e-mail dated December 2011 from top Ecology officials Karen Terwilleger, Keith Phillips, and Derek Sandison on how they planned to find money for their Yakima Project.



From: Terwilleger, Karen (ECY)
To: Sandison, Derek (ECY); Sheffels, Evan (ECY)
Subject: RE: Yakima River Basin Integrated Plan
Date: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 8:18:27 PM

Derek -- what do we need to be successful -- do we really need a budget proviso? Or can you do this without one?
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From: Sandison, Derek (ECY)
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 4:32 PM
To: Terwilleger, Karen (ECY); Sheffels, Evan (ECY)
Subject: RE: Yakima River Basin Integrated Plan

Karen:   My answers are provided below in green.
Derek

From: Terwilleger, Karen (ECY)
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 9:30 AM
To: Sheffels, Evan (ECY); Sandison, Derek (ECY)
Subject: FW: Yakima River Basin Integrated Plan
Importance: High

Evan and Derek,


Before I respond to Keith, can you let me know what communication we’ve had with the OFM and the Gov on this issue this interim. I’ve lost track of all of the paper that has gone back and forth. Did we ever send a final briefing document for the Governor on the issue? Yes, I attached the copy of what I have, Evan may have a modified version. I don’t know who received it. I provided Keith with the information on the Salazar package, but not a briefing paper. If one needs

What discussions did you have AFTER we decided not to put forward an Ecology capital budget request?


Just email correspondence with Keith. I was waiting to hear what he/OFM needs from us.

Did you draft any budget proviso?


No, if someone with expertise in writing such creatures could take a crack at it I can help. The main components would be:  We are building on the $2 million appropriation in the 2011-13 Capital Budget for the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan.


The department shall redirect $2 million from the 2011-13 Capital Budget appropriation for the Office of Columbia River to be used by the department solely for the purpose of implementing elements of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan. An additional $2 million is appropriated from (source???) to be used by the department solely for the purpose of implementing elements of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Plan.


The department shall not undertake such actions until State Environmental Policy Act environmental review of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan has been completed. Prior to the 2013 legislative session, the department will draft a legislative proposal for a policy framework for implementation of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan.

Where would the OCR money come from?


Two options here: 1) Appropriate $2 from the Columbia River Development Account (new appropriation), or 2) we redirect money from the existing appropriation.

Are there projects that would be dropped?


There would not be any projects that would be dropped do to a redirect. We may push one or two into the next biennium. Often times, the project proponents don’t move as quickly as the originally planned, problems emerge that slow them down, or we determine that there is no point in advancing the project further (fatal flaw, cost prohibitive, etc.). In those cases we redirect.

kt

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From: Phillips, Keith (GOV)
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 6:52 AM
To: Terwilleger, Karen (ECY)
Subject: FW: Yakima River Basin Integrated Plan

Karen – let discuss, when you get a minute, please.  If Derek is looking for a capital budget proviso … I haven’t been working it.


Keith

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From: Sandison, Derek (ECY)
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 7:08 PM
To: Phillips, Keith (GOV)
Subject: Yakima River Basin Integrated Plan

Keith:


I have a sneaking suspicion that you are waiting to hear from me, and I am waiting to hear from you regarding how the Governor would like to affirm her commitment to seeing the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Integrated Plan through to the start of successful implementation. Since we had our initial meeting regarding this topic shortly after the Weber Siphon event, the Governor reiterated her interest in making the Integrated Plan one of her major accomplishments when she addressed the public and media on September 18th when Secretary Salazar was in Yakima.

Since that time, we have worked with basin stakeholders to create a list of early action items at the request of Secretary Salazar. That list (attached), has now been sent to both Secretary Salazar and Representative Hastings for their consideration. The list of early action items totals about $20.9 million. I recognize that there are no guarantees on either the federal or state side of the ledger; however, the underlying assumption of the stakeholders and the feds is that, based on the Governor’s comments, the state will participate in a meaningful way in providing the seed money for implementation. By meaningful, I am suggesting something along the lines of the $6 million we discussed previously.


Of the $6 million, we planned to count the $2 million in existing 2011-2013 capital budget for the Yakima Integrated Plan, $2 million in money re-directed from the Office of Columbia River’s existing 2011-2013 capital budget, and $2 million from an undetermined source.

We also discussed creating proviso language that would set up a policy bill for the 2013 session. Steve Lewandowski was part of our previous conversation, but I know we have had a negative revenue forecast since the Governor’s event in Yakima so any optimism he may have had in terms of identifying a source of the other $2 million may have dissipated. I would be glad to facilitate setting up another meeting if that would help identify a path forward.


Derek

Yakima Water


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