Date of Adoption: January 26, 2001.
Purpose: Establish administrative rules for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, for consistency with state law and to better inform the public of its operating methods and structure.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 42.17.250, [42.17].260(5), [42.17.]290, 43.21C.120(1), chapters 34.05, 42.30, 77.85 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 00-24-104 on December 6, 2000.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 22, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 22, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 22, Amended 0, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
February 1, 2001
"Acquisition" means the gaining of rights of public ownership by purchase, negotiation, or other means, of fee or less than fee interests in real property, and related interests such as water or mineral claims and use rights.
"Applicant" means any agency, person or organization that meets qualifying standards, including deadlines, for submission of an application soliciting a grant of funds from the board. Generally, eligible applicants for SRFB funds include a state, local, tribal or special purpose government, a nonprofit organization, a combination of such governments, or a landowner for projects on its land.
"Application" means the form(s) developed and implemented for use by applicants in soliciting project funds administered by the board.
"Board" means the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) created by chapter 13, Laws of 1999 1st sp. sess. (2E2SSB 5595), now codified as chapter 77.85 RCW.
"Chair" means the chair of the board.
"Development" means the construction or alteration of facilities, the placement or removal of materials, or other physical activity to restore or enhance salmon habitat resources.
"Director" means the director of the IAC or that person's designee, responsible for implementation of board activities under chapters 79A.25 and 77.85 RCW.
"IAC" means the interagency committee for outdoor recreation (IAC), an executive state agency established under chapter 79A.25 RCW.
"Lead entity" means the local organization or group designated under RCW 77.85.050.
"Manual(s)" means a compilation of state and federal policies, procedures, rules, forms, and instructions that have been assembled in manual form and which have been approved by the board for dissemination by paper, electronic or other formats to all who may wish to participate in the board's grant program(s).
"Preliminary expense" means project costs incurred prior to board approval, other than site preparation/development costs, necessary for the preparation of a development project.
"Project" means the undertaking which is, or may be, funded in whole or in part with funds administered by the IAC on behalf of the board.
"Project agreement" means a project agreement, supplemental agreement, intergovernmental agreement, or project contract between the IAC acting on behalf of the board, and a project sponsor.
"Project sponsor" means an applicant under RCW 77.85.010(6) who has been awarded a grant of funds, and has a signed project agreement.
(1) Is an unsalaried body of ten members. Five members are citizens appointed by the governor from the public-at-large, with the consent of the senate, for a term of three years each. The other members are the:
(a) Commissioner of public lands;
(b) Director of the department of fish and wildlife;
(c) Director of the state conservation commission;
(d) Director of the department of ecology; and
(e) Secretary of transportation (or the designees of these individuals).
The five citizen members, including the chair, are voting members. The chair of the board is appointed by the governor from among the five citizen members.
(2) Is authorized and obligated to administer grant programs for salmon recovery, and related programs and policies.
(3) Performs and accomplishes work by a staff under the supervision of the IAC director appointed by the governor.
(4)(a) Conducts regular meetings, pursuant to RCW 42.30.075, according to a schedule it adopts in an open public meeting.
(b) May conduct special meetings at any time, pursuant to RCW 42.30.080, if called by the chair.
(c) Maintains an official record of its meetings in a recorded audio format, unless written minutes are otherwise indicated for logistical reasons.
(5) Defines a quorum as three of its voting members, with a preference that at least two of the agency members shall also be present.
(6) Adopts parliamentary meeting procedure generally as described in Robert's Rules of Order. Only voting members may make motions or formal amendments, but agency members may request the chair for leave to present a proposal for board consideration.
(2) Board policies, including those referenced in the manuals, shall be considered and approved by the board in an open public meeting. Notice of such considerations will be given by distribution of the agenda for the meeting, press releases, meeting notice in the Washington State Register, or other means.
(3) Project applicants, project sponsors, or other interested parties may petition the director for a waiver or waivers of those items within the manuals dealing with general administrative matters and procedures. Determinations on petitions for such waivers made by the director are subject to review by the board at the request of the petitioner.
(4) Petitions for waivers of subjects regarding board policy, and those petitions that in the judgment of the director require board review, shall be referred to the board for deliberation. Policy waivers may be granted after consideration by the board at an open public meeting.
(1) Be adopted by the board in advertised public meetings;
(2) Consider applicant, local, regional, and statewide needs, technical merits, and other criteria;
(3) Be developed through the participation of interested parties and specialists, and include best available science;
(4) Be made widely available to interested parties in published manuals and related electronic materials;
(5) Be designed for use by an independent technical panel or team of evaluators with relevant expertise when selected for this purpose on behalf of the board;
(6) Be in accord with statutes.
The director shall implement the board's criteria, assessment, evaluation and rating systems in preparing funding options or recommendations for board consideration.
(1) Administer board programs at the offices of the IAC;
(2) Administer all applicable rules, regulations and requirements established by the board or reflected in the laws of the state;
(3) Implement board decisions; and
(4) Approve certain waiver requests or other administrative matters.
(2) To the extent applicable, it is the responsibility of applicants and project sponsors to comply with the provisions of chapter 43.21C RCW, the State Environmental Policy Act rules, the National Environmental Protection Act, and to obtain associated land-use and regulatory permits and reviews.
(a) Clearly states the question the declaratory order is to answer; and
(b) Provides a statement of the facts which raise the question.
(2) The director may conduct an independent investigation in order to fully develop the relevant facts.
(3) The director shall present the petition to the board at the first meeting when it is practical to do so and will provide the petitioner with at least five days notice of the time and place of such meeting. Such notice may be waived by the petitioner.
(4) The petitioner may present additional material and/or argument at any time prior to the issuance of the declaratory order.
(5) The board may issue either a binding or a nonbinding order or decline to issue any order.
(6) The board may decide that a public hearing would assist its deliberations and decisions. If such a hearing is ordered, it will be placed on the agenda of a meeting and at least five days notice of such meeting shall be provided to the petitioner.
(7) If an order is to be issued, the petitioner shall be provided a copy of the proposed order and invited to comment.
(8) The declaratory order cannot be a substitute for a compliance action and is intended to be prospective in effect.
(9) The board will decline to consider a petition for a declaratory or to issue an order when:
(a) The petition requests advice regarding a factual situation which has actually taken place; or
(b) When a pending investigation or compliance action involves a similar factual situation.
(2) The board's public records shall be available through the public records officer designated by the director. All records access for board records shall be conducted in the same manner as records access for IAC records, including office location, hours, copy fee and request forms. The board adopts by reference the records access procedures of the IAC and charges the director to administer for access purposes the board's records in the same manner as records of the IAC are administered, pursuant to chapter 286-06 WAC.
(3) Any person who objects to the denial of a request for a public record of the board may petition the director for review by submitting a written request. The request shall specifically refer to the written statement which constituted or accompanied the denial.
(4) After receiving a written request for review of a decision denying inspection of a public record, the director, or designee, will either affirm or reverse the denial by the end of the second business day following receipt according to RCW 42.17.320. This shall constitute final board action. Whenever possible in such matters, the director or designee shall consult with the board's chair and members.
GRANT ASSISTANCE RULES
(2) If the director determines that the applicant is eligible to apply for federal funds administered by the board, the applicant must execute any additional forms necessary for that purpose.
(2) Project agreement. An applicant has three calendar months from the date of the board's mailing of the project agreement document to execute and return the agreement to the board's office. After this period, the board or director may reject any agreement not completed, signed and returned, and may reallocate the grant funds to another project(s). The director may waive compliance with this deadline for good cause.
(2) Agencies and organizations may match board funds with other state funds, including IAC funds, so long as the other state funds are not administered by the board and if otherwise allowed by state law. For the purposes of this subsection, grants issued by other agencies under the Jobs for Environment program and the Forests Fish program are not considered to be administered by the board.
(3) Private donated real property, or the value of that property, must consist of real property (land and facilities) that would otherwise qualify for board grant funding.
(4) The eligibility of federal funds to be used as a match is governed by federal requirements and thus may vary with individual proposals and grant cycles.
(1) The project agreement shall be prepared by the director after approval of the project by the board at a public meeting. The director shall execute the agreement on behalf of the board and submit the document to the applicant. After the applicant signs the agreement, the applicant becomes and is referred to as the project sponsor. The parties are then bound by the agreement's terms. The applicant shall not proceed with the project until the agreement has been signed and the project start date listed in the agreement has arrived, unless the applicant has received specific authorization pursuant to WAC 420-12-070.
(2) If the project is approved by the board to receive a grant from federal funds, the director shall not execute an agreement or amendment with the applicant until federal funding has been authorized through execution of a concurrent project agreement with the applicable federal agency, if and as necessary.
(1) Reimbursement method. Reimbursement shall be requested on voucher forms authorized by the director. Requests must include all documentation as detailed in the manual in effect at the time reimbursement is requested.
(2) Reimbursement level. The amount of reimbursement may never exceed the cash spent on the project by the sponsor.
(3) Partial payment. Partial reimbursements may be made during the course of a project on presentation of billings showing satisfactory evidence of partial acquisition or development by the project sponsor. The director may require written assurance that full project completion is scheduled by a specific date. In the event of appropriation reductions or terminations, the project agreement shall allow the board to suspend or terminate future obligations and payments.
(4) Direct payment. Direct payment to escrow of the board's share of the approved cost of real property may be made following board approval of an acquisition project when the project sponsor indicates a temporary lack of funds to purchase the property. Prior to release of the board's share of escrow funds, the project sponsor must provide the director with a copy of a binding sale agreement between the project sponsor and the seller and evidence of deposit of the project sponsor's share (if any) into an escrow account.
(5) Advance payments may be made in limited circumstances only, pursuant to the policy outlined in the adopted reimbursement manual.
(1) The board shall not reimburse expenses for activities undertaken, work performed or funds expended before the date on which the agreement was signed. This policy is referred to as the board's prohibition on retroactivity. The only exceptions are as outlined in the adopted reimbursement manual, for certain preliminary expenses.
(2) If such exceptions do not apply, a waiver may be issued to avoid the prohibition on retroactivity only under the following circumstances, for retroactive land acquisition cost reimbursements:
The director may grant a waiver of retroactivity when an applicant documents, in writing, that a condition exists which may jeopardize the project. When evidence warrants, the director may grant the applicant permission to proceed prior to the signing of an agreement by issuing the written waiver. This waiver of retroactivity shall not be construed as an approval of the proposed project. If the project is subsequently approved for board funding, the expenditures described in the waiver incurred shall be eligible for assistance if they otherwise satisfy the reimbursement requirements under WAC 420-12-060.
(3) Cost increases. The board shall reimburse only for allowable expenses under WAC 420-12-070. If costs increase after the agreement is signed, a project sponsor is solely responsible, unless the adopted manual for the relevant grant cycle specifically establishes a cost-increase method for that cycle.
(1) For fee, less-than-fee, and easement acquisition projects:
(a) A legal description of the property acquired;
(b) A conveyance to the state of Washington of the right to use the described real property forever for the designated salmon habitat protection purposes; and
(c) A restriction on conversion of use of the land.
Without prior approval of the board, a facility or property acquired with money granted by the board shall not be converted to a use other than that for which funds were originally approved. The board shall only approve such a conversion under conditions which assure the substitution of other land of at least equal fair market value at the time of conversion, and of as nearly feasible equivalent usefulness and location.
(2) For lease acquisition projects, a binding agreement which contains a legal description of the property and rights acquired and which meets the following criteria. The interest:
(a) Must be for at least fifty years unless precluded by state law;
(b) May not be revocable at will;
(c) Must have a value supported through standard appraisal techniques;
(d) Must be paid for in lump sum at initiation;
(e) May not be converted, during the lease period, to a use other than that for which funds were originally approved, without prior approval of the board.
(2) The board shall only approve such a conversion under conditions which assure that:
(a) All practical alternatives to the conversion have been evaluated and rejected on a sound basis;
(b) A new project or facility will be provided to serve as a replacement which:
(i) Is of reasonably equivalent habitat utility and location;
(ii) Will be administered under similar stewardship methods as the converted development;
(iii) Will satisfy need(s) identified in the project sponsor's watershed strategy or plan; and
(iv) Includes only elements eligible under the board's program from which funds were originally allocated.
(3) The board may condition any conversion approval as needed to protect the public habit investment.