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Category: Mineral Prospecting
Published: April 2009
The 2009 Gold and Fish pamphlet replaces all previous editions and will remain valid until the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) publishes a new edition. The rules contained in it were developed to protect fish and their habitats. This pamphlet serves as your Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) for the types of mineral prospecting and mining activities described in it. You must follow the rules in the pamphlet1 when you conduct those projects in Washington. These rules do not relieve you from obtaining landowner permission and any other necessary permits before conducting any mineral prospecting activity. You must also follow the rules and regulations of tribal, local, federal, and other Washington state agencies. You may print out the Gold and Fish pamphlet from http://wdfw.wa.gov/habitat/goldfish/ or request one from a WDFW office.
If you want to conduct mineral prospecting or mining activities at different times or locations, or with different equipment than allowed in this pamphlet, you must apply for a separate, written HPA. You will receive an HPA if WDFW can determine that your proposed activity does not harm fish life.
You may request a written HPA by submitting a complete application to WDFW. The application form is titled â€�"Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Applicationâ€ (JARPA). The JARPA and instructions are available online at www.epermitting.org. You can also call the Office of Regulatory Assistance at (800) 917-0043 or (360) 407-7037, or email email@example.com