WSR 11-04-082


[ Filed February 1, 2011, 9:11 a.m. ]


Ecology Issues the New Aquatic Plant and Algae Management General Permit

New Permit Issued: Ecology will issue the new aquatic plant and algae management general permit (permit) on February 16, 2011. This permit replaces the previous permit issued in 2006.

Purpose of the Permit: The permit is a joint national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) and state waste discharge general permit. The permit covers the discharge of products used to control aquatic plants and algae in Washington lakes. The permit also allows treatment of emergent plants along roadsides and ditch banks. Control products include aquatic herbicides, algaecides, biological clarification products, aquatic dyes, adjuvants, and nutrient inactivation products such as alum.

Ecology Contact: Kathy Hamel, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, phone (360) 407-6562, fax (360) 407-6426, e-mail

Public Notice Process and Comments: Ecology hosted two informational workshops and public hearings, and accepted written and oral comments on the draft permit, fact sheet, and notice of intent (application) from September 1, 2010, to October 15, 2010. Ecology received comments from forty-three entities. The comments and ecology's response to comments and other permit documents may be downloaded at

You may request a copy of any of the documents from Julie Robertson at (360) 407-6575, or e-mail at

Your Right to Appeal the Permit: You have a right to appeal the content of the permit to the pollution control hearings board (PCHB) within thirty days of the date of receipt of this letter. The appeal process is governed by chapters 43.21B RCW and 371-08 WAC. "Date of receipt" is defined in RCW 43.21B.001(2).

To appeal, within thirty days of the date of receipt of this letter you must:

File your appeal and a copy of the coverage letter with the PCHB (see addresses below). Filing means actual receipt by the PCHB during regular business hours.
Serve a copy of your appeal and coverage letter on ecology in paper form - by mail or in person. (See addresses below.) E-mail is not accepted.

You must also comply with other applicable requirements in chapters 43.21B RCW and 371-08 WAC.

Address and Location Information

Street Addresses Mailing Addresses
Department of Ecology

Attn: Appeals Processing Desk

300 Desmond Drive S.E.

Lacey, WA 98503

Department of Ecology

Attn: Appeals Processing Desk

P.O. Box 47608

Olympia, WA 98504-7608

Pollution Control Hearings Board

1111 Israel Road S.W.

Suite 301

Tumwater, WA 98501

Pollution Control Hearings Board

P.O. Box 40903

Olympia, WA 98504-0903

Washington State Code Reviser's Office