New HPA rule making implementing 2SHB 1579 Civil Compliance Enhancements
WDFW started the rule making process to revise Hydraulic Code Rules in chapter 220-660 WAC to implement elements of Second Substitute House Bill (2SHB) 1579. This bill became effective July 28, 2019 and amended the law governing Construction Projects in State Waters - chapter 77.55 Revised Code of Washington (RCW), better known as the Hydraulic Code.
The bill implements recommendations of the Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force related to increasing chinook abundance. The new laws:
- Repeal a statute that limited WDFW’s authority to regulate bank protection in saltwater areas for single-family residences,
- Add sections (RCW 77.55 400-470) that provide enhanced authorities for WDFW’s civil compliance program; and
- Establish procedures for potential applicants to request a preapplication determination about whether a project requires a hydraulic project approval (HPA).
Randi Thurston, Habitat Program Protection Division Manager
Rule Making - Materials and Timeline
Announce rulemaking and invite comments about scoping rules on this topic
Propose rule (file the CR-102 form)
Make supporting documents availableInvite comments on proposed rule and supporting documents
|January 2020||Public hearing tentatively scheduled|
|February 2020||Adoption anticipated|
HPA Suction Dredge Rules - Effective November 1, 2019
The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted new rules requiring standard written Hydraulic Project Approvals (HPAs) for suction dredging in Washington effective November 1, 2019. Beginning on that date, suction dredgers will no longer be able to conduct suction dredging activities under the Gold and Fish pamphlet. The new rules also require suction dredgers to begin recording their suction dredging activities on January 1, 2020, and submit annual reports each year. The first annual report is due February 1, 2021.The rules also require that all suction dredge equipment used in any Washington water must be decontaminated according to department specification prior to use in a different water of the state. Information about decontamination methods can be found on the WDFW Aquatic Invasive Species web page. Suction dredge equipment that has been used in waters outside of Washington State must be inspected for the presence of aquatic invasive species by an authorized department employee or agent before being used in waters of the state. Anyone bringing suction dredge equipment from outside Washington is urged to call the department's AIS hotline (1-888-WDFW-AIS) to determine how to receive an inspection before entering the state. Aquatic Invasive Species prevention measures for suction dredges become effective November 1, 2019.
Final 2019 HPA Suction Dredge Rule Making Documents
- CR-103 Rule Making Order (WSR 19-12-126 filed on June 5, 2019)
- Concise Explanatory Statement (June 4, 2019)
- Response to Comments (For Fish and Wildlife Commission) (May 3, 2019)
- Implementation Plan (May 8, 2019)
- Final Regulatory Analysis (May 6, 2019)
- Final Small Business Economic Impact Statement (April 18, 2019)
- CR-102 Proposed Rule Making (WSR 19-05-094 published on March 6, 2019)
- CR-101 Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (WSR 18-11-037 published on May 28, 2018)