May. 6, 2015 Department of Ecology News

Draft Nonpoint Source Plan available for review

The Washington Department of Ecology draft Washington’s Water Quality Management Plan to Control Nonpoint Sources of Pollution (Nonpoint Source Plan) has been posted at the following link:

A public comment period is open until June 5, 2015. All comments must be received on or before June 5, 2015. Comments can be submitted to Ecology in three ways:

◦ Email:

◦ Mail: Ben Rau, Department of Ecology, PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504

◦ Hand Deliver: Department of Ecology (Headquarters), 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey, WA 98503.

As part of the Nonpoint Source Plan roll-out, Ecology will be hosting several meetings to provide background information on the Nonpoint Source Plan, describe how the plan is structured and key changes made by this update, provide information on how you can provide comments on the draft plan, outline the timeline for finalizing the plan, and take questions.

Meeting structure:

· Introductions (10 minutes)

· Background on Nonpoint Source Plan (15 minutes)

· Overview of Draft Nonpoint Source Plan (45 minutes)

· Questions (40 minutes)

· Wrap-up (10 minutes)

The public meeting schedule:

May 6, 2015 (2pm – 4pm) – Ecology Headquarters – Lacey (both an “in-person” and “online” webinar meeting)

Washington Department of Ecology

Auditorium / Webinar

300 Desmond Drive SE

Lacey, WA 98503

May 11, 2015 (6pm – 8pm) – Yakima Area Arboretum – Yakima

Jewett Interpretive Center

Yakima Area Arboretum

1401 Arboretum Dr.

Yakima, WA 98901

May 12, 2015 (6pm – 8pm) – Oxford Suites – Spokane

Oxford Suites Spokane Valley Washington Hotel
Conference Room

15015 E. Indiana Avenue

Spokane Valley, WA 99216

May 18, 2015 (6pm – 8pm) - Edmonds Conference Center – Edmonds

Orchid Room

Edmonds Conference Center

201 Fourth Ave N.

Edmonds, WA 98020

Additionally, you can join the May 6th meeting online remotely via webinar. Click HERE to sign up to attend the meeting remotely.

For more information on the meetings and the Washington’s Water Quality Management Plan to Control Nonpoint Sources of Pollution please visit the Nonpoint Pollution webpage.

If you have questions, contact Ben Rau at or 360-407-6551.