2017 WATER OMNIBUS BILL

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STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA

NINETY-SECOND SESSION

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2017

 

SENATE BILL NO. 70

 

Introduced by: The Committee on Appropriations at the request of the Office of the Governor

 

FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to make appropriations from the water and environment fund and its revolving fund subfunds for various water and environmental purposes, to increase the transfer from the water and environment fund to the environment and natural resources fee fund, and to declare an emergency.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:

 

Section 1

There is hereby appropriated from the South Dakota water and environment fund established pursuant to § 46A-1-60, the sum of four hundred fifty thousand dollars ($450,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to provide funds to the Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants to state and local project sponsors for hydrology and water management studies to assess, model, and quantify the state's surface water and groundwater resources including completion of a hydrologic model of the Big Sioux River Basin in eastern South Dakota to better predict the extent of flood events and minimize damage caused by future flood events through better preparation. Funds shall be provided according to terms and conditions established by the Board of Water and Natural Resources. Notwithstanding § 46A-1-61, the board may provide the grant for up to one hundred percent of the nonfederal share of expenditures for hydrology and water management studies.

 

Section 2

There is hereby appropriated from the South Dakota water and environment fund established pursuant to § 46A-1-60, the sum of ten million five hundred thousand dollars ($10,500,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants and loans to project sponsors under the consolidated water facilities construction program established pursuant to § 46A-1-63.1. Funds shall be provided according to terms and conditions established by the Board of Water and Natural Resources.

 

Section 3

There is hereby appropriated from the South Dakota water and environment fund established pursuant to § 46A-1-60, the sum of two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($2,250,000), or so much thereof that may be necessary, to the Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing grants and loans to project sponsors under the solid waste management program established pursuant to § 46A-1-83. Funds shall be provided according to the terms and conditions established by the Board of Water and Natural Resources.

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources may use up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars of the funds appropriated by this section, to contract for the statewide cleanup of waste tires and solid waste. Notwithstanding § 46A-1-61, the department may fund up to one hundred percent of the nonfederal share of statewide waste tires and solid waste cleanup projects.

 

Section 4

There is hereby appropriated from administrative expense surcharge fees deposited in the state water pollution control revolving fund program subfund established pursuant to § 46A-1-60.1, the sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing water quality grants under the state water pollution control revolving fund program established pursuant to § 46A-1-60.1. Funds shall be provided according to terms and conditions established by the Board of Water and Natural Resources.

 

Section 5

There is hereby appropriated from administrative expense surcharge fees deposited in the state water pollution control revolving fund program subfund established pursuant to § 46A-1-60.1, the sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of contracting for the preparation of applications and administration of clean water state revolving fund loans under the state water pollution control revolving fund program established pursuant to § 46A-1-60.1. Funds shall be provided according to terms and conditions established by the Board of Water and Natural Resources.

 

Section 6

There is hereby appropriated from administrative expense surcharge fees deposited in the state drinking water revolving fund program subfund established pursuant to § 46A-1-60.1, the sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of contracting for the preparation of applications and administration of drinking water state revolving fund loans under the state drinking water revolving fund program established pursuant to § 46A-1-60.1. Funds shall be provided according to terms and conditions established by the Board of Water and Natural Resources.

 

Section 7

There is hereby appropriated from federal funds deposited in the state drinking water revolving fund program subfund established pursuant to § 46A-1-60.1, the sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), or so much thereof as may be necessary, to the Board of Water and Natural Resources for the purpose of providing small system technical assistance set-aside grants to project sponsors under the state drinking water revolving fund program established pursuant to § 46A-1-60.1. Funds shall be provided according to terms and conditions established by the Board of Water and Natural Resources.

 

Section 8

That § 1-40-32 be amended to read: 1-40-32. On the first of July each year, five six hundred thousand dollars or all the interest deposited for the previous year in the water and environment fund established pursuant to § 46A-1-60, whichever is less, shall be transferred from the water and environment fund to the environment and natural resources fee fund established pursuant to § 1-40-30.

 

Section 9

The secretary of environment and natural resources shall approve vouchers and the state auditor shall draw warrants to pay expenditures authorized by this Act.

 

Section 10

Any amounts appropriated in this Act not lawfully expended or obligated shall revert in accordance with the procedures prescribed in chapter 4-8.

 

Section 11

Whereas, this Act is necessary for the support of the state government and its existing public institutions, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, and this Act shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.

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