The Hydraulic Code Rules, except those for mineral prospecting, were last updated in 1994. The proposed rule changes will update the requirements and make them consistent with statutory, procedural, and administrative changes and current fish science and design technology. Specifically the rule changes will:
- Incorporate up-to-date fish science and technology;
- Simplify the permitting of certain types of projects;
- Improve procedural and administrative requirements to better align with statutory changes made since the rules were last revised; and
- Establish a structure for adaptive management in response to changing science and technology and/or the results of effectiveness monitoring.
WDFW prepared a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on the Hydraulic Code Rule changes. The Draft PEIS for the Hydraulic Code Rule changes can be viewed online on this website or on our Final 2013 SEPA documents webpage. We received many thoughtful comments on the Draft PEIS and proposed Hydraulic Code Rule changes during the public comment period that closed on December 13, 2013. We appreciate the time and effort taken to submit the comments.
WDFW will review and respond to all of the comments in the Final Programmatic EIS and incorporate necessary changes into the proposed Hydraulic Code Rules. These documents will be sent to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in mid-2014 along with a cost-benefit analysis and a Small Business Economic Impact Statement (SBEIS) as part of the official rule adoption process. These documents will also be posted on this page and the department's Current Rule Making Activity page.
We anticipate that the next and final public comment period will be open for 30 days in spring, 2014, as part of the Fish and Wildlife Commission rule-making process. You will be able to submit your comments on the latest version of the rule changes by email, online, or by mail. You can also provide testimony at a public hearing that will be held after that public comment period closes. We will post the dates of the public comment period and the public hearing on this page and the department's Current Rule Making Activity page when the dates are known.
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