FUND-10 (6/28/05 version)
NPS Implementaton Funding Targets

Targets established in this section of the Ohio NPS Management Plan 2005-2010 are designed to improve the financial sustainability of NPS implementation and generally enhance our ability to assess and identify NPS needs and available funding.

Goals:

  • Integrate NPS project implementation into traditional environmental infra-structure funding methods, such as the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF), municipal bonds and/or Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) loans.
  • Identify and more accurately document Ohio NPS implementation needs.
  • Accurately identify available NPS implementation funding and effectively target available funding on Ohio NPS needs.
  • Encourage use of existing state and local authority to address local NPS problems and needs.

2005 - 2010 Targets

Target 1: By 2010, at least five (5) governmental units will apply for and receive traditional water resource loan funding to support NPS implementation projects, and user-fees or similar traditional revenue mechanisms are used to repay those loans.

Baseline: Local use of traditional water resource loan funding is common practice for wastewater (PDF 11kb) and drinking water (PDF 12kb) treatment in Ohio.

Typically, local governmental units access available loan funds for non-infrastructure items only to meet regulatory requirements. Although eligible, we are aware of no examples of local entities accessing conventional loan funding to address NPS caused water quality impairments. As a result, the demand for NPS loan funding is considerably less than the potential amount available.

Target 2A: By 2007, at least six (6) local NPS implementation projects requiring ongoing operating and/or maintenance costs are identified and analyzed for financial sustainability.

Target 2B: By 2010, at least six (6) local NPS implementation projects with ongoing operating and/or maintenance obligations develop local financial mechanisms to insure long-term sustainability of the project(s).

Baseline: Some NPS implementation projects generate considerable local interest and support while state and/or federal cost-share dollars are available. However, when outside funding declines or ends, additional local participation wanes and/or funded project sites revert to previous conditions. For example, agricultural management measures such as buffer strips and riparian plantings are maintained until cost-share rental payments expire. Lacking further financial incentive the land goes back into agricultural production.

Target 3A: At the conclusion of the 2008 Clean Water Needs Survey (CWNS), Ohio NPS needs will be accurately documented to within 20% of actual conditions.

Target 3B: By 2006, local watershed organizations will receive guidance on how to document NPS needs consistent with the CWNS.

Target 3C: By 2008, all state endorsed Watershed Action Plans will have information about NPS needs documented sufficiently to meet requirements of the CWNS.

Baseline: Local watershed organizations are typically unfamiliar with the CWNS. However, watershed organizations are already providing the state with watershed action plans of significant detail. Enhancing familiarity with the documentation requirements of the CWNS will allow the state to aggregate data from state endorsed watershed action plans for use in the CWNS.

Ohio NPS needs, as indicated in the 2000 CWNS were highly variable, ranging from nearly 200 million needed to address agricultural NPS issues to $0 for marinas, brownfields, sanitary landfills, and storage tanks. Clearly, there are inaccuracies in this assessment, since landfills, brownfields, storage tanks and marinas may cause impairments in localized areas of the state.

Target 4: By 2007, Ohio will have a federally approved Ohio Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program (CNPCP) and be receiving maximum federally available funding to implement this program.

Baseline (July 2004):

  • Ohio currently has authority to enforce and implement 41 of the 56 management measures required by section 6217(g) of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990.
  • During 2004 Ohio received $114,000 in federal Coastal Zone Management Program funding to develop and implement the CNPCP.
  • Ohio received conditional federal approval of the CNPCP in June 2002.
  • In 2004 Ohio submitted documentation to address outstanding CNPCP conditions. We anticipate approval by June 2006.

Target 5: Ohio receives annual funding for both the 319 program and the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Trust Fund in amounts equal to those provided in 2004.

Baseline: In 2004 Ohio received approximately $7 million in federal 319 funds and $7.5 million in AML Trust Funds.

Target 6: By 2008, will conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis of state and federally provided NPS technical assistance. This analysis will be designed to assess the following:

  • The potential disparity between technical assistance needs and technical assistance provided.
  • How, what types, and at what levels, technical assistance needs to be provided in the future to maximize environmental outcomes and benefits.

Baseline: No cost-effectiveness analysis of NPS technical assistance provided by state and federal agencies in Ohio has been conducted.