The public plays a vital role in the decisions we make to protect the environment. We encourage everyone in Washington to attend meetings and informational workshops, and to provide comment on rules and decisions.
Use our Public input & events listing to find opportunities to participate.
Our public input process lets you have your voice heard and influence decisions we make on behalf of the environment. You know about your neighborhood, community, and local conditions and how our regulatory proposals may affect them. Although we’re bound by state and federal laws, your comments can influence how solutions are achieved.
Get involved — We need your voice
"Every day, we make important decisions at Ecology. These decisions affect the quality of life of the people who live in this great state now and for generations to come . . . . We have both the opportunity and responsibility to consider the public's input in our decision making. This allows our state's diverse public to say what they believe the impact of our decisions will have on them as individuals or to a particular interest group.
"This is important input. It helps us understand whether there is enough public support to sustain a decision over time. It helps us make sure we have good scientific, legal, and economic foundations for our actions.
"It is within this thoughtful environment that we make important decisions at Ecology. Every element and person contributing to the knowledge base informing the decision needs to be treated with respect. We weigh the considerations — scientific, legal, economic, social, and technical — to address the environmental needs of the state. That is our strength; the diversity of information we use in our decision-making. "
- Polly Zehm, Ecology Deputy Director