WDFW - Licensing Division
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
Update on suction dredging, other activities affected by drought
WDFW has begun to rescind emergency restrictions on suction dredging, mechanical removal of aquatic plants, and fishing in rivers and streams affected by the summer drought. The department expects to repeal restrictions on additional waters as stream conditions improve. Rivers and streams where restrictions are still in effect are listed below.
A news release issued Sept. 2 describes the department’s recent action to rescind drought-related restrictions on certain rivers and streams.
Construction, Land Use & Environmental Permits
Hydraulic Project Approval The major types of activities in freshwater requiring an HPA include, but are not limited to: stream bank protection; construction or repair of bridges, piers, and docks; pile driving; channel change or realignment; conduit (pipeline) crossing; culvert installation; dredging; gravel removal; pond construction; placement of outfall structures; log, log jam, or debris removal; installation or maintenance of water diversions; and mineral prospecting. Major saltwater activities requiring an HPA include, but are not limited to: construction of bulkheads, fills, boat launches, piers, dry docks, artificial reefs, dock floats, and marinas; placement of utility lines; pile driving; and dredging. It is important to emphasize that the above are only examples of major types of activities requiring an HPA and that any construction activity or other work that uses, diverts, obstructs, or changes the natural flow or bed of state waters requires an HPA.
Gold and Fish: Rules for Mineral Prospecting and Placer Mining The rules contained in this pamphlet were developed to
protect fish and their habitats. This pamphlet serves as
your Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) for the types of
mineral prospecting and mining activities described in
it. You must follow the rules in the pamphlet when you
conduct those projects in Washington. These rules do not
relieve you from obtaining landowner permission and any
other necessary permits before conducting any mineral
prospecting activity. You must also follow the rules and
regulations of local, federal, and other Washington state
Aquatic Plant Removal Aquatic noxious weeds are introduced plants that now threaten our native
vegetation, fish, wildlife and their habitat. In recognition of the importance
of controlling aquatic noxious weeds, the Aquatic Plants and Fish Pamphlet was created by
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to:
expedite the Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) process for projects
designed to control early infestations of aquatic noxious weeds,
expedite the HPA process for applicants who want to control
aquatic beneficial plants using small scale projects only (e.g.,
around docks and in swimming areas).