WSR 21-05-057
[Filed February 16, 2021, 9:25 a.m.]
Announcing the Draft Boatyard General Permit
and Fact Sheet for Review and Comment
The Washington state department of ecology (ecology) proposes to reissue the boatyard general permit (permit), a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and state waste discharge general permit. The permit was last issued in July 2016 and is scheduled to expire at the end of July 2021. The revised draft permit and fact sheet, which explains the legal and technical basis for the permit, are available with any associated documents for review and public comment from March 3, 2021, through April 16, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Ecology will host public hearings on the draft permit.
Purpose of the Permit: The statewide permit provides coverage for boatyards that discharge stormwater runoff from areas with industrial activity directly to the ground, to a surface waterbody, or to a storm sewer system that drains to a surface waterbody. This general permit also regulates process wastewater from pressure washing in boatyards, unless the wastewater is discharged to a municipal sanitary sewer operated by a sewer authority (publicly owned treatment works) with a delegated pretreatment program. Under federal and state water quality laws (Federal Clean Water Act and State Water Pollution Control Act), a permit is required for the discharge of stormwater or wastewater from these facilities.
Applying for Coverage under the Permit: Facilities that have reapplied for coverage by February 1, 2021, and are covered under the existing permit, would be covered under a new permit. New or unpermitted facilities may obtain coverage under the permit by submitting a complete permit application to ecology and satisfying all applicable public notice and State Environmental Policy Act requirements (WAC 173-226-200). Access to the application is available online at
Copies of the Draft Permit and Fact Sheet: The draft permit and fact sheet will be available online at by end of day on March 3, 2021. You may also request copies from Kim Adams at 360-407-6448 or email
Ecology Contact: James Hovis, Washington State Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47696, phone 564-999-3244, Olympia, WA 98504-7696, email
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: To request ADA accommodation for disabilities, call ecology at 360-407-7285 or visit People with impaired hearing may call Washington relay service at 711. People with speech disability may call TTY at 877-833-6341.
En Español: Para información en español, por favor comuníquese con Gustavo Ordóñez al 360-407-6619.
Submitting Written Comments: Ecology will accept written comments on the draft permit and fact sheet from March 3, 2021, through April 16, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. Ecology prefers online comment submission via the eComment form (link below) on the permit webpage. Written comments by mail must be postmarked by April 16, 2021. Comments should reference specific permit text when possible.
Online eComment form: (preferred).
By mail: Send to James Hovis (See address information above).
Public Workshops and Hearings: The purpose of the workshop is to explain the general permit and to answer questions prior to the formal public hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity for people to give formal oral testimony and written comments on the proposed draft permit. Oral testimony will receive the same consideration as written comments.
The public hearing will begin immediately following the public workshop and will conclude when public testimony is complete.
The boatyard general permit hearings will occur at the following dates and times:
Evening: Monday, April 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., Webinar, join the Webinar*
Morning: Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., Webinar, join the Webinar*
Workshops and hearings offered via webinar allow individuals to view the presentation and provide testimony via computer or mobile device. Ecology is not currently offering in-person hearings due to COVID-19 safety concerns.
Issuing the Permit: After ecology receives and considers all public comments, we will make a final decision on permit issuance. Ecology expects to make a decision on the general permit in June 2021.