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September 24, 1999
Contact: Mike Judge, (360) 902-2407 or Gayle Kreitman, (360) 902-2564

WDFW to hold meetings for people planning to begin water projects

OLYMPI--The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled six public meetings beginning Oct. 6 in western Washington so agency biologists can provide information about it's proposed Habitat Conservation Plan and take public comments.

The issue is important for citizens who plan activities that affect the flow or bed of fresh or salt water in Washington. Those activities require a WDFW Hydraulics Project Approval permit.

However, because a number of Washington fish species currently have protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, WDFW proposes to develop a Habitat Conservation Plan that has been approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agencies that administer the Endangered Species Act for fish.

An approved Habitat Conservation Plan will mean WDFW can issue HPA permits for activities that might harm protected fish species or their habitats.

As part of that process, WDFW is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement. During the upcoming public meetings, the public may comment on alternatives, mitigation measures, licensing or on other issues arising in the process.

Persons with questions may contact Mike Judge at (360) 902-2407.

All meetings are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The locations are:

  • Olympia: Oct. 6 General Administration Building Auditorium, 210 11th Ave. S.
  • Ellensburg: Oct. 7, Yakima Room, Student Union Building, Central Washington University
  • Longview: Oct. 12 Cowlitz County PUD, 961 12th Ave.
  • Everett: Oct. 14, JCR Room, Jackson Center, Everett Community College, 801 Wetmore Ave.
  • Spokane: Oct. 19, Lounge Rooms A and B, Student Union Building, Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr.
  • Okanogan: Oct. 20, Okanogan County PUD, 1331 2nd Ave. N.