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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 1. Remove internal combustion motors prohibition on small streams

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Rules Category
Statewide

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

Short Description
Remove internal combustion motor prohibition rule from small streams in Regions 3 and 6.

Explanation
This is a "housekeeping" change to remove the internal combustion motor (ICM) prohibition from small rivers and creeks where the use of a floating device equipped with an ICM is impractical and would not be considered feasible. Removes this rule from streams in the following counties: Grays Harbor, Kittitas, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Yakima.

County Stream Section Region 
King Co. Pratt River From mouth upstream 4
King Co. Taylor River From mouth upstream 4
King Co. Tolt River From mouth to USGS trolley cable near confluence of North and South forks 4
King Co. Tolt River, North Fork From falls in section 26 upstream 4
King Co. Tolt River, South Fork From dam upstream 4
Kittitas Co. Cle Elum River from mouth to Cle Elum and from Cle Elum to Hyas Lake 3
Kittitas Co. Umtanum Creek   3
Kittitas Co.  Box Canyon Creek   3
Kittitas Co.  Cooper River   3
Kittitas Co.  De Roux Creek   3
Kittitas Co.  Kachess River   3
Kittitas Co.  Naneum Creek   3
Kittitas Co.  North Fork Teanaway River   3
Kittitas Co.  Swauk Creek   3
Kittitas Co.  Taneum Creek   3
Kittitas Co.  Teanaway River   3
Lewis/Thurston Co. Skookumchuck River from Skookumchuck Reservoir upstream 6
Pacific Co. Cedar River   6
Pacific Co. Naselle River from the North Fork upstream 6
Pacific Co. Naselle River, South Fork   6
Pacific Co. Nemah River, Middle Fork from Dept. of Natural Resources bridge on Middle Nemah A-line Rd. upstream 6
Pacific Co. Nemah River, South Fork from confluence with Middle Nemah upstream to 2nd Hwy 101 bridge crossing 6
Pacific Co. Palix River from the confluence with the Middle Fork upstream (all forks including South Fork Palix and Canon rivers) 6
Pacific Co. Smith Creek near North River from Hwy 101 Bridge upstream 6
Pacific Co. Willapa River from Fork Creek upstream 6
Pacific Co. Willapa River, SF   6
Pacific/ Grays Harbor Co. North River from Fall River upstream to Raimie Creek 6
Pacific/Wahkiakum Co. Salmon Creek   6
Pierce Co. Nisqually River from Alder Reservoir upstream (including Little Nisqually, Mineral Creek, and North Fork Mineral Creek) and all other tributaries of Alder Reservoir 6
Pierce Co.  Clearwater River   6
Pierce Co.  Nisqually River from the military tank crossing bridge (located one mile upstream of the mouth of Muck Creek, river mile 12) to 400' below La Grande Powerhouse  6
Pierce Co.  Ohop Creek   6
Pierce Co.  Puyallup River from Weyerhaeuser 6000 Rd. (Bridge Camp) upstream  6
Pierce Co.  White River from Weyerhaeuser 6000 Rd. (Bridge Camp) upstream  6
Skagit Co. Cascade River From Rockport -Cascade Road upstream to headwaters 4
Snohomish Co. All Tributaries to the South Fork Skykomish River above Sunset Falls   4
Snohomish Co. Monte Cristo Lake Note: Monte Cristo "lake" is just a wide spot in the South Fork Sauk River; rules need to be consistent with the South Fork Sauk river 4
Snohomish Co. Pilchuck Creek Mouth to Highway 9 bridge 4
Snohomish Co. Sauk River From Darrington Bridge upstream including the forks 4
Snohomish Co. Skykomish River, South Fork From Sunset Falls upstream,  4
Snohomish Co. Stillaguamish River, South Fork From Mountain Loop Highway upstream 4
Snohomish Co. Tye River From Foss River upstream to Alpine Pass 4
Thurston Co. Deschutes River from Henderson Blvd. Bridge near Pioneer Park upstream 6
Thurston Co. McAllister Creek   6
Whatcom Co. Big Beaver Creek, Ross Lake Trib Mouth to headwaters 4
Yakima Co. Ahtanum Creek   3
Yakima Co.  American River    3
Yakima Co.  Bumping River   3
Yakima Co.  Cowiche Creek   3
Yakima Co.  Little Naches River    3
Yakima Co.  Rattlesnake Creek   3
Yakima Co.  Tieton River   3

Original Rule Proposal Number(s)
DFW603213
DFW379544

Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation
Adopt as proposed.

Commission Action
Adopted as proposed.

Rule Modifications
No


Public Testimony

There were no comments.

Online Public Comments  (21 comments)

HAROLD, RUSSELL S  September 21, 2012
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I oppose this rule change.
BURKLE, BOB L  September 21, 2012
ELMA, WA  
Comments:
This is a crazy idea and will just encourage jet sledders to try to navigate these streams, cutting logs out of the way and damaging salmon redds. You should be going the other way, outlawing any operation of a ICM in any river and stream where salmon redds are present.
YOUNG, SETH A  October 08, 2012
MOUNT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
disagree with proposal on the grounds that if okd lots of people would be sucking up salmon reds with jet impellors.
TACHELL, JONATHAN T  October 08, 2012
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I would like to see the ban of internal combustion engines on streams continue in washington, especially in smaller streams to provide a quality angling experience and reduce polution and degredation of habitat.
COX, ROGER D  October 28, 2012
VANCOUVER, WA  
Comments:
Leave the prohibition. If it is 'not feasible' to use ICM's the prohibition is not causing a restriction and they polute.
CARVER SR, RUSSELL L  November 29, 2012
LAKETAPPS, WA  
Comments:
reject proposal rule#1 there is to much carbondioxide in the citys now we don't need it in on our streams along with the fuel contamination.
COLEMAN, MARK   December 07, 2012
SNOQUALMIE , WA  
Comments:
I agree. I would also like to new rules for the Humptulips, Wynoochee, and Satsop rivers.
GARDNER, JOE R  December 07, 2012
KIRKLAND, WA  
Comments:
I would not like for this to become a rule. I think the restriction should be kept.
ASHE, KEVIN   December 08, 2012
DARRINGTON, WA  
Comments:
this sounds reasonable but since i don't live near or fish these streams the local people might feel differently.
ALLEN, DANIEL   December 28, 2012
MT VERNON, WA  
Comments:
I would agree on most of these but not all. I would like to keep a few (Cascade, maybe the Teanaway) the way they are.
SPAHMAN, RONALD W  January 14, 2013
KELSO, WA  
Comments:
I TOTALLY SUPPORT THE REMOVAL OF THE OUTBOARD MOTOR RESTRICTION ON THE PALIX RIVER AND OTHER WILLAPA RIVERS AND STREAMS WHERE IT IS LISTED. WILLAPA BAY IS KNOWN FOR STRONG WINDS AND TIDES AND A MOTOR IS NEEDED TO FISH IN THESE AREAS WITH THESE CONDITIONS. A MOTOR NOT ONLY HELPS FOR FISHING BUT, FOR SAFETY TOO. WE USE A FOUR STROKE MOTOR THAT IS CLEAN AND NOT DANGEROUS TO THE ENVIRONMENT. THESE RIVERS ARE DEEPER AND HAVE MUCH MORE CURRENT THAN MANY PEOPLE REALIZE. REMOVING THIS MOTOR RESTRICTION WILL HELP GREATLY. THANK YOU..
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN   January 14, 2013
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
we are in favor of this proposal thanks Bob Harriman, legis liaison Borderline Bassin Contenders
BORDEAU, BRIAN   January 17, 2013
WOODINVILLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule.
MYERS, BILLY G  January 20, 2013
CENTRALIA, WA  
Comments:
The Skookumchuck reservoir is not accessible by the public and should be taken out of WDFW's jurisdiction. Common fishermen are not allowed access, let alone with a boat.
RICH, SAMANTHA   January 25, 2013
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
Do not allow ICM on small rivers & creeks...the ecological impacts on small systems would be large if there were accidents.
WISNER, LEEROY   January 28, 2013
CHEHALIS, WA  
Comments:
NO ---- In my area, Lewis & Pacific counties, the restrictions of prohibiting internal combustion engines from these streams is something I am opposed to. These are flowing streams, which means to me that any contamination by them or errosion created by them is non-significant as there are very little boat traffic in the upper reaches anyway. It seems to be just a start to prohibit the average sport fisher from doing something they enjoy, that may be expanded later.
ELLIOTT, TOM J  January 28, 2013
MARYSVILLE , WA  
Comments:
I do not wish to see access to any waters limited to only those with a drift boat or walking. Waters should be left open to all users regardless of the type of boat they own. Most common people can not afford more then one type of boat or are unable to row a drift boat to access many of these waters. Thank you.
GAVIN, MARK J  January 28, 2013
NORTH BEND, WA  
Comments:
Most strongly disagree with this proposal as it contains incorrect information concerning the Nisqually River in Region 6. It is huge take way for sled anglers. REMEMBER NOT EVERYONE IS PHYSICALLY CAPABABLE OF ROWING A DRIFT BOAT! The waters up stream of the Tank crossing have always been open to sleds. The powerhouse hole about two miles upstream from the tank crossing is prime plugging water from a sled. About five miles upstream from the tank crossing is a rapids called the “sled stopper”. Upstream of the “sled stopper” IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE point to ban fishing from sleds.
COPE, ED L  January 29, 2013
AUBURN, WA  
Comments:
Do not support removing motorized traffic on rivers.
LAWRENCE, MIKE E  January 29, 2013
TUMWATER, WA  
Comments:
I am not in favor of the ban on outboard motors on the Palix River in Pacific County. I have enjoyed fishing this river for many years. As a Senior now,it would be impossible for me to enjoy this beautiful river and setting. The tides at that location are too strong for me to row. If I were to have anyone in the boat with me,I couldn't do it. Very few people fish this river,so why ban outboard motors?
STAJDUHAR, GABE   January 29, 2013
GIG HARBOR, WA  
Comments:
I agree