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Jul. 22, 2015 Washington Department of Ecology --NEWS

WA Department of Ecology finalizes update to Nonpoint Source Plan

The Washington State Department of Ecology has finalized the update to Washington’s Water Quality Management Plan to Control Nonpoint Sources of Pollution (NPS Plan). It replaces the formerly approved June 2005 version of the NPS Plan. An electronic version of the new NPS Plan is available on the Washington State Department of Ecology website at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/nonpoint/index.html

We would like to thank all of you for providing comments on the draft plan. We received 34 comment letters on the draft plan. A response to comments is available as a separate document attached to the NPS Plan in Appendix F. As described in that document we have made several changes to the plan based on the feedback that we received from stakeholders. We appreciate that time, effort and thoughtfulness of the comments that were provided to us.

Now that the update process has been completed, Ecology will be shifting its focus toward implementing the actions outlined in the plan. Specifically, we look forward to working with partners and stakeholders to implement the important actions that it will take to get to clean water.

Again, thank you to all that provided comments. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ben Rau at ben.rau@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-6551.