WSR 02-22-103

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed November 6, 2002, 10:24 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Invasive aquatic species.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Addition of species and infested waters will reduce the impact of invasive aquatic species.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Department of Agriculture regulates aquatic plants and will be consulted through the Aquatic Nuisance Species Committee.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lew Atkins, Fish Program, Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2651. Contact by December 31, 2002, expected proposal filing January 2, 2002 [2003].

November 5, 2002

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office