WSR 05-21-029

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed October 11, 2005, 8:06 a.m. , effective October 11, 2005 ]


Purpose: This rule-making order amends WAC 16-752-505 Wetland and aquatic weed quarantine -- Regulated articles, by adding Glyceria maxima to the list of aquatic plants prohibited from sale in Washington state.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 16-752-505.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 17.24 and 34.05 RCW.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: The intrusion into this state of nonnative, invasive plant species is of grave and immediate concern. Glyceria maxima, an aquatic weed, has been identified in two ponds in Snohomish County. It requires early intervention to successfully eradicate, as it is known as a very aggressive colonizer of freshwater environments. The biological window of opportunity to eliminate this infestation before anticipated seed set is very brief and does not allow time to complete the permanent rule-making process. This rule is being adopted to protect the economic well-being of the nursery industry, and the environmental quality and natural resources of the state.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: October 11, 2005.

Valoria H. Loveland

Director

OTS-8173.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-19-004, filed 9/2/04, effective 10/3/04)

WAC 16-752-505   Wetland and aquatic weed quarantine -- Regulated articles.   All plants and plant parts of the following are regulated articles under this chapter:

Scientific Name Common Name
Butomus umbelatus flowering rush
Cabomba caroliniana fanwort
Crassula helmsii Australian swamp stonecrop
Egeria densa Brazilian elodea
Epilobium hirsutum hairy willow herb
Glossostigma diandrum mud mat
Gyceria maxima reed sweetgrass, tall manna grass
Hydrilla verticillata hydrilla
Hydrocharis morsus-ranae European frog-bit
Lagarosiphon major African elodea
Ludwigia hexapetala water primrose
Lysimachia vulgaris garden loosestrife
Murdannia keisak marsh dew flower, Asian spiderwort
Myriophyllum aquaticum parrotfeather
Myriophyllum spicatum Eurasian watermilfoil
Najas minor slender-leaved naiad, brittle naiad
Nymphoides peltata yellow floating heart
Sagittaria graminea grass-leaved arrowhead
Sagittaria platyphylla delta arrowhead
Spartina alterniflora smooth cordgrass
Spartina anglica common cordgrass
Spartina densiflora dense-flowered cordgrass
Spartina patens salt meadow cordgrass
Trapa natans water chestnut, bull nut
Trapa bicornus water caltrap, devil's pod, bat nut
Utricularia inflata swollen bladderwort

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 17.10, 17.24, and 34.05 RCW. 04-19-004, 16-752-505, filed 9/2/04, effective 10/3/04. Statutory Authority: Chapters 17.24, 17.10, and 15.13 RCW. 01-01-014, 16-752-505, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 17.10.235 and chapter 17.24 RCW. 92-07-024, 16-752-505, filed 3/10/92, effective 4/10/92.]

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