State Agencies

Water quality standards to be heard tomorrow

January 11th, 2017  |  Published in Department of Ecology

The Senate Committee on Energy, Environment and Telecommunications will conduct a work session on the new state water quality standards. These new standards recognize higher levels of tribal consumption of fish and shellfish.

Hirst Decision heard in committee hearing

November 18th, 2016  |  Published in Department of Ecology, Legislative Meetings

The Hirst Decision, concerning exempt wells, was heard in the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee earlier this week.

You can watch the hearing below.

Hirst decision to be subject of public hearing in December

October 27th, 2016  |  Published in Department of Ecology, Legislative Meetings

During the December committee week, the Hirst Decision will the subject of a public hearing during a joint Agricultural and Natural Resources and Local Government committees meeting. The Hirst Decision will force Whatcom County to take into consideration the cumulative effects of so-called permit exempt wells.

The public hearing will be held on Thursday, December 1 at 1:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.

Here is the public hearing agenda.

For more information, read the state Department of Ecology’s fact sheet on Hirst.

Natural resources agency budgets to be heard in committee

January 12th, 2015  |  Published in Department of Ecology, Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, Puget Sound Partnership, State Agencies

The ouse General Government & Information Technology Committee will hold a public hearing on the budget requests of several natural resources agencies. The agencies include:

Department of Ecology.
Department of Natural Resources.
Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Department of Agriculture.
State Parks and Recreation Commission.
Puget Sound Partnership

The hearing will be held in House Hearing Room C in the O’Brien Building on January 16 at 8 a.m.

Fish consumption rate work session, Thursday, January 16

January 13th, 2014  |  Published in Department of Ecology, Legislative Meetings

The Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications committee will hold a work session on the fish consumption rate this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The hearing will be held in Senate Hearing Room 4 in the Cherberg Building. You can find the agenda here.

Wrap up of FCR hearing last week

November 25th, 2013  |  Published in Department of Ecology

Last Thursday the state senate committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications held a hearing on the fish consumption rate. You can watch the entire hearing here.

There was some media coverage associated with the hearing in the Spokesman Review and Crosscut.

Fish consumption rate hearing on Thursday, November 21

November 19th, 2013  |  Published in Department of Ecology

The state senate committee on Energy, Environment & Telecommunications will hear an update on fish consumption rates and water quality standards on Thursday, November 21 at 10 a.m. The committee session will be held at 10 a.m. in Senate Hearing Room 4 of the J.A. Cherberg Building. You can find agendas and other committee material here.

Fish consumption rate hearing

September 23rd, 2013  |  Published in Department of Ecology

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee held a hearing on the state fish consumption rate earlier today. You can watch it here or in the window below.

Watch the fish consumption rate hearing from last week

December 3rd, 2012  |  Published in Department of Ecology

Last Friday the house environmental committee held a hearing on the fish consumption rate issue. You can watch the hearing here.

Houses passes operating budget

March 1st, 2012  |  Published in Budget, Department of Ecology, Department of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, Puget Sound Partnership

The house passed an operating budget last night, which included $34 million in cuts to natural resources agencies. Here is the outline (pdf link) of the changes to the natural resources segment of the operating budget.

Here are the summaries for the large natural resources agencies (pdf links):
Ecology
Fish and Wildlife
Natural Resources
Puget Sound Partnership