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Division of Watercraft FY10-11 including Scenic Rivers Program Transfer

Presented by:

Pamela Dillon, Chief

Ohio DNR Division of Watercraft


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FY 2010-11 Budget Overview Program Transfer

  • Continued full funding of local Marine Patrol Grants, local Education Grants, Cooperative Boating Facility Grant Program, Recreational Harbor (Dredging) Program

  • No registration fee increase

  • New fees/increases being considered:

    • Waterways Conservation Fee (non-powered boats)

    • Agent writing fee increase

    • Titling fee increase

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Program Expansion Program Transfer

  • Sub. House Bill 1 provides for the transfer of the State Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Program to the Division of Watercraft

    • Expands Division authorities to include an expanded conservation component in Watercraft program mandates

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Purpose Program Transfer

  • To introduce you to the State Wild, Scenic, and Recreational Rivers program

  • To give an overview of the program’s relevance to Ohio’s Boating community

  • To share financial plans for sustained support of the program within the Division of Watercraft

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Why are we discussing this? Program Transfer

  • General Revenue Funds (GRF) will not be provided for the Scenic Rivers program beyond July 1, 2009

  • ODNR has proposed transfer of the program to the Division of Watercraft

    • Funded by Waterways Safety Fund (WSF)

    • License plate revenues would follow program

    • New Waterways Conservation Fee

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Why Watercraft? Program Transfer

  • Our Mission:

  • Our Vision:

To provide the finest boating services, facilities, protection, and education for users of Ohio’s waterways through the innovative and wise use of our resources.

A dedicated and skilled team of employees, volunteers, and partners empowered to respond to the needs and desires of the recreational boating public while providing an environment that ensures the highest quality boating experience for all who use Ohio’s waterways.

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Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Legislation Program Transfer

  • Passed the Scenic Rivers Act in 1968

    • First in the nation

  • Created a state program to protect Ohio’s high-quality streams for future generations

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Scenic Rivers in Ohio Program Transfer

  • 20 segments of 14 rivers

  • 800 river miles

  • Approximately 4000 acres in protected corridors and access sites

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Scenic Rivers in Ohio Program Transfer

  • Three designations: Wild, Scenic, Recreational

    • Declared by Director of Natural Resources

  • Retain most of their natural characteristics at a time when many rivers reflect the negative impacts of human activities.

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“Wild” Designation Program Transfer

  • Free of impoundments and generally inaccessible except by trail

  • Watersheds or shorelines essentially primitive and waters unpolluted, representing vestiges of primitive America.

    Conneaut Creek Wild and Scenic River

    Grand Wild and Scenic River

    Little Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River

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“Scenic” Designation Program Transfer

  • Free of impoundments

  • Shorelines or watersheds still largely primitive

  • Shorelines largely undeveloped, but accessible in places by roads.

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“Recreational” Designation Program Transfer

  • Readily accessible by road or railroad

  • May have some development along their shorelines

  • May have undergone some impoundment or diversion in the past

    Maumee Scenic and Recreational River

    Stillwater/Greenville Creek Scenic and Recreational River

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4000 Acres of Land Program Transfer

  • Remain in a natural state and provide low-impact public access points, beaches, and safe landing areas.

  • Restoration of streamside forests is the single most important ingredient in maintaining the health of streams and rivers.

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Removing Forested Corridors… Program Transfer

  • Increases erosion, runoff and sedimentation

  • Degrades water quality

  • Reduces natural diversity of aquatic community

  • Decreases fish spawning

  • Increases need for dredging

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Current Scenic Rivers Program Program Transfer

  • 7 full-time river managers/administrators

  • 5 part-time Stream Quality Monitors

  • Over 150 years of program experience

  • Funded by state GRF and the Scenic Rivers License Plate fund.

  • History of leveraging GRF into non-GRF grant support.

    • Past 6-years: Obtaining $3.50 in non-GRF for every $1.00 GRF

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Potential loss: Program Transfer

river access

public areas along these rivers

protection for the state’s most pristine river systems that feed many of the state’s most popular boating lakes and reservoirs

an opportunity to support the fastest-growing boating activity: Paddlesports

No Scenic Rivers Program?

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To continue the SR program… Program Transfer

  • Requires a modest level of support:

    • $550,000, or

    • 3% of Watercraft Operating Budget for FY10-11 (from Waterways Safety Fund)

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Opportunities Program Transfer

  • Serves the growing numbers of paddlers without significantly affecting our current level of service to all boaters

  • Nurtures a new, passionate, constituent base for Ohio’s boating program

  • Advances Ohio’s Statewide Strategic Plan for Youth and Education in the Outdoors

  • Maintains established forested corridors, reducing erosion, runoff and sedimentation

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Opportunities Program Transfer

  • Advances “Strategic Plan for Boating in Ohio” which states:

    • Develop new and maintain/upgrade existing boating access/facilities

    • Improve water quality on boating waterways

    • Promote the development of water trails

  • Minimizes need for dredging downstream

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Voiced Concerns Program Transfer

  • “ ‘Gas tax’ money should go primarily to motor boating and not paddlesports.”

  • Potentially higher cost to Division than expected

  • Landholdings not currently in Division’s mandate and will take staff resources to administer

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Non-gasoline Tax Revenues Program Transfer

  • 80,640 registered canoes and kayaks generated $ 543,740 to the WSF in CY08

  • Scenic Rivers Protection Fund has historically provided $ 70,000 -130,000/year (plus interest)

    • License Plate program will be marketed through the registration process to generate revenue through this option

  • Proposed “Waterways Conservation Fee” on non-powered boats

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Waterways Conservation Fee Program Transfer

  • Proposed for boats that do not pay Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax (i.e. non-powered) to begin with 2010

    • $5.00 per three-year non-powered registration

    • $1.50 per one-year livery boat registration

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User Pays/User Benefits Program Transfer

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User Pays/User Benefits Program Transfer

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Future Costs Program Transfer

  • Sub. HB 1 includes a cap of 4% on the Waterways Safety Fund monies that support the program (1547.51)

    • Based on annual WSF revenue

  • Note: Boating Safety Education Grant and Marine Patrol Grant programs each have a 10% cap

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Regarding Land Holdings Program Transfer

  • Managed by current staff which transfer with the program (no additional staff needed)

  • A vital component of the program

  • ODNR owns land. Division will manage land primarily through agreements with local jurisdictions

  • Except for boating access, any new land purchase will be made using non-WSF revenue

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Waterways Safety Council Program Transfer

  • …That the State Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers program be transferred from the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves to the Division of Watercraft, and

  • …A funding cap be established, not to exceed 4% of monies accruing annually to the WSF.

  • Carried and approved on 12/15/08

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What’s Next: Legislation Program Transfer

  • Sub. House Bill 1 and FY10-11 Executive Budget include:

    • Language drafted by ODNR

    • Provides the authority for Division of Watercraft

    • Maintains current Scenic Rivers Program mission and staff

    • Provides for 4% cap on WSF expenditures

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Review of ORC Changes Program Transfer

  • Link to Sub. House Bill 1:www.legislature.state.oh.us > House Bill 1

    • Changes in Section 1517 affect Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (pp. 443-449)

    • Changes in Section 1547 affect Division of Watercraft authority (pp. 475-510)

  • Link to Executive Budget (pp. 732-758 is DNR)obm.ohio.gov > Executive Budget Proposal

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Next Steps Program Transfer

  • ODNR Director Sean Logan will present DNR budget on Thursday, March 12th at 9:30 AM.

    • Additional hearings will follow

    • For additional information, contact:


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Thank You! Program Transfer

  • Webinars scheduled:

    • Monday, March 9, 2009 at 6 PM

    • Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 6 PM

  • For additional webinar information, contact janet.wolfinger@dnr.state.oh.us