We issue coverage under this general permit when shellfish growers choose to use an herbicide (imazamox) to control the non-native eelgrass Zostera japonica on their commercial clam beds. Zostera japonica is a class C noxious weed that may be controlled on commercial clam beds, but does not include use for control on geoduck and oyster beds. Physical and mechanical methods of Zostera japonica control are not regulated by this permit. For additional information, please read our blog post related to the Zostera japonica permit.
This permit is a combined National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The previous permit expired on May 2, 2019. The current permit was issued on March 4, 2020 and becomes effective April 4, 2020.
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Current permit and related documents
How we got to the current permit
We accepted comments on the draft Zostera japonica Management on Commercial Clam Beds in Willapa Bay General Permit (permit) from Sept.18, 2019 to Nov. 4, 2019. Our response to comments document includes our responses to the comments we received and describes any changes we made to the permit based on the comments. Also, you can view the comments we received through our online comments system.
Workshops and hearings
We hosted two workshops (one as a webinar) immediately followed by public hearings. During the workshops, we explained changes proposed and answered questions. The hearings began after the public workshops and ended when all individuals who wanted to provided their oral testimony.