Boards, Councils & Commissions

Ecology serves on legislatively established boards, councils and commissions to work with public and private partners to address crosscutting environmental issues and carry out agency responsibilities.  Two of these entities, the Forest Practices Board and the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council have independent regulatory authority.

Agricultural Burning Practices and Research Task Force 

The task force was established by the Washington State Clean Air Act to reduce air pollution from agricultural burning by identifying best management practices for reducing air contaminant emissions from agricultural burning, address permit challenges, and recommend projects in areas related to agricultural burning alternatives. The task force also addresses the level of fees to be assessed by the permitting agency and allocation of fees between administration, research, and smoke management.

The Chehalis Board 

The Chehalis Board was created in 2016 and is responsible for the oversight of a long-term strategy to reduce flood damage and restore aquatic species habitat in the Chehalis Basin. The strategy will include a detailed set of actions, an implementation schedule, and quantified measures to evaluate success. The Board consists of seven voting members and five nonvoting ex-officio members, including the Ecology director.

The Coastal Marine Advisory Council

This Council advises the governor, the legislature, and state and local agencies on coastal waters resource management issues on Washington's Pacific coast, including policy, planning, and management.

The Conservation Commission 

The Commission coordinates with all 45 conservation districts in Washington to provide incentive-based programs that make it easier and more affordable for private landowners to implement conservation on their property. The Commission supports conservation districts through financial and technical assistance; administrative and operational oversight; program coordination; and promotion of district activities and services.

The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) 

The Council provides a "one-stop" siting process for major energy facilities in Washington. It coordinates all evaluation and licensing steps for siting certain energy facilities and specifies the conditions of construction and operation. If approved, a site certification agreement is issued in lieu of any other individual state or local agency permits. For facilities under its jurisdiction, EFSEC has been delegated authority by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue permits under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Federal Clean Air Act. EFSEC also ensures that effective and coordinated nuclear emergency response plans are in place and satisfactorily tested for the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant located on the Hanford site in central Washington.

The Forest Practices Board

The Forest Practices Board, established by the 1974 Forest Practices Act, is an independent state agency that sets standards for forest practices such as timber harvests and road construction and maintenance. The Board also manages the Adaptive Management Program, which includes the Timber/Fish/Wildlife Policy Committee and the Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Committee with representatives from landowners, public agencies, the forest industry, environmental community, and tribal governments.

The Habitat and Recreation Lands Coordinating Group 

The Coordinating Group works to improve the visibility and coordination of state habitat and recreation land purchases and disposals.

The Marine Resources Advisory Council 

This Council works with the Washington Ocean Acidification Center on the effects and sources of ocean acidification and is tasked with delivering recommendations to the governor and legislature on ocean acidification; seeking public and private funding resources to support the Council's recommendations; and assisting in conducting public education activities regarding ocean acidification.

The Puget Sound Partnership Ecosystem Coordination Board

The Ecosystem Coordination Board is one of four boards that supports and guides the Partnership in protecting and restoring Puget Sound. The Ecosystem Coordination Board's main role is to advise the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council on carrying out its responsibilities. The Board is made up of 27 members representing specific interests around the Sound.

The Salmon Recovery Funding Board 

The Board provides grants to protect or restore salmon habitat and assist related activities necessary to achieve overall salmon recovery and measurable benefits for salmon and other fish species.

Washington State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

The Washington SERC was created in accordance with federal Public Law 99-499. The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) establishes requirements for federal, state, tribal, and local governments and industry regarding emergency response planning and everyone's right to know about hazardous chemicals in their community. The SERC is comprised of a broad-based membership with representatives from private industry, state and local agencies. The Department of Ecology, Washington State Patrol and Emergency Management Division of the Military Department have specific responsibilities under WAC 118-40.

Washington Invasive Species Council

This Council provides policy-level direction, planning, and coordination for combating harmful invasive species throughout the state.

Well Construction Technical Advisory Group 

This Group advises Ecology on technical well construction issues and assists in developing and revising rules, and licensing and training criteria for inspectors, drillers, and operators.