Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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Updated Health Screening Process


Heading into an Ecology building or out to do Ecology field work?

Use our new self-screening tool to see if you meet agency criteria for working in one of our buildings or conducting Ecology business in the field. This applies to agency employees, Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) members, agency vendors and contractors, and anyone doing agency business in the field or in one of our buildings.

We're following the Governor's Road to Recovery plan. Accordingly, we are joining a statewide effort to slow the spread of coronavirus by having most of our staff work from home.  While continuing our work, we will do everything possible to keep people safe and to accommodate public participation.

Updates related to our business practices and any operational changes are listed on this page and will continue to be updated as information changes. We have up-to-date guidance and information for the regulated community, those who conduct business with us, and interested members of the public.


Offices open by appointment starting Oct. 19, 2021

All Ecology buildings will be open by appointment only. Please call ahead to the office you wish to visit (see phone numbers below) to schedule an appointment. Because a majority of Ecology staff continue to work remotely, an appointment will help ensure that the right staff will be available to meet you when you come in. 

What to expect when you visit the office 

  • Please complete an online health screening before visiting our office. (note Internet Explorer browser will not work)
  • If you forget to complete your health screen before arriving you can use the kiosk at our entrance or your mobile phone. We have a QR code at our entryway for easy access to the health screen app on your phone.
  • Customers are required to wear a mask at all times, regardless of vaccine status.
  • Please help us maintain a physical distance of 6 feet at all times.
  • Staff are required to wear a mask when meeting with you, regardless of vaccine status. 

For more information, see the statewide website: COVID-19/Coronavirus in our state.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to protect the health and well-being of all Washingtonians.

Specific services 

  • Report a spill or environmental emergency by phone as normal to the regional office that serves your county. Spills can also be reported 24/7 by calling 1-800-OILS-911.
  • Public records requests are still being accepted. Ecology staff will conduct in-person record reviews by appointment. (See more information below.)
  • Visit our public input and events listing for updated information about public meetings.
  • If you wish to make an in-person payment, please see our Make a payment webpage for details to make an appointment.
  • EPA has approved limited staff at the Manchester Environmental Laboratory, which has resumed accepting samples (please contact the lab at 360-328-9308 before sending samples to confirm).

Padilla Bay interpretive center 

The interpretive center, exhibits, and trails at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve are open.

Washington Conservation Corps

The WCC has resumed field projects that align with the Governor's Road to Recovery Plan. 

Ecology Youth Corps jobs

The summer litter crews for teens 14-17 are suspended and we will accept applications for next year starting Feb. 1, 2022. 

Public input & events listings 

We continuously update our listings with current information related to comment periods and events. We will continue to host a majority of events online.

Public records requests and disclosure

We continue to accept public record requests.You can request records electronically or you can make an appointment for an in-person record reviews. Instructions are available on our public records web page.

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor signed Proclamation 20-28 which temporarily suspends the 5-day response requirement of the Public Records Act (PRA). The proclamation also temporarily suspends the PRA requirement that agency offices must be open for public inspection and copying of public records for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Because the majority of staff are telecommuting due to COVID-19, visitors need to schedule appointments for an in-person records review. After you submit an electronic request, you can contact the Public Disclosure Coordinator(s) assigned to your request to schedule an in-person review.

Contact information 

Please call the office you wish to visit to schedule an appointment. 

Southwest regional offices

Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties

Lacey — 360-407-6300

Vancouver — 360-690-7171

Northwest regional offices

Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties

Shoreline — 206-594-0000

Bellingham — 360-255-4400

Central regional offices

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

Union Gap — 509-575-2490

Office of Columbia River — 509-454-4239

Richland — Nuclear Waste Program — 509-372-7950

Eastern regional offices

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

Spokane & Walla Walla — 509-329-3400

Not sure who to contact?

Call our main receptionist — 360-407-6000