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Legislative Oversight The House Bay Trust Study Commission Presented by Sandra T. Whitehouse, Ph.D R.I. Constitution Article 1, Section 17

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legislative oversight

Legislative Oversight

The House Bay Trust Study Commission

Presented by Sandra T. Whitehouse, Ph.D

r i constitution article 1 section 17

R.I. ConstitutionArticle 1, Section 17

…It shall be the duty of the general assembly to provide for the conservation of the air, land, water, plant, animal, mineral and other natural resources of the state, and to adopt all means necessary and proper by law to protect the natural environment of the people of the state by providing adequate resource planning for the control and regulation of the use of the natural resources of the state and for the preservation, regeneration and restoration of the natural environment of the state.

how have we done

How have we done?

Planning for the use of Rhode Island’s bays and their watersheds

Environmental management:preservation and restoration

Sustainable economic development

240 planning initiatives past 150 years

the past twenty years of planning for narragansett bay
The past twenty years of planning for Narragansett Bay
  • 1985-1992 The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)
  • 2000-2003 The Bay Summit and the Partnership for Narragansett Bay (The HUD/Chafee grant)
  • 2003 The Governor’s Narragansett Bay and Watershed Planning Commission
process for successful planning and implementation efforts chesapeake bay puget sound
Process for successful planning and implementation efforts: Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound

1) Assessment of problems

2) Make recommendations, set goals and priorities

3) Develop a plan with strategies to achieve goals

4) Implementation of plan: annual work plans, annual and long-term budgets

5) Evaluation of progress toward goals:monitoring

6) Oversight: accountability

Fiscal

Performance : performance assessment reports

the past twenty years of planning for narragansett bay7
The past twenty years of planning for Narragansett Bay
  • 1985-1992 The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)
  • 2000-2003 The Bay Summit and the Partnership for Narragansett Bay (The HUD/Chafee grant)
  • 2003 The Governor’s Narragansett Bay and Watershed Planning Commission
history of the ccmp
History of the CCMP

1) 1985-1991 Scientific Assessment of the bay

2) 1987 Goal setting

3) 1992 CCMP completed (20 year plan)

4) 1992 Implementation committee established

$11 million dollars

ccmp issues
CCMP issues
  • Nutrient reduction
  • Habitat restoration: salt marshes, eelgrass beds
  • Living resources: finfish, shellfish
  • Economic development: commercial, recreational
  • Toxic pollutants
  • Health risk to consumers of seafood
what happened with the ccmp
What happened with the CCMP?

Successes: nutrient reduction

No discharge zone/marina pump out facilities

Greenwich Bay Initiative

Providence combined sewer overflow project

what happened with the ccmp11
What happened with the CCMP?

Failures:

Plan deficiencies

Management of living resources

Public participation

Dredged material management plan

Bay governance

Implementation of plan

500 recommendations

Monitoring program

Guide for agency decision making

history of the ccmp cont
History of the CCMP cont.

1985-1991 Scientific Assessment of the bay

1987 Goal setting

1992 CCMP completed (20 year plan)

1992 Implementation committee established

1997 The last Implementation committee meeting held

why did this happen

Why did this happen?

Problems with the plan

Inadequate oversight

the past twenty years of planning for narragansett bay15
The past twenty years of planning for Narragansett Bay
  • 1985-1992 The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)
  • 2000-2003 The Bay Summit and the Partnership for Narragansett Bay (The HUD/Chafee grant)
  • 2003 The Governor’s Narragansett Bay and Watershed Planning Commission
bay summit 2000
Bay Summit 2000
  • Nutrient reduction
  • Habitat restoration: salt marshes, eelgrass beds
  • Economic development: commercial, recreational and research/technology
  • Dredged material management plan
  • Long term monitoring plan
  • Marine Transportation
  • Land use and transportation
  • Urban revitalization
  • Information management
  • Coordination
the partnership for narragansett bay the hud chafee project 2001 2003
The Partnership for Narragansett Bay: The HUD/Chafee Project 2001-2003
  • Review planning history
  • Review economic assessments
  • Develop vision/set goals
  • Monitoring plan
goals
Goals
  • Economic development that conserves our soul
  • Restoring fish and shellfish
  • Public Access
  • Protecting the landscape (forests, waterfronts and villages)
  • Stewardship and community engagement
monitoring
Monitoring
  • Shoreline buffers
  • Water temperature, salinity, pH, nitrogen, phosphorous, oxygen, flow and circulation
  • Fish, shellfish, benthos
the past twenty years of planning for narragansett bay21
The past twenty years of planning for Narragansett Bay
  • 1985-1992 The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)
  • 2000-2003 The Bay Summit and the Partnership for Narragansett Bay (The HUD/Chafee grant)
  • 2003 The Governor’s Narragansett Bay and Watershed Planning Commission
the governor s commission 2003 2006
The Governor’s Commission 2003-2006

Develop a plan for the bay

  • Nutrient reduction (2010, removal from WWTFs)
  • Habitat restoration (2008, 100 acres wetlands)
  • Economic development
  • Dredged material management plan (2005)
  • Stormwater management plan (2005)
  • Monitoring program (2004)
same issues defined as problems
Same issues defined as problems
  • Nutrient reduction
  • Habitat restoration
  • Economic development
  • Dredged material management
  • Monitoring program
long term monitoring
Long Term Monitoring
  • 1992 CCMP not implemented
  • Bay Summit recommendation
  • PNB: Ten indicators defined
  • Governor’s Commission: develop an Interinstitutional Monitoring Council by executive order
where are we today
Where are we today?
  • Same issues
  • Same people
  • No workable plan
  • Shifting and unclear goals/policies/priorities
  • Lack of multi-year funding strategy
  • Inadequate monitoring
  • Inadequate coordination
legislative oversight in other bays
Legislative Oversight in other Bays
  • Creation of a structure for unified approach and continuity over time that coordinates the work of bay planning
  • Setting goals
  • Annual work plans and associated budgets required to be submitted to legislative environment and fiscal committees
  • Annual performance assessments
how to ensure a successful planning process this time for rhode islands bays and watersheds
How to ensure a successful planning process this time for Rhode Islands bays and watersheds?
  • Creation of a structure for a coordinated approach and continuity over time
  • Legislative oversight
    • Setting overall goals for the management of natural resources
    • Fiscal accountability: Is money appropriated being properly and efficiently spent in relation to those goals, missions and purposes
    • Performance accountability: Are statutory and/or regulatory goals, missions and purposes being met?
summary of responsibilities
Summary of Responsibilities
  • Executive Branch
    • Plan development
    • Implementation
  • Legislature
    • Goal setting
    • Oversight
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