Chapter 173-201A WAC (revisions)

We have started the rulemaking process for multiple revisions to Chapter 173-201A WAC, Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington.

During the initial phase we considered the following revisions.
  • Amending the numeric criteria for total dissolved gas in the Snake and Columbia rivers:
    • WAC 173-201A-200(1)(f)(ii)
  • Amending specific sections of the rule to meet legal obligations in a 2018 Stipulated Order of Dismissal:
    • WAC 173-201A-200(1)(c)(ii)(B)
    • WAC 173-201A-210(1)(c)(ii)(B)
    • WAC 173-201A-240(5) Table 240 footnote dd
  • Aligning the rule with the Washington State Department of Health Shellfish Program:
    • WAC 173-201A-210(2)(b)  (This was not included in proposed language see Proposal Notice for more information) 
  • Clarifying the descriptions of marine water aquatic life use designations:
    • WAC 173-201A-210(1)(a)
    • WAC 173-201A-610 Table 610
See where we are in the process to see which revisions we are moving forward in the process. 

Other sections of Chapter 173-201A WAC may be amended, as necessary, to support any revisions to the sections noted above.

Rulemaking timeline

Timeline

Announcement phase (CR-101)

Filing date:

May. 8, 2019


Announcement documents

Rule development phase

May 2019 - July 2019



Public input & involvement

May 8 to May 29, 2019: We held a public comment period on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Rule proposal phase (CR-102)

Filing date:
Jul. 30, 2019

Rule proposal documents:

Comment period

Comment period is from July 31 to Sept. 26, 2019

You can submit comments online or at one of our public hearings, or by US mail at the address below. 

By mail:
Susan Braley
WA State Dept. of Ecology
Water Quality Program
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA  98504-7600
 
In-Person hearing
Sept. 16, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
WA State School for the Blind
Fries Auditorium (Old Main Bldg)
2214 East 13th Street
Vancouver, WA 98661

Online Webinar 
Sept. 19, 2019 1:30 p.m.
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