OLYMPIA – A new website now makes it easier for businesses and individuals to apply for the local, state and federal environmental permits they need to work in and around water.
The new website (http://www.epermitting.org), developed by the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Assistance, provides current forms and step-by-step guidance for completing a Joint Aquatic Resource Permit Application (JARPA).
That is good news for anyone seeking a hydraulic project approval (HPA) permit for construction projects or other work in or near state waters, said Bob Bicknell, a senior staff biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
“This new website should save applicants a lot of time and frustration,” Bicknell said. “It goes a long way in providing the forms and guidance people need to complete their applications for HPAs and other permits correctly the first time.”
Each year, WDFW processes approximately 4,000 JARPAs for hydraulics permits, which are designed to protect fish life in Washington waters.
Bicknell said permit applications will still be available at WDFW regional offices, but recommended that any prospective applicant with access to a computer try the new website. “It can really streamline the process,” he said.