Aquatic Weed Control in Irrigation Systems
Due to a recent court decision (Fairhurst v. Hagener), as well as a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule, the Department of Ecology is planning to issue this permit under state permitting authority. The 2002 permit was issued under both state and federal NPDES authority.
The permit provides coverage for irrigation districts and irrigation water suppliers who apply aquatic herbicides in irrigation canals or ditches. Currently, sixteen irrigation districts and irrigation water suppliers are covered by the permit.
We expect to complete the draft version of the permit and release it for public comment by October 2006. The proposed timeline for drafting the permit is:
|October 2006||Public notice of draft permit|
|November 2006||Public hearings and end of the public comment period|
|January 2007||Issue final permit|
The Department of Ecology will keep a mailing list to inform the public of significant stages in the development of the permit, including notices of the draft permit, public hearings, and issuance of the permit. Information will also be posted on the Department of Ecology's web page at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/pesticides/index.html.
To join the mailing list, to comment on the appropriateness of general permits instead of individual permits, or to provide information on potential dischargers, please contact Andrew Kolosseus, Washington State Department of Ecology, Water Quality Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, (360) 407-7543.