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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Sanchez, M.
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-10-06
HB
SHORT TITLE Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly
SB 608
ANALYST Woods
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$125.0
Non-Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)
No Responses Received From
Office of the State Engineer- Interstate Stream Commission (OSE)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 608, which makes an appropriation to support the Middle Rio Grande Water Assem-
bly, seeks to appropriate $125,000 from the general fund to the Interstate Stream Commission for
expenditure in fiscal year 2007 to create an open-access, nonproprietary, web-based application
for viewing the potential outcomes of specific water management decisions as reflected in
changes in land use, including a geographic information system model for geo-spatial visualiza-
tion complete with hosting and data collection. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance re-
maining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert to the general fund.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) indicates that the appropriation may not
be sufficient to accomplish such an ambitious task, in which case additional appropriations may
be necessary. If successful, additional fiscal impact may be experienced if any of the fifteen
other regions request funding for similar modeling applications for their planning and public out-
reach processes.
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SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
DFA further suggests that this appropriation would fund an application for modeling various wa-
ter management scenarios. The Rio Grande Water Assembly is a group that formed in response
to development of the middle Rio Grande regional water plan, which is part of the State Water
Plan process. One of the difficulties encountered by the agency and regions in developing re-
gional water plans is figuring out ways to communicate how various decisions in one part of the
plan may affect other parts of the plan. The Assembly believes this modeling application would
result in better understanding on the part of stakeholders involved in the process and may ulti-
mately lead to better, more holistic decision making.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
DFA concludes that the application funded by this appropriation could improve the depth and
quality of the region's plan and lead to a greater understanding among participant stakeholders of
the effect of various decisions. However, since this region's plan (like most others) has already
been completed, access to this informative tool may actually revive debate and cause the periodic
regional plan review and update process to take longer and cost more than anticipated.
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