FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-23—Filed February 22, 2019, 10:44 a.m., effective March 1, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: March 1, 2019.
Purpose: Amends recreational fishing rules for the Yakima River.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-05000A; and amending WAC 220-312-050.
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 Yakima/Klickitat fisheries project managers (Yakama Nation and the Washington department of fish and wildlife) are using the two main gravel pit ponds at Easton to acclimate and release hatchery-reared coho salmon smolts this spring. This emergency rule is needed to temporarily close the ponds during the smolt acclimation period. Both ponds will be stocked with catchable trout before reopening. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent rules.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: February 22, 2019.
WAC 220-312-05000AFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-050, effective March 1 through April 26, 2019, it is unlawful to fish in the waters of Easton Ponds 1 and 2 (Kittitas Co.).
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective April 27, 2019:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside.