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Mar. 19, 2015 Washington Department of Ecology --NEWS

Public review of the latest updated Water Quality Assessment and 303(d) List for Washington State

The Washington State Department of Ecology is conducting a public review of the latest updated Water Quality Assessment and 303(d) List for Washington State, focusing on fresh water data. The draft Assessment results are available for a 60-day public review and comment period from March 17, 2015 – May 15, 2015.

This Assessment updates fresh water listings based on data collected as of the end of December 2010. New with this Assessment, we are updating how we map polluted rivers, lakes, and streams. We are moving from a land-based system using the Public Lands Survey of a Township/Range/Section to a water-based “National Hydrography Dataset” (NHD) system. The mapping change helps us be consistent with other agencies and states, and is strongly recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This Assessment fulfills Washington State’s obligations to submit an “Integrated Report” to EPA to meet requirements under the federal Clean Water Act, sections 303(d) and 305(b). The Integrated Report: 1) identifies polluted waters (also known as the 303(d) List), and 2) reports on the status of water quality statewide where data is available (called the 305(b) Report).

Information on the updated Water Quality Assessment, including access and instructions on using the Search and Map tools as well as other related information, can be found on Ecology’s website at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/303d/freshwtrassessmnt/index.html.

Please plan on attending one of the following public workshops to learn more about the Assessment and how to review the Assessment results:

Date/Time

Location

Address

April 7

1:30pm-4:00pm

Edmonds

Edmonds Conference Center

Chrysanthemum Hall, 201 Fourth Ave. N. Edmonds 98020

April 9

1:30pm-4:00pm

Lacey

Ecology Headquarters Building

300 Desmond Drive

Lacey 98503

April 15

1:30pm-4:00pm

Yakima

Yakima Area Arboretum

1401 Arboretum Drive

Yakima 98901

April 16

1:30pm-4:00pm

Spokane

Spokane CenterPlace

2426 N. Discovery Pl.,

Spokane Valley 99216

You may provide comments directly using the online Search Tool by May 15, 2015, or through one of the following methods:

· By Email: 303d@ecy.wa.gov

· By Fax: 360-407-6426

· By Mail:

Patrick Lizon

Washington State Department of Ecology

Water Quality Program

P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.

For more information, contact Patrick Lizon at (360) 407-6782 or by email at swqs@ecy.wa.gov.