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The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) faced similar cuts to other agencies throughout state government.  IDALS and DNR were both cut 6.5% in the governor’s budget recommendation, on top of the 1.5% cut from last fiscal year.  For IDALS, the 1.5% cut amounted to $296,153.  The 6.5% cut amounted to an additional $1,237,872 cuts to the Department in FY 2010.  The governor also proposed $397,559 in additional cuts to the department.  This left the total appropriation for IDALS at $19,889,964 for FY 2010, which is approximately $1.8 million below the FY 2009 appropriation for the department.

The DNR’s 1.5% cut amounted to $312,995.  The 6.5% cut to DNR added $1,308,648.  The DNR also faces an additional $420,289 in cuts in the governor’s proposed budget.  The total appropriations for the DNR in the governor’s recommended budget is a total $18,824,401, which is approximately $2.7 million below the FY 09 appropriation.

Environment First Fund and REAP

Governor Culver is proposing funding the Environment First Fund at $42 million for FY 2010, which is the same as FY 2009.  The governor maintains funding for REAP at $18 million for FY 10.

ENVIRONMENT FIRST FUND

FY 2009

Governor

FY 2010

Governor

v. FY 2009

Department of Ag and Land Stewardship

Southern Iowa Conservation Authority

300,000

300,000

0

Agricultural Drainage Wells

1,500,000

1,500,000

0

Watershed Protection Fund

2,550,000

2,550,000

0

Farm Management Demonstration

850,000

850,000

0

Cost Share

7,000,000

7,000,000

0

Conservation Reserve Program

1,500,000

1,500,000

0

Conservation Reserve Enhance

1,500,000

1,500,000

0

Loess Hills Dev/Cons Auth

600,000

600,000

0

Total Department of Agriculture

15,800,000

15,800,000

0

Department of Natural Resources

GIS Information for Watershed

195,000

195,000

0

Water Quality Monitoring

2,955,000

2,955,000

0

Volunteers and Keeps of Land

100,000

100,000

0

Animal Feeding Operations

360,000

360,000

0

Air Quality Monitoring – Ambient

325,000

625,000

300,000

Water Quality Protection

500,000

500,000

0

Water Quantity

495,000

495,000

0

Global Climate Change

50,000

0

(50,000)

Resource Conservation and Development

250,000

0

(250,000)

Park Operations and Maintenance

2,470,000

2,470,000

0

Total Department of Natural Resources

7,700,000

7,700,000

0

REAP Formula Allocation

18,000,000

18,000,000

0

Department of Economic Development

Brownfields Redevelopment Program

500,000

500,000

0

Total Environment First Fund

42,000,000

42,000,000

0

Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF) for Natural Resources

The Governor recommended $3 million for the DNR for Floodplain Management and Dam Safety.  The Department of Natural Resources asked for several additional appropriations from the RIIF fund, including $1 million for the Lowhead Dam Hazard Program, $2.5 million for State Parks Infrastructure Renovations, $8.6 million for Lakes Restoration and Water Quality, $600,000 for the Lewis and Clark rural water system, $100,000 for improvements at Lake Delhi, $550,000 for information technology upgrades, $300,000 for Emerald Ash Borer research, $2 million for the Manchester Fish Hatcher, and $450,000 for private lands flood damage.  The governor did not recommend any of these RIIF appropriations.

Air Quality Monitoring

The DNR requested $1 million for air quality monitors statewide.  In FY 2009, the DNR received $1 million for local redemption centers that was not requested in FY 2010 to offset this request.  The DNR would utilize these monitors to help assess statewide background levels under the federal Clean Air Act.  In addition, the federal government recently promulgated a new lead air quality standard and the monitors would be utilized to determine Iowa’s airborne lead levels.  The governor did not recommend this $1 million appropriation for the DNR.

The DNR requested $325,000 for ambient air quality monitoring.  The Department received $325,000 for the same program in FY 2009.  The governor recommended $625,000 for FY 2010 for ambient air quality monitoring.

Supplemental

The Governor is recommending the DNR receive a supplemental appropriation of approximately $6 million.  This supplemental appropriation pays for activities performed by the department related to the 2008 flood.

Staff Contact: Bill Freeland
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