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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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December 14, 2018
Contact: Randi Thurston, (360) 902-2602

WDFW seeks members for advisory group on
hydraulic regulations that protect fish life

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to fill up to 11 positions on a citizen group that advises the department in administering a state law designed to protect fish life in Washington waters.

That law, known as the Hydraulic Code, has been in effect since 1943 to ensure that projects such as bulkheads, culverts, and dock construction meet state standards for fish and shellfish protection.

The department will accept applications and nominations to its Hydraulic Code Implementation Citizen Advisory Group through Jan. 16, 2019. 

The advisory board provides input to WDFW staff on implementation of the Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) permitting program to:

  • Maintain and improve consistency and effectiveness of the HPA program.
  • Improve the soundness of permits.
  • Increase public understanding about the importance of the HPA in protecting fish life.
  • Improve HPA implementation outcomes for fish and people.

Randi Thurston, WDFW protection division manager, said the advisory group includes representation by environmentalists, landowners, contractors, mineral prospectors, salmon-recovery groups, foresters, and others affected by HPA rules.

"We count on our advisory group members to let us know whether our implementation of the HPA permitting program meets their needs and provides adequate protection for fish life," Thurston said. "This input is critical in helping WDFW meet the needs of both fish and the people affected by these regulations."

The advisory group also provides recommendations on operational procedures, compliance, consistency, outcomes, and communications with the public, she said. 

Applications and nominations must be submitted in writing and address the following items:

  • The applicant or nominee's name, address, telephone number, and email address. (People or groups making nominations must also submit their own names and contact information.)
  • The candidate's relevant experience, organizational affiliations, and reasons why they would be an effective advisory group member.
  • Familiarity with Washington's HPA permitting program and issues with HPA implementation.
  • A written response to one of the following topics: 1) The biggest challenges facing WDFW in permitting of hydraulic projects, or 2) Ways WDFW can improve the administration of the HPA program.

Application letters must be received by WDFW no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 16, 2019. Submit applications and nominations by email to, or send them to:

Attn: Randi Thurston
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 43200
Olympia, WA  98504-3200

WDFW will conduct phone interviews with prospective candidates and appoint new members before the March 14, 2019 meeting of the group. Contact Ms. Thurston at (360) 902-2602 or with questions about this opportunity. 

More information about the advisory group is available at The department's HPA program website is located at