H-4082.1  _______________________________________________





State of Washington      55th Legislature     1998 Regular Session


By Representatives Regala, Talcott and Chandler


Read first time 01/21/98.  Referred to Committee on Agriculture & Ecology.

Regarding joint select committee.

    WHEREAS, The legislature recognizes the value of lakes in providing habitat for fish and wildlife; recreational opportunities for fishing, swimming, and boating; flood control; and drinking water; and

    WHEREAS, Many lakes in the state have become infested with nuisance and noxious weeds that may limit the habitat and recreational value of lakes; and

    WHEREAS, Current state policies may create a deterrent to effective management of lakes by limiting the control of aquatic plants; and

    WHEREAS, The Joint Select Committee on Lake Health, created in 1996, has made substantial progress in examining state agency policies, local planning, and aquatic plant permitting related to lakes, but many issues remain to be resolved;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the House of Representatives of the state of Washington, the Senate concurring, That a joint select committee on lakes be established to review state agency activities related to lakes, including aquatic plant management, pollution control, and lake restoration planning; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the committee consist of eight members, two from each of the two largest caucuses of the House of Representatives and of the Senate, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate, respectively; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the committee report its findings and recommendations to the legislature by January 1, 1999.


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