FUND-12 (6/23/05 version)
Future Actions: NPS Funding Targets Group
During development of the NPS Plan 2005-2010, a sub-group was tasked with developing targets for NPS implementation funding. The need for follow-up to insure target implementation led to the recommendation that a NPS Funding Group be established.
The funding targets address the following 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.
The guiding principle for establishing Ohio NPS Management Plan 2005-2010 targets in general, is that there must be enough base-line information available to provide a rationale for the target. If not, the task of researching or developing baseline data, analyzing baseline data, developing indicators, a measurement process, and ultimately recommending statewide targets were identified as "to do" items in the NPS Plan.
The funding targets sub-group recommended a number of targets referencing base-line conditions. In certain cases, this was not possible due either:
- to a lack of readily available existing information; and/or
- insufficient time or resources to adequately analyze the existing data.
In addition, numerous potential program refinements or program development tasks were identified as necessary to support the funding targets in the NPS Plan. Program specific recommendations will be forwarded to the applicable NPS partner organization for future consideration.
Group Roles and Responsibilities
Continue Ohio NPS funding program refinement, development, and analysis to:
- facilitate and track progress in achieving NPS implementation funding
targets, as outlined in the NPS Management Plan;
- establish baseline data, analyze baseline data, develop indicators, a
measurement process, and recommend meaningful statewide targets;
- advise NPS partners on the delivery of the NPS Funding Programs.
To date an ad-hoc infra-structure funding task group met once to provide input to the Ohio Water Resources Council (OWRC) vision.
It is recommended that membership for the NPS Funding Targets Group include, at a minimum, representatives from:
- Ohio EPA Division of Environmental & Financial Assistance: WPCLF Program and CWNS lead;
- Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water: NPS and Environmental Assessment Sections;
- ODNR Division of Mineral Resources Management: Acid Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program (AMDAT);
- ODNR Division of Soil and Water Conservation: NPS Program Coordinator, Resource Management Specialist;
- Ohio Sea Grant: Clean Marinas Program;
- Ohio Water Development Authority;
- Watershed Group: Watershed Coordinator;
- Local SWCD;
- Local Health Department;
- Municipal Officials: responsible for infra-structure and stormwater Phase II implementation and funding;
- Non-governmental conservation organization.