Hydraulic Code Implementation Citizen Advisory Group
Since 1943, anyone planning certain construction projects or activities in or near state waters has been required to obtain an environmental permit commonly known as an HPA. Thousands of HPAs are issued each year for activities ranging from work on bulkheads, piers, and docks to culvert replacement and mineral prospecting.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) administers the HPA program under the state Hydraulic Code, which is specifically for the protection of fish life. WDFW Habitat Biologists process HPA applications. But more importantly, biologists help people and groups apply for an HPA and ensure their projects meet state conservation standards for finfish, shellfish and the habitat that supports them.
The role of the advisory groups is to provide agency and public perspectives in how WDFW administers the Hydraulic Code Rules (Chapter 220-660 WAC). This includes providing advice on proposed changes to regulations, policies and management of the HPA program.
The Hydraulic Code Citizen and Agency Advisory Groups provide recommendations to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on the implementation of the Hydraulic Code Rules (Chapter 220-660 WAC).