Proposed Rule: Water Quality Standards a whole new aproach to monitoring and enforcement
from Washington Rural Civil Rights League
Washington State - These are far more than proposed water quality standards, this is a whole new approach water quality monitoring and enforcement. "In July 1993, the Washington State Department of Ecology initiated a new managerial framework to improve the protection of water quality. Ecology began a five year transition to a comprehensive Watershed Approach to Water Quality Management. In this approach, both point and nonpoint source problems and needs are addressed for all parts of the state."
The entire state is divided up into to WRIA's or "fresh water resource inventory area." These WRIA's are watershed specific and minimum water quality standards are set for each WRIA. The state legislature has exempted most "Watershed Restoration Projects" from part of SEPA lessening the requirements for Ecology to mandate such things as wider buffer zones and land use limitations.
Every body of fresh water with in the state must meet these new standards.
DOE will now have the power through this "watershed approach"
to modify forest and fish rules and shorlines management guidelines.
They will do it one watershed at a time. THOSE WHO THOUGHT THE
WERE EXEMPT AIN'T and that includes agriculture. (See below)
A- Chapter 34.05 RCW "Administrative Procedure Act"
B- State Environmental Procedures Act (SEPA) RCW 43.21C.030
A- "Watershed Restoration Projects"-- the legislature has exempted "Watershed Restoration Projects" form part of SEPA.
(1) Watershed restoration plan" means a plan, developed or sponsored by the department of fish and wildlife, the department of ecology, the department of natural resources, the department of transportation, a federally recognized Indian tribe acting within and pursuant to its authority, a city, a county, or a conservation district, that provides a general program and implementation measures or actions for the preservation, restoration, re-creation, or enhancement of the natural resources, character, and ecology of a stream, stream segment, drainage area, or watershed, and for which agency and public review has been conducted pursuant to chapter 43.21C RCW, the state environmental policy act. If the implementation measures or actions would have a probable significant, adverse environmental impact, a detailed statement under RCW 43.21C.031 must be prepared on the plan.
2- Notice RCW 89.08.460 says," probable significant,
adverse environmental impact"; this is nothing but a "designation
of non significance" The economic harm to landowners could be
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