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Randi Thurston, Board Chair
WDFW Habitat Program, Protection Division Manager

Hydraulic Code Implementation Citizen Advisory Group

Since 1943, anyone planning certain construction projects or activities in or near state waters has been required to obtain an environmental permit commonly known as an HPA. Thousands of HPAs are issued each year for activities ranging from work on bulkheads, piers, and docks to culvert replacement and mineral prospecting.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) administers the HPA program under the state Hydraulic Code, which is specifically for the protection of fish life. WDFW Habitat Biologists process HPA applications. But more importantly, biologists help people and groups apply for an HPA and ensure their projects meet state conservation standards for finfish, shellfish and the habitat that supports them.

The role of the advisory groups is to provide agency and public perspectives in how WDFW administers the Hydraulic Code Rules (Chapter 220-660 WAC).  This includes providing advice on proposed changes to regulations, policies and management of the HPA program. 

Mission Statement

The Hydraulic Code Citizen and Agency Advisory Groups provide recommendations to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on the implementation of the Hydraulic Code Rules (Chapter 220-660 WAC). 

Meeting Calendar and Agendas

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Date Location Meeting Materials
November 29, 2018 To Be Determined
September 20, 2018 Olympia, DCR Handouts: Suction dredge rule making, proposed comments, Whitehouse proposal Agenda | Meeting Handouts
May 31, 2018 Olympia, DCR Handouts: Whitehouse proposal, Thurston response, March 2018 "Issues & Buckets" Agenda | Meeting Handouts
March 22, 2018 Olympia 600 Cap Way N. Handouts: See minutes for transcribed wall notes Agenda | Minutes
January 11, 2018 Olympia NRB 556 Handouts: HPA 2017 overview; Climate Change slides Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
November 14, 2017 Webinar Handouts: Proposed Rules; Sultan/Similkameen science Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
September 28, 2017 Mill Ck Region 4 Conf Room Topics: Skype with Margen Carlson; Rulemaking overview; Sultan River (Brokes); Atlantic Salmo Agenda | Minutes
June 14, 2017 Webinar/Conference Call Handouts: Incorporating climate science into culvert design Agenda | Meeting Handouts
March 16, 2017 Olympia NRB DCR Handouts: Habitat News; charter; draft SOPs Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
December 14, 2016 Mill Ck Region 4 Large Conf Rm Handouts: Meeting notes; charter Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes