct a general population survey of fish consumption by state residents, collect and analyze data concerning the commercial and recreational catch of fish in state waters, and prepare a report compiling and evaluating the data and developing statistics. The survey and data analysis shall be used in rule-making activity to revise the human health criteria for the water quality standards for surface water in chapter 173-201A WAC. The survey and data analysis shall be designed and used to determine (a) the distribution of long-term and average consumption of fin fish and shellfish by state residents over their lifetime that accounts for seasonality in consumption rates, (b) the extent to which fin fish and shellfish consumption rates vary among all subpopulations and in different geographic areas of the state, (c) the profile of survey respondents, including average body weight, age, gender, and ethnicity; drinking water source and average amount of water consumed; residence and geographic location, (d) the identification by species of fin fish and shellfish consumed, including whether the fish is a marine, freshwater, or anadromous species, (e) the source of the fin fish and shellfish consumed, in particular where the fish was raised and landed, (f) the body part(s) of fin fish and shellfish consumed, and (g) the preparation and cooking methods used. The survey design shall be subject to peer review and public comment prior to conducting the survey and shall include review by at least nine entities, including but not limited to: The national marine fisheries service, the Columbia river intertribal fish commission, the department of fish and wildlife, the department of agriculture, other four-year state universities, municipalities, and a national nonprofit research institution. The report shall compile and evaluate the data and develop statistics which shall be subject to peer review by the entities specified in this subsection and public comment.

Work session on Potential impact of Culvert Case on the capital budget next Friday

April 5th, 2013  |  Published in Budget, Legal, Legislative Meetings

The House Capital Budget committee will have a work session on “Potential impact of United States of America v. State of Washington (Culvert Case) on the capital budget” on Friday April 12. The session will be part of a meeting that starts at 8 a.m. in House Hearing Room B in the John L. O’Brien Building.

Agenda items will be posted here when they are available.

Gov. Inslee releases budget priorities

March 28th, 2013  |  Published in Budget

Instead of a fully detailed budget proposal, Gov. Inslee released “budget priorities” that include some details on natural resources spending. Here is the document detailing that spending.

Here is the broader budget priorities website.

Natural resources portion of house budget hearing yesterday

January 16th, 2013  |  Published in Budget, HB 1057

You can view the natural resources portion of yesterday’s operating budget hearing in the house here or in the window below.

House appropriations committee to discuss natural resources budget today

January 15th, 2013  |  Published in Budget, HB 1057

The House Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing on HB 1057, the governor’s proposed operating budget. Part of the hearing will focus on natural resources agency spending.

The hearing will be at 3:30 p.m. in House Hearing Rm A of the John L. O’Brien Building. TVW will air a live stream of the hearing here.

For a review of the provisions of the bill, go here.

Governor’s proposed budget includes increases across major natural resources agencies

December 21st, 2012  |  Published in Budget

All four major natural resources state agencies would see increases in Gov. Gregoire’s final state budget. The details are laid out in the following sections of the budget.

Ecology (10.2 percent increase)

Fish and Wildlife (3.5 percent increase)

Puget Sound Partnership (11.7 percent increase)

Natural Resources (10.9 percent increase)

This document also outlines specific spending measure to address “threats to the Puget Sound and our Coast.”  For example, here is the portion dealing with increases to salmon recovery funding:

Puget Sound Salmon habitat acquisition  and restoration

The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board will provide grants for high-priority projects in Puget Sound that protect and restore salmon habitat and for other salmon recovery programs and activities to implement salmon recovery plans. ($80.0 million bonds)

Puget Sound Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program

The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board will provide grants to complete projects that protect and restore the Puget Sound near-shore areas, in support of Puget Sound Action Agenda goals. ($10.0 million bonds)

Salmon Recovery Funding Board programs 

The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board  will provide grants for projects that protect or restore salmon habitat and for other salmon  recovery activities. ($15.0 million bonds, $60.0 million General Fund-Federal. Puget Sound portion: $6.6 million bonds, $27.0 million General Fund-Federal)

Senate passes budget, sent onto governor

April 11th, 2012  |  Published in Budget

Early this morning the state senate passed a near final version of the state operating budget. It includes similar cuts to natural resources agencies as seen in other recent draft budgets.

You can find more information on the budget here.

Detail information for major natural resources agencies can be found at the links below:
Fish and Wildlife
Puget Sound Partnership
Natural Resources

New Senate budget available

March 15th, 2012  |  Published in Budget

The Senate released a new version of their budget, which includes cuts to natural resources agencies.  The main page for this new budget proposal is here.

The agency details can be found here:

Proposed budgets side by side

March 9th, 2012  |  Published in Budget

The House Office of Program Research put together a comparison of the House and Senate budgets. Here is a link that compares the impacts both versions have on natural resources agencies. In general, the House budget cuts $30 million from natural resources agencies, while the senate version cuts almost twice as much.