On one hand, Dr. John says the department can do all the testing it needs without using $600,000 from the federal government.
Saying they don’t need the money to meet their new mission, state environmental officials recently turned down almost $600,000 in federal grants. The money would have been used to set up a network of sites to begin testing streams in the Piedmont where natural gas production is likely to occur and to establish a long-term planning and monitoring program to protect wetlands.
Before the reorganization is complete in early 2014, DENR spokesman Drew Elliot said the department expects to cut about 70 positions in the new Division of Water Resources – half of them already vacant.
Yeah. It makes perfect sense to me, too.