DRAFT WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT
THE SECTION 303(d) LIST, AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW
The assessment is presented as a package of internet tools that includes interactive maps and lists that allow the user to customize and sort an area of interest by geographic location, pollutant parameter, degree of concern, and other factors. Informational workshops on how to access the information using the interactive mapping tool and simple query tool will be held in locations across Washington. Ecology staff will explain the draft and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts with ecology staff and other participants.
Each workshop will be the same, so it is only necessary to attend one.
• February 8 (Friday), Lacey, Department of Ecology, 300 Desmond Drive, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
• February 11 (Monday), Yakima, Yakima Convention Center, 10 North 8th Street, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
• February 12 (Tuesday), Spokane, Spokane Falls Community College, Student Union Building Conference Room, West 3410 Fort George Wright Drive, 835 21st Avenue, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
• February 13 (Wednesday), Bellevue, Ecology Northwest Regional Office, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
If individuals or groups are interested in meeting with ecology at a time or location different from the workshops, please contact Ken Koch at (360) 407-6782 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ecology encourages the public to review waters that they are familiar with and provide comments on where they see problems or disagree with the assessment results. If the commenter disagrees with the assessment results, an explanation should be provided, and additional information submitted to support the finding.
The draft assessment can be found at www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/303d/2008/index.html. Paper copies are also available. The deadline for public comments is 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2008. Please submit comments in writing to the address below or at any of the public workshops.
What Happens After the Public Review? Ecology will review all comments and make changes to the preliminary list of categories as appropriate. After that, the final assessment will be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for review. EPA has the authority to approve or reject Category 5 listed waters, which is the equivalent of the Section 303(d) list. Each of the water bodies on the Category 5 list will need water quality improvement reports developed, also known as a total maximum daily loads or TMDLs. A TMDL identifies how much pollution needs to be reduced or eliminated to achieve clean water.
How do I Learn More? To learn more about the draft water quality assessment of Washington's waters, visit our web site at www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/303d/2008/index.html. Questions can also be addressed to Ken Koch at (360) 407-6782 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
To receive a paper copy of the draft policies, submit comments, or ask any other question about this process, please contact Becca Conklin, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (360) 407-6413.
January 23, 2008
David C. Peeler
Water Quality Program Manager