WSR 97-05-033

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

FOREST PRACTICES BOARD

[Filed February 13, 1997, 12:34 p.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Modify forest practices rules that define type 2 and 3 waters in WAC 222-16-030, and define requirements for the Forest Practices Board manual.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 76.09.040, [76.09.]050 and chapter 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Modifications are needed to protect public resources, specifically fish, by ensuring that riparian rules are being applied to fish-bearing streams and that the water quality upstream of fish hatchery intakes is protected.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: State-Department of Ecology; Federal-Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Forest Service; and Others-Indian tribes.

Process: Timber, fish and wildlife participants have worked together to draft this initial proposal, and they are working on a long-term plan to develop a more comprehensive proposal to recommend to the Forest Practices Board.

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 sending comments to Judith Holter, Forest Practices Board Rules Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, Forest Practices Division, P.O. Box 47012, Olympia, WA 98504-7012, phone (360) 902-1412, FAX (360) 902-1784.

February 12, 1997

Jennifer M. Belcher

Commissioner of Public Lands

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office