Sand & Gravel General Permit

The Sand and Gravel General Permit regulates discharges of process water, stormwater, and water from mine dewatering into waters of the state associated with sand and gravel operations, rock quarries, and similar mining operations. The permit also covers concrete batch operations and hot mix asphalt operations.

Untreated water that discharges from sand and gravel operations may harm fish, aquatic life, and water quality.

The modified permit went into effect April 1, 2018 and expires March 31, 2021.

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Permit reissuance

We are pleased to announce that the draft Sand and Gravel General Permit is available for public comment. We invite comments on the draft permit documents beginning Oct. 27, 2020 until Dec. 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. We will publish a Response to Comments as an appendix to the fact sheet to address comments submitted during the public comment period.

How to provide comments

We will accept comments from Oct. 27, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2020.

You may submit comments:

  • Online: Submit your comments through our online comments form (preferred method)
  • By mail:
    Adrien Carroll-Perkins
    Washington State Department of Ecology
    PO Box 47696
    Olympia, WA  98504-7696
  • In person online: You may provide verbal comments during any of our public hearings

Workshops and hearings

During the workshop, we will explain the proposed changes to the permit and answer questions. The hearing will begin immediately following the public workshop and will end when public testimony is complete. During the hearing, you may give oral testimony and written comments on the proposed changes. Written comments will receive the same consideration as oral testimony. The workshops and hearings offered via webinar allow individuals to view the presentation and provide testimony via computer, phone, or other mobile device. Ecology will not offer in-person hearings because of safety concerns relating to COVID-19.

The webinar workshops and hearings are on the following dates:

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
Evening Sand & Gravel Workshop and Hearing Webinar
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Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 10 a.m.
Morning Sand & Gravel Workshop and Hearing Webinar
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Timeline

Oct. 27, 2020 to Dec. 11, 2020, 11:59 p.m: Formal public process (public comment and formal hearing) on the draft permit
February 2021: Decision on permit reissuance
March 2021: Current permit expires

Current Permit Documents

Do I need a permit?

You may need a Sand and Gravel General Permit if your facility:

  • Discharges process water, stormwater, or mine dewatering water into waters of the state.
  • Is associated with sand and gravel operations, concrete batch plants, or asphalt batch plants.

You may need a portable operation permit if you move from site to site to:

  • Crush rock
  • Make concrete
  • Make asphalt

Information about past permit reissuance events, documents, presentations, and expired permits

For help, please contact:

For facilities located in the following counties:

Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima

Help with permit requirements or site-specific questions:

Stephanie Giesin
stephanie.giesin@ecy.wa.gov
509-454-7869

Help applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Cindy Huwe
cynthia.huwe@ecy.wa.gov
509-457-7105

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Sand & Gravel Permit Coordinator
Washington State Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, WA 98903-0009

For facilities located in the following counties:

Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman

Help with permit requirements or site-specific questions, applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Annie Simpson
annie.simpson@ecy.wa.gov
509-329-3565

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Sand & Gravel Permit Manager
Department of Ecology
Eastern Regional Office
4601 North Monroe Street, Suite 202
Spokane WA 99205-1295

Help with permit requirements or site-specific questions:

Island, King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties
Jay Fennell
jay.fennell@ecy.wa.gov
360-649-7289

San Juan and Skagit counties
Stephanie Barney
stephanie.barney@ecy.wa.gov
360-255-4390

Whatcom county
Elizabeth Fint
elizabeth.fint@ecy.wa.gov
360-255-4389

Help applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Tricia Miller
tricia.miller@ecy.wa.gov
425-649-7201

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Sand & Gravel Permit Coordinator
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98008-5452

Help with permit requirements or site-specific questions:

Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties
Jessica McConnell
jessica.mcconnell@ecy.wa.gov
360-690-4796

Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, and Pierce counties
Eli Newby
eli.newby@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6292

Help applying for coverage, finding or completing forms, or drafting public notices:

Carey Cholski
carey.cholski@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6279

Morgan Dorner
morgan.dorner@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6280

Mail forms to:

Attn: WQ Sand & Gravel Permit Coordinator
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
P.O. Box 47775
Olympia WA 98504-7775