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Miranda Wecker, Chair
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Vice Chair

 

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July 2, 2010 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

MEETING MINUTES

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION
MEETING via CONFERENCE CALL

July 2, 2010 - 8:30 a.m.
Olympia, Washington

ATTENDANCE:
Commission Department
Miranda Wecker, Chair Phil Anderson, Director
Gary Douvia, Vice Chair Joe Stohr, Deputy Director
Ken Chew Dave Pulliam, Assistant Director, Wildlife Program
David Jennings Nathan Pamplin, Dep. Asst. Director, Wildlife Program
Chuck Perry Lisa Wood, Appeals Coordinator, Habitat Program
Brad Smith Pat Chapman, Section Manager, Habitat Program
Rollie Schmitten
Commission Staff: Public: None
Susan Yeager, Exec. Assistant
Darline Bartlett, Admin. Assistant

Chair Wecker called the meeting to order at 8:33 a.m.

A. Hydraulic Permitting Approvals (HPA) ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS PROCESS CHANGES – RULE BRIEFING:
Lisa Wood briefed the Commissioners on proposed rule amendments resulting from 2010 Legislation that eliminates the Administrative Appeals Board and transfers functions to the Pollution Control Hearings Board effective July 1, 2010 (Chapter 43.21B RCW).  The proposed amendments also clarify various administrative procedures associated with appealing HPA decisions and orders imposing civil penalties.
 
                 WAC 220-110-030, Hydraulic project approvals, procedures;
                 WAC 220-110-340, Freshwater technical provisions; and
                 WAC 220-110-350, Formal appeal of administrative decisions.
           

The public hearing opportunity and Commission final rule action on these proposals is scheduled for the August 6-7, 2010, Commission meeting in Olympia.

B. GENERAL DISCUSSION
Director Anderson introduced the new Wildlife Program Assistant Director, Dave Pulliam to the Commissioners. Director Anderson reviewed the region office awards schedule for next week and said AD Pulliam would be introduced to staff during those events.

Deputy Director Joe Stohr informed the Commissioners on the budget status and what the Department is doing to meet the budget deficits and revenue shortfalls.

Chair Wecker alerted the Commissioners that the next conference call on July 16, 2010, the Commission will try WebEx tool for viewing documents related to items on the agenda in real time.  She reminded Commissioners to review the existing Commission Policy on Puget Sound Crab (C-3609) and be ready to discuss potential changes during upcoming Commission meetings.

Commissioner Jennings suggested possible solutions focusing on non-consumptive users. Chair Wecker suggested that this would be an excellent topic for the Bio-Diversity Committee. Commissioner Jennings and Commissioner Smith agreed to discuss the subject in further detail at the committee level and then bring ideas back to the full Commission.

Commissioner Schmitten reported that Upper Columbia River Sockeye counts are exceeding projections.

Commissioner Perry commented on his part of the opening day of crab season and noted that the public seemed to be complying well with the rules and cooperating with enforcement.

Director Anderson informed the Commissioners that data on the Columbia River spring Chinook fishery would be sent out to Commissioners later today.

Chair Wecker adjourned the meeting at 9:37 a.m.