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Sustainable Energy and a Clean Environment

Last Updated: 07/14/2021

Improve individual practices and choices about natural resources

Strategy: Improve individual practices and choices about natural resources

Agency: 471 - State Conservation Commission

A001 - Technical Services and Program Delivery

The State Conservation Commission (SCC) members and staff provide the organizational framework for dispensing technical expertise and conservation program delivery to 47 conservation districts. These districts provide critical connections for conservation program delivery to local land owners. They provide technical and educational assistance and incentives to land owners that are willing to implement conservation measures to improve, enhance, and/or protect soil, water, air, plants, and animal resources. Districts identify critical natural resource issues and goals through the development of five-year plans, annual plans, and budget requests for conservation program implementation.

Account FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTE 7.5 7.5 7.5
001 - General Fund
State 3,079,000 3,082,000 6,161,000
Federal 260,000 1,041,000 1,301,000
001 - General Fund Totals 3,339,000 4,123,000 7,462,000
23P - Model Toxics Control Operating Acct
State 300,000 300,000 600,000
FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTES 7.5 7.5 7.5
GFS 3,079,000.0 3,082,000.0 6,161,000.0
Other 560,000.0 1,341,000.0 1,901,000.0
Totals 3,639,000.0 4,423,000.0 8,062,000.0
Expected Results

Land owners and managers will implement sound best management practices that enhance and improve the soil, water, air, plants, animals, energy, and humans.

A002 - Conservation District Operations and Accountability

SCC staff provide guidance and oversight to the conservation districts, assuring compliance with state and federal requirements, compliance with open public meeting regulations, annual and long range planning, annual reporting of accomplishments, district operations reviews, assistance with internal audits, and oversight of elections and appointment processes. The emphasis is on quality of leadership, public service, and conservation program delivery that addresses natural resource issues across the state.

Account FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTE 5.1 5.1 5.1
001 - General Fund
State 1,275,000 1,310,000 2,585,000
Federal 75,000 75,000 150,000
001 - General Fund Totals 1,350,000 1,385,000 2,735,000
23P - Model Toxics Control Operating Acct
State 100,000 100,000 200,000
FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTES 5.1 5.1 5.1
GFS 1,275,000.0 1,310,000.0 2,585,000.0
Other 175,000.0 175,000.0 350,000.0
Totals 1,450,000.0 1,485,000.0 2,935,000.0

002833 - Number of Conservation District Staff Trained in Disaster Response

Reports the number of conservation district staff who will be trained to respond to natural disaster property recovery efforts.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2017-19 A2 0 20
2017-19 A3 0 20

002834 - Number of Landowners Enrolled in Firewise

Records the number of landowners who become enrolled in Firewise or other defensible space services provided through Conservation Districts.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2017-19 A2 0 50
2017-19 A3 0 50

A003 - State Conservation Commission Operations and Administration

SCC members oversee state funding for the conservation districts and provide guidance and policy direction to the Executive Director for Commission staff to implement. Members examine issues pertaining to the rights and needs of the conservation district community and make recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, and state agencies for changes in programs and laws. This activity supports agency functions by providing leadership, cross-program support, and staff presence throughout the state. Operations and Administration manages the agency's long-term financial health and provides the information to support sound decision-making and resource management. It also provides human resource services, facility and vehicle management, maintains the agency's centralized records and library resources, responds to public records requests, and certifies conservation district elections and appointment processes.

Account FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTE 4.5 4.5 4.5
001 - General Fund
State 3,500,000 3,500,000 7,000,000
Federal 425,000 425,000 850,000
001 - General Fund Totals 3,925,000 3,925,000 7,850,000
23P - Model Toxics Control Operating Acct
State 100,000 100,000 200,000
FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTES 4.5 4.5 4.5
GFS 3,500,000.0 3,500,000.0 7,000,000.0
Other 525,000.0 525,000.0 1,050,000.0
Totals 4,025,000.0 4,025,000.0 8,050,000.0
Expected Results

Meet the conservation districts' technical, educational, and financial needs including providing the administrative activities identified in the district's long range and annual plans. Maintain a qualified, trained staff engaged in the improvement of natural resources and proper management of the agency's financial and administrative duties.

A004 - Voluntary Stewardship Program

Implement the Voluntary Stewardship Program (RCW 36.70A.700-790) in 28 counties. Agency responsibilities include: Manage contracts with each of the 28 counties; provide technical assistance to county staff in the implementation of the program; manage statutorily established State Technical Panel and Statewide Advisory Group; review, processes, and where appropriate approve each of the 28 county VSP work plans; provide reports to the legislature and governor as required; develop and identify fiscal needs for program implementation in future biennia; implement other elements of the VSP statute.

Account FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTE 1.5 1.5 1.5
058 - Public Works Assistance Account
State 4,227,000 4,229,000 8,456,000
FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTES 1.5 1.5 1.5
GFS
Other 4,227,000.0 4,229,000.0 8,456,000.0
Totals 4,227,000.0 4,229,000.0 8,456,000.0

002835 - Number of Work Plans Submitted to SCC

Records the number of VSP work plans submitted to SCC.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2017-19 A2 0 5
2017-19 A3 0 22

002836 - Number of Work Plans Approved by SCC

Records the number of VSP work plans approved by SCC.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2017-19 A2 0 5
2017-19 A3 0 22

002837 - Number of Work Plans Beginning Implementation

Records the number of VSP work plans that have begun implementation.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2017-19 A2 0 5
2017-19 A3 0 15

002937 - Number of VSP biennial status reports submitted to SCC

Number of VSP biennial status reports submitted to SCC
Biennium Period Actual Target
2019-21 A2 0 27
2019-21 A3 0 0

002938 - Number of VSP five year status reports submitted to SCC

Number of VSP five year status reports submitted to SCC
Biennium Period Actual Target
2019-21 A2 0% 2%
2019-21 A3 0% 25%