October 02, 2013
Contact: Randi Thurston, (360) 902-2602
WDFW seeks comments, schedules
public meetings on Hydraulic Code
OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept public comments through Nov. 15 on proposed updates to the Hydraulic Code, which governs construction work in and around state waters.
As part of that effort, WDFW has scheduled seven public meetings in October and early November to discuss with the public the proposed rule changes.
Hydraulic Code rules were last updated in 1994, with the exception of those for mineral prospecting, which were updated in 2008.
The proposed rule changes would update the requirements to stay current with fish science and design technology, streamline the review process for Hydraulic Permit Applications (HPA), and remain consistent with state law.
Six general-focus public meetings will run from 6-8 p.m. and are scheduled for:
- Oct. 17 - WDFW's Mill Creek Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek
- Oct. 24 - Natural Resource Building Room 172, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia
- Oct. 28 - Center Place Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley
- Oct. 29 - Grant County Public Works, 124 Enterprise St. SE, Ephrata
- Oct. 30 - Moxee City Hall, 255 W. Seattle Ave., Moxee
- Nov. 4 - Water Resources Center, 4600 Columbia Way SE, Vancouver
A seventh public meeting focused solely on mineral prospecting will be held in Olympia on Oct. 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 1111 Washington Street in Natural Resources Building Room 172.
The proposed rules - as well as information for submitting comments via mail, email, and online submission - are available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/hpa/rulemaking/.
The Hydraulic Code rules dictate the HPA process, which has been in place since 1943 to ensure projects such as bulkheads, docks, and culverts meet state standards for fish and wildlife protection.