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Ecology seeking public comments on proposed statewide wetlands plan


Dec 04, 2014

Thanks to a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Washington Department of Ecology is developing a statewide plan to better manage wetlands.

Once regarded as wastelands, wetlands are now recognized as important features of our landscape. Healthy wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems on the planet.

Ecology’s proposed plan includes developing a statewide wetland monitoring program and assessment strategy, as well as provides support for local governments in need of wetland expertise. The plan establishes a statewide structure that better protects and restores Washington’s wetlands and streamlines the permitting process. 

Ecology worked with tribes, local governments, state agencies and conservation districts to gather input for the proposed plan. The public is now encouraged to review and comment on the plan. 

Review plan and provide comments

The proposed plan is available for review on Ecology’s website or in person at Ecology Headquarters, 300 Desmond Drive in Lacey. Citizens also can request a mailed copy of the plan by calling Susan Buis at 360-407-7653.

Send comments through Dec. 31 to Susan Buis at susan.buis@ecy.wa.gov, or mail to Susan Buis, Washington Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.

Participate in webinar

Ecology is hosting an informational webinar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10to provide more details on the plan. To sign up for the webinar, contact Susan Buis at 360-407-7653 or susan.buis@ecy.wa.gov.

About wetlands

Wetlands are part of a diverse and complex set of ecosystems that are vital to Washington’s economy and an important part of our natural heritage. Visit Ecology’s wetlands webpage or ECOconnect blog to learn more about wetlands.


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