On June 25, 2019, Ecology adopted a new rule: Chapter 173-566 WAC – Streamflow Restoration Funding 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 establishes 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.
Announcement phase (CR-101)
Aug. 15, 2018
Rule development phase
August 15, 2018 through December 2018
Public input & involvement
We developed a preliminary draft of Chapter 173-566 WAC - Streamflow Restoration Funding for public comment to gather input as we developed a rule proposal:
: This rule does not
apply to the 2018 Streamflow Restoration Grant funding cycle.
The following public workshops were held:
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
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)
Jan. 17, 2019
Rule proposal documents:
The comment period closed at 5:00 pm Mar. 15, 2019.
A public hearing with concurrent webinar was held on March 5, 2:00, at Ecology’s Headquarters: 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey.
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