Upland Finfish Hatching & Rearing General Permit

Fish hatcheries play a large role in Washington's ability to create recreational and commercial fishing opportunities. The Upland Finfish Hatching and Rearing permit regulates the discharge of wastewater from certain hatcheries that raise salmon, trout, and other finfish species. 

The current permit expired on March 31, 2021. The new permit is effective on Oct. 1, 2021, and expires on Sept. 30, 2026.

Apply for a permit

Submit a new permit application

  1. Sign up for a SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account. SecureAccess Washington or SAW is the state of Washington’s secure portal to access and submit applications. 
  2. Add the WQWebPortal Service to your SAW account to reapply for coverage.
  3. Follow these instructions to reapply for the permit.

Permit reissuance

We are pleased to announce that we are reissuing the Upland Finfish Hatching and Rearing General Permit. We invited comments on the draft permit documents beginning on April 7, 2021 until May 26, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

The final permit contains the following changes:

  • Add monitoring of effluent for nutrients and temperature for hatcheries that discharge to dissolved oxygen and temperature impaired waterbodies.
  • Integrate TMDL determinations (pollution limits) for hatcheries that discharge to waters with EPA-approved TMDLs.
  • Remove the ability for hatcheries to drop permit coverage if they fall below production threshold.
  • Add a requirement to submit an engineering checklist to help determine if facility modification or construction work will impact water quality.
  • Require, for clarity, grouped plan submittals, adding more sampling location specificity in the sampling plan and adding more flow reporting.

Permit documents

Documents from the public comment period

Workshops and hearings

During the workshops in early May, we explained the proposed changes to the permit and answered questions. The hearing began immediately following the public workshop

Workshop/Hearing PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Regional contacts for help with your permit:

Regional Map showing southwest, northwest, central and eastern regions