Chapter 173-566 WAC

This rulemaking will create Chapter 173-566 WAC – Streamflow Restoration Funding, which will establish process and criteria for funding projects under Chapter 90.94 RCW.
In its 2018 session, the Washington Legislature directed Ecology to restore and enhance stream flows. In addition to fees collected from applicants for building permits where development would rely on permit-exempt wells, the Legislature authorized $300 million in capital funds over the next 15 years to:
  • Implement watershed restoration and enhancement projects developed under RCW 90.94.020 and RCW 90.94.030.
  • Collect data and complete studies necessary to develop, implement, and evaluate watershed restoration and enhancement projects under Chapter 1, Laws of 2018, codified in Chapter 90.94 RCW, statewide.
The Streamflow Restoration Funding Rule will establish process and criteria for prioritizing and approving grants consistent with legislative intent, thus making Ecology’s funding decisions and contracting more transparent, consistent, and defensible.

Rulemaking timeline


Announcement phase (CR-101)

Filing date:
Aug. 15, 2018

Announcement documents

Rule development phase

August 15, 2018 through December 2018

Public input & involvement

We've developed a preliminary draft of Chapter 173-566 WAC - Streamflow Restoration Funding for public comment to gather input as we develop a rule proposal: This preliminary draft rule language will be discussed at the public workshops being held around the state in October. You can also share feedback via our online commenting system. We anticipate adopting Chapter 173-566 WAC in time for use in the 2019 funding cycle. The comment period on the preliminary draft runs through Oct. 28 2018.  

Please note: This rule does not apply to the 2018 Streamflow Restoration Grant funding cycle.

The following    public workshops have been scheduled:

Ecology’s Central Regional Office
1250 W Alder St, Union Gap, 98903
1:00 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

Omak Public Library
30 South Ash Street, Omak
1:00 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

Spokane Library – Shadle Branch
2111 W Wellesley Ave, Spokane 99205
1:00 pm, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
Ecology Headquarters
300 Desmond Drive, Lacey,  98503
1:00 pm, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
Kitsap Regional Library
1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton, 98310
2:00 pm, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Everett Public Library
2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett, 98201
1:00 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

Rule proposal phase (CR-102)

Filing date:
Jan. 17, 2019

Rule proposal documents:

Comment period

Comments are due 5:00 pm March 15. Submit written comments by mail, online, or at the hearing.

Mail: Rebecca Inman
         Department of Ecology
         Water Resources Program
         PO Box 47600
         Olympia WA  98504-7600

Online: http://ws.ecology.commentinputcom/?id=bJBti

Public Hearing: see below.

A hearing with concurrent webinar will be held on March 5, 2:00, at Ecology’s Headquarters: 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey.  Oral testimony can be made during the hearing in-person or by phone.

To request assistance with disabilities, please contact Teresa Reno, 360-407-7285 or  People with speech disability may call TTY at 877-833-6341.  People with impaired hearing may call Washington Relay Service at 711.
The concurrent webinar will allow you to take part in the hearing from any computer through the Internet.  Preregistration is not required.  To join online and see instructions:

For audio call US Toll number 1-240-454-0887 and enter access code 807 166 766.  Or to receive a free call back, provide your phone number when you join the event.

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To request ADA accommodation for disabilities, or printed materials in a format for the visually impaired, call Teresa Reno at 360-407-7285 or email People with impaired hearing may call Washington Relay Service at 711. People with speech disability may call TTY at 877-833-6341.