May. 25, 2011 New state permit helps control invasive aquatic species and protect our waters

In an effort to nip problems with invasive species early before they grow out of control, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has finalized a new Aquatic Invasive Species Management General Permit.

The permit is the regulatory tool that directs how chemicals or other control products may be used to manage invasive aquatic animals and invasive marine algae in state waters.

The permit does not cover invasive aquatic weeds, which are covered by other permits.

Washington water quality statutes and regulations don’t allow the discharge of pollutants, such as chemicals, into waters without a permit obtained from Ecology.

Read the full article on Ecology's website.