WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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July 18, 2002
Contact: Pat Chapman, (360) 902-2571

Citizen task force to review hydraulic permit process

A new citizen task force will begin meeting later this month to review the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) hydraulic project approval (HPA) permit program.

After a series of seven meetings the group is scheduled to report its findings and recommendations to the state Legislature by Nov. 30.

An HPA permit is required for activities that affect the bed or flow of state waters. The HPA program is designed to protect fish and fish habitat.

The task force was established at the direction of the Legislature. Group members will be chosen to represent a balance of interests including construction and conservation activities. As part of the HPA review, the task force will make recommendations for a potential fee structure for HPA permit processing.

The general public may attend the group's meetings, although discussion will be limited to task force members. Meetings, which run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., are scheduled for:

  • July 24, Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave SE., Lacey
  • Aug.13, Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave SE., Lacey
  • Aug. 27, Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave SE., Lacey
  • Sept. 24-25, Olympia Center, 222 N. Columbia St., Olympia
  • Oct. 15, location to be announced
  • Nov. 1, Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave SE., Lacey
  • Nov. 14, Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave SE., Lacey

Task force membership, meeting agendas and summaries will be posted on WDFW's website as information becomes available.