52nd Legislature

                      1991 Regular Session



Passed by the House March 19, 1991

  Yeas 87   Nays 9




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate April 16, 1991

  Yeas 33   Nays 14




President of the Senate












Governor of the State of Washington



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1389 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                                      Chief Clerk











                        Secretary of State   

                       State of Washington  




                       ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1389



                             AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


                     Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By House Committee on Environmental Affairs (originally sponsored by Representatives Fraser, Winsley, Rust and Belcher).


Read first time February 22, 1991.Regulating aquatic plants.

     AN ACT Relating to aquatic plants; adding new sections to chapter 43.21A RCW; adding a new section to chapter 46.16 RCW; creating new sections; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.




     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.      The legislature hereby finds that Eurasian water milfoil and other freshwater aquatic weeds can adversely affect fish populations, reduce habitat for desirable plant and wildlife species, and decrease public recreational opportunities.  The legislature further finds that the spread of freshwater aquatic weeds is a state-wide problem and requires a coordinated response among state agencies, local governments, and the public.  It is therefore the intent of the legislature to establish a funding source to reduce the propagation of Eurasian water milfoil and other freshwater aquatic weeds and to manage the problems created by such freshwater aquatic plants.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 43.21A RCW to read as follows:

     The freshwater aquatic weeds account is hereby created in the state treasury.  Expenditures from this account may only be used as provided in section 4 of this act.  Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  A new section is added to chapter 46.16 RCW to read as follows:

     In addition to any other fee required under this chapter, boat trailers shall annually pay a fee of three dollars.  The proceeds of this fee shall be deposited in the freshwater aquatic weeds account under section 2 of this act.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  A new section is added to chapter 43.21A RCW to read as follows:

     Funds in the freshwater aquatic weeds account may be appropriated to the department of ecology to develop a freshwater aquatic weeds management program to:

     (1) Issue grants to cities, counties, and state agencies to prevent, remove, reduce, or manage excessive freshwater aquatic weeds.  Such grants shall only be issued for lakes, rivers, or streams with a public boat launching ramp.  The department shall give preference to projects having matching funds or in-kind services;

     (2) Develop public education programs relating to preventing the propagation and spread of freshwater aquatic weeds;

     (3) Provide technical assistance to local governments and citizen groups; and

     (4) Fund demonstration or pilot projects consistent with the purposes of this section.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.      If specific funding for the purposes of this act, referencing this act by bill number, is not provided by June 30, 1991, in the omnibus appropriations act, this act shall be null and void.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 6.      This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect July 1, 1991, except section 3 of this act shall be effective for vehicle registrations that expire August 31, 1992, and thereafter.