Home Sessions Committee Streaming This is the notification div Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee - February 09, 2017 210 Senate Building Participate in Virtual Meeting Option to provide public comment (at committee chair's discretion) Video for all meetings Requires submitting name to join meeting Live Audio/Video No option to provide public comment Audio only for meetings in House 30, Senate 210, and State Capitol 445; video for all other meetings Does not require submitting name to listen to/watch meeting Additional Information Follow Along Display documents automatically as they are discussed This meeting is not currently streaming. Markers Agenda Docs Downloads Make Clip Chair Hinkins called the meeting to order at 8:03 a.m. Recording 1 Approval of Minutes There were no minutes to approve. RFA - Utah Lake Carp Removal - Rep. Greene Rep. Greene introduced representatives from the Utah Lake Commission. Mr. Michael Mills, Chair, Utah Lake Commission, Technical Committee, explained that the $400,000 one-time request will assist in the ongoing removal of carp from Utah Lake. A handout was distributed to committee members. Mr. Eric Ellis, Executive Director, Utah Lake Commission, spoke in support of the request. Rep. Greene emphasized the importance of completing the carp removal project in Utah Lake. RFA - Wellington City Water Damage Cleanup - Rep. Watkins Rep. Christine F. Watkins offered some introductory remarks about flooding issues in Carbon County. Ms. Joan Powell, Mayor, Wellington City, spoke about flooding issues associated with the Price River. RFA - Bear Lake Marina Environmental Impact Statement - Sen. Hillyard Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard explained that the request for funding pays for an environmental impact statement that is required before beginning work on the new Bear Lake Marina. RFA - Rebate Program for Water Reduction Devices - Rep. Christofferson Rep. Kay J. Christofferson introduced the continuation of a water saving initiative that provides smart watering devices. Mr. Michael R. Styler, Executive Director, Department of Natural Resources, explained that the rebate program incentivizes water users to purchase smart watering control systems (meters) that will help reduce water consumption. Mr. Todd Adams, Deputy Director, Division of Water Resources, spoke to the request. Rep. Hawkes spoke in favor of the rebate program and the impact on water conservation. RFA - Bear Lake Invasive Species Inspections - Rep. Webb Rep. R. Curt Webb explained that the request will continue funding for inspections of vessels coming into the Bear Lake Valley. Inspections are for Quagga Mussel. Mr. Greg Sheehan, Director, Division of Wildlife Resources, spoke to the request. RFA - State Watershed Initiative Match - Sen. Okerlund Sen. Ralph Okerlund explained that the funding request for $2.0 million will leverage $5.0 million in federal funding that will be used for watershed projects. Mr. Mark Whitney, Beaver County Commissioner, and President, Utah Association of Counties, explained that the initiative will provide water to lands in southern Utah. House Vice Chair Chew spoke in support of the initiative in that it will enhance the Sage Grouse habitat in Utah. RFA - Surveyor's Monument Replacement - Sen. Okerlund Sen. Ralph Okerlund provided some background information on the Surveyor Monument Replacement program and the need to replace depleted funding to continue the program. Mr. Reid Demman, Salt Lake County Surveyor, and President, Utah Association of County Surveyors, spoke to the request and responded to questions related to penalties for destroying historical markers and the possibility of using civil engineering students to help in these efforts. RFA - Avian Sanctuary and Protection - Rep. Romero Rep. Angela Romero introduced Mr. Richard Nowak, a constituent who runs an aviary in her district. Mr. Richard Nowak, Assistant Director, Avian Sanctuary and Protection, identified some ongoing operations and a variety of avian services that the request for funding will support. RFA - Constitutional Defense Fund - Sen. Van Tassell Sen. Kevin T. Van Tassell requested $300,000 for the Constitutional Defense Fund for settlement disputes of land ownership inside townships. Rep. Ivory assumed the chair. RFA - Wild Horses and Burros Management - Rep. Stratton Rep. Keven J. Stratton explained that the funding would be used by the Division of Wildlife Resources to reduce the wild horse and burro population to appropriate management levels as per the BLM. Ms. Tammy Pearson, Commissioner, Beaver County, commented on the wild horse issues in Beaver County and responded to questions. Mr. Greg Sheehan, Director, Division of Wildlife Resources, talked about the complexity of the issue and some planning efforts to better manage the wild horse and burro population. House Vice Chair Chew pointed out that range estimates may be low. Rep. Stratton responded to Rep. Kwan's inquiry about the request for ongoing funding. Sen. Hinkins resumed the chair. Mr. David Ure, Director, School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, reiterated that the estimated number of wild horses do not reflect the actual numbers and that the state, the BLM, and the federal government are not doing a good enough job in educating the public about the unhealthy conditions of the animals. Commissioner Pearson commented on the counties' inability to gather and house the animals due to the lack of funds. Sen. Hinkins mentioned the need for animal protein worldwide and the lack of federal inspectors at the packing houses. Rep. Keven J. Stratton spoke on the need to maintain a healthy horse population. Rep. Kwan expressed interest in seeing the wild horse and burro management plan go forward and keeping the public informed. RFA - Federal Deficit to Virgin River Program - Rep. Noel Chair Hinkins noted that Rep. Noel was not in attendance due to a funeral. Mr. Henry Maddox, Director, Sensitive Species, DNR, presented Rep. Noel's request. He discussed the federal government’s inability to meet its financial commitment to the Virgin River Program. The request for funding will be used to repair a gorge barrier that will prevent an invasive species from entering Utah. RFA - Foundation for Integrated Resource Management (FIRM) - Rep. Noel Chair Hinkins noted that Rep. Noel would be able to present this request at the next subcommittee meeting. RFA - Energy Education Campaign - Rep. Noel Chair Hinkins briefly explained that the funding would support public/private partnerships to educate the public and the education system on the benefits of energy production in Utah. Agriculture and Food Ms. LuAnn Adams, Commissioner, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), explained that the division directors would be presenting the building block requests. Mr. Cody James, Director of Animal Industry, UDAF, presented the building block request for a new fee for the Domestic Elk Program and a fee increase for Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Books. Mr. Scott Erickson, Deputy Commissioner, UDAF, presented the building block request for Resources Conservation Capital Projects and Resource Conservation Employees and showed a short video. Mr. Erickson also presented the building block request for Food & Dairy and Weights & Measures Inspections using dedicated credits. Commissioner Adams presented the building block request for Agriculture Water Efficiency Grants and Study. Chair Hinkins questioned whether or not the funding for this study could not be taken from the Water Infrastructure Restricted Account. Mr. Ivan Djambov, Fiscal Analyst, LFA, indicated that statute would need to be changed in order for the funding to come out of the Water Infrastructure Restricted Account. Rep. Hawkes spoke in support of water research. Mr. Wayne Bradshaw, Marketing Director, UDAF, presented three fees and one building block request for Utah's Own. Rep. Christofferson asked if steps were being taken to make Utah's Own self-funding. Rep. Stratton spoke in support of Utah's Own and inquired about the qualifications for membership. RFA - Federalism Curriculum - Phase II - Rep. Ivory Rep. Ken Ivory offered some introductory remarks about federalism and the development of educational curriculum. Mr. Rod Smith, Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Utah Valley University, discussed the importance of increasing the knowledge of federalism among students and decision makers. He distributed a handout. Mr. Mike Anderson, Administrator, Jordan School District, spoke in support of educating students K-12 about the American system of federalism. Rep. Ken Ivory added some final comments and responded to questions from Rep. Kwan. RFA - Funding for Expansion of Willard Bay State Park Day Use Area - Rep. Perry Rep. Lee Perry indicating that the funding would be used to implement the planning and development of an additional area for recreational use at Willard Bay State Park because of continued growth and heavy use. He said that he would be submitting some intent language that goes along with this request encouraging the State to look for ways to expand our state parks. RFA - Foundation for Integrated Resource Management (FIRM) - Rep. Noel Mr. Johnny Miller, Executive Director, FIRM, discussed FIRM's efforts to educate, provide research, and take legal action on issues related to public lands. State Fair Corporation Mr. Larry Mullenax, Executive Director, Utah State Fairpark, distributed a handout and explained that the funding will help compensate the Fairpark for revenue losses and monies that were spent on the development and construction of a new arena. He was joined by Mr. David Lewis, Chairman, State Fairpark Board. Mr. Mullenax gave a brief overview of the Fairpark's history, 2016 accomplishments, 2017 budgeted operating expenses, and the FY 2018 appropriation request. State Fair Park Presentation Rep. Kwan spoke in support of the State Fair. Sen. Hinkins inquired about the Days of 47 Rodeo that will be held at the new Fairpark arena. House Vice Chair Chew invited Rep. Sandra Hollins to comment on how her constituents feel about the State Fairpark and the opportunities for employment. Wildlife Resources Mr. Greg Sheehan, Director, Division of Wildlife Resources, explained that the building block request will provide funding for emergency feeding of deer and elk, fencing materials to protect haystacks, and compensation to farmers and ranchers for damages. The funding will come from the Wildlife Resources Restricted Account. School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration Ms. Lisa Schneider, Finance Director, SITLA, discussed SITLA's revenue sources and budget line items. She explained building block requests for a RS 2477 Right of Way Specialist, the Land Exchange Program, a reduction in the SITLA Stewardship budget, and four fee increases. In regards to RS 2477 and state litigation, Rep. Ivory asked how the shut down of roads has impacted SITLA lands throughout the state. Mr. David Ure, Director, SITLA, indicate that it depends on the county and that SITLA is working hand in hand with the counties to effect the permanent installment of the RS 2477s. RFA - Public Hunting Access - Sen. Hinkins Chair Hinkins explained the request for $1.0 million ongoing that will continue to allow public hunting access to SITLA lands. Rep. Ivory moved to adjourn. The motion passed with a vote of 14-0-5. Voting in the affirmative were: Hinkins D, Ivory K, Chew S, Dayton M, Ipson D, Okerlund R, Vickers E, Christofferson K, Duckworth S, Greene B, Handy S, Hawkes T, Kwan K, Stratton K Absent or not voting were: Dabakis J, Knudson P, Noel M, Perry L, Roberts M Chair Hinkins adjourned the meeting 10:48 a.m. Approval of MinutesApproval of Minutes RFA - Bear Lake Invasive Species Inspections - Rep. WebbRFA - Bear Lake Invasive Species Inspections - Rep. Webb RFA - Bear Lake Marina Environmental Impact Statement - Sen. HillyardRFA - Bear Lake Marina Environmental Impact Statement - Sen. Hillyard RFA - Rebate Program for Water Reduction Devices - Rep. ChristoffersonRFA - Rebate Program for Water Reduction Devices - Rep. Christofferson RFA - State Watershed Initiative Match - Sen. OkerlundRFA - State Watershed Initiative Match - Sen. Okerlund RFA - Surveyor's Monument Replacement - Sen. OkerlundRFA - Surveyor's Monument Replacement - Sen. Okerlund RFA - Utah Lake Carp Removal - Rep. GreeneRFA - Utah Lake Carp Removal - Rep. Greene RFA - Wellington City Water Damage Cleanup - Rep. WatkinsRFA - Wellington City Water Damage Cleanup - Rep. Watkins RFA - Constitutional Defense Fund - Sen. Van TassellRFA - Constitutional Defense Fund - Sen. Van Tassell RFA - Funding for Expansion of Willard Bay State Park Day Use Area - Rep. PerryRFA - Funding for Expansion of Willard Bay State Park Day Use Area - Rep. Perry RFA - Avian Sanctuary and Protection - Rep. RomeroRFA - Avian Sanctuary and Protection - Rep. Romero RFA - Wild Horses and Burros Management - Rep. StrattonRFA - Wild Horses and Burros Management - Rep. Stratton RFA - Federal Deficit to Virgin River Program - Rep. NoelRFA - Federal Deficit to Virgin River Program - Rep. Noel RFA - Foundation for Integrated Resource Management (FIRM) - Rep. NoelRFA - Foundation for Integrated Resource Management (FIRM) - Rep. Noel RFA - Energy Education Campaign - Rep. NoelRFA - Energy Education Campaign - Rep. Noel RFA - Federalism Curriculum - Phase II - Rep. IvoryRFA - Federalism Curriculum - Phase II - Rep. Ivory Agriculture and FoodAgriculture and Food State Fair CorporationState Fair Corporation Wildlife ResourcesWildlife Resources School and Institutional Trust Lands AdministrationSchool and Institutional Trust Lands Administration RFA - Public Hunting Access - Sen. HinkinsRFA - Public Hunting Access - Sen. 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