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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 provide technical assistance to ensure projects meet state conservation standards for finfish, shellfish and the habitat that supports them.

The role of the advisory group is to provide perspectives on how WDFW administers the Hydraulic Code Rules (Chapter 220-660 WAC).  This includes providing advice about changes proposed to regulations and operations of the HPA program.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the advisory group is to provide input to WDFW HPA Program staff on ways to improve implementation of the HPA Program in order to 1) Maintain and improve consistency of HPA permits; 2) Improve the soundness of permits; 3) Increase understanding of the public about the importance of the HPA in protecting fish life, and 4) Improve HPA implementation outcomes for fish and people.

The advisory group provides input on the effectiveness of the HPA program in such areas as procedures, transparency, consistency, outcomes, compliance, and communications. Fish protections that can be improved through operational measures without changes to rule or statute are also topics for discussion by the group.

Meeting Calendar and Agendas

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November 28, 2019 To Be Determined
September 26, 2019 To Be Determined
June 13, 2019 Wa. PUD Assn. Conf. Rm. at 212 Union Ave SE Suite 2, Olympia, WA 98501
March 14, 2019 Olympia Center Rm 100: 2018 HPA/Enf recaps Agenda | Meeting Handouts
November 29, 2018 Olympia WPUD Conf Rm: Introduction to compliance issues Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
September 20, 2018 Olympia, DCR Handouts: Suction dredge rule making, proposed comments, Whitehouse proposal Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
May 31, 2018 Olympia, DCR Handouts: Whitehouse proposal, Thurston response, March 2018 "Issues & Buckets" Agenda | Meeting Handouts | Minutes
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

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