The 2017 General Assembly Session convened Wednesday, January 11 for a short 45 day session, adjourning on February 25, 2017.
The Association held its Annual Legislative Day Thursday, January 12, 2017. Thanks to all who attended and helped share our message.Our voice for soil and water conservation districts is that much stronger because of you and your efforts. If you were unable to join Legislative Day or would like assistance from the VASWCD when meeting with or writing your legislator(s) please let VASWCD staff know.
The following VASWCD legislative items are also of importance:
- 2017 Legislative Agenda– As approved by members at the VASWCD Annual membership meeting on December 6, 2016 and to be used in advocating district needs.
- Legislative Day Talking Points 1.12.17 – This attachment references bill numbers and budget amendments that have been pursued by the VASWCD as a result of legislative agenda actions.
- VASWCD Policy Book – As approved with edits December 8, 2015. Policies are approved every three years.
- VASWCD Legislative Tracking Report (2.3.2017) –The VASWCD legislative tracking report is updated and posted during the General Assembly Session and tracks the status of legislation of interest to SWCDs. These reports provide a summary and impact of the legislation as well as the VASWCD position. Contact VASWCD staff if you have any questions or if there are additional pieces of legislation you wish tracked.
- The VASWCD is a member of VirginiaForever, a unique, diverse coalition of businesses, environmental organizations,
and outdoor enthusiasts that advocates for increased government funding for water quality improvements and land
conservation across the Commonwealth – including SWCD efforts of cost share and technical assistance. It is the only statewide organization that has a primary focus on increasing funding for natural resources protection.
These legislative reports relating to SWCD funding and the organization of water quality programs are of importance:
- Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Clean-Up Plan Report -The 2015 report also encompasses the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s report of “Annual Funding Needs for Effective Implementation of Agricultural Best Management Practices” pursuant to subsection C of §10.1-2128.1 of the Code of Virginia. This report also satisfies reporting requirements in §2.2-220.1 of the Code of Virginia regarding the Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement.
- 2013 Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District Funding Study
- 2012 Assessment of the Organization of Water Quality Programs in VA
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