HB 2388

Forest practice and water bills scheduled for executive session

January 30th, 2012  |  Published in HB 1157, HB 1297, HB 2388, HB 2415

Four bills have been scheduled for an executive session  in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31:

  • HB 1157 (Regarding the forest practices permitting system)
  • HB 2388 (Exempting certain forest practices from the requirements of the hydraulic code)
  • HB 2415 (Regarding water rights transfer protocols)
  • HB 1297 (Concerning the relinquishment of a water right)

The hearing will be held in House Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.

Here is the staff analysis for HB 1157 (pdf file), which was last heard in public hearing last year.

Here is the staff analysis for HB 2388 (pdf file).

Here is the staff analysis for HB 2415 (pdf file).

Here is the staff analysis for HB 1297 (pdf file).

Forest practices exemptions bill public hearing

January 25th, 2012  |  Published in HB 2388

HB 2388 (Exempting certain forest practices from the requirements of the hydraulic code) was the topic of a public hearing yesterday. You can view the hearing here or in the window below.

Here is the bill analysis (pdf file).

Wetlands mitigation bill to pass out of committee with edits

January 25th, 2012  |  Published in HB 2388

HB 2238 (Regarding wetlands mitigation) received a due pass vote in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources yesterday. The bill report from the committee indicates that it will pass with some edits.

The differences from the original bill are described below, from the report (pdf file):

A new wetland mitigation option is created for the proponents of projects that reduce existing
wetland function. This option is the agreement to provide a monetary payment to a specific
state program that enhances or preserves riparian and aquatic resources. The programs that
are eligible to receive monetary payments in exchange for wetland mitigation credits are the
Forestry Riparian Easement Program, cost assistance for small forest landowners to repair
forest roads, riparian and open space conservation easements, and incentives to promote
landowner conservation measures.

The exercise of this option, like all mitigation plans, must be agreed to and approved by the
Department of Ecology or other appropriate agency responsible for environmental
management. The agreement and approval process must include commitments as to which
program will be funded, the appropriate funding level commitment, and how the funds will
be ultimately used by the selected program. This negotiation process must occur between the
project proponent and the approving agency; however, the Forest Practices Board and any
other relevant state or federal agency must be consulted in an attempt to match the funding
with an appropriate project within the selected state program.

Substitute Bill Compared to Original Bill:

The original bill created a new account, managed by the Forest Practices Board (Board), in
which mitigation payments would be deposited. The Board would have been responsible for
matching the payments with the selected state programs absent input from the project
sponsor or the agency responsible for approving the mitigation plan. The original bill also
allowed other, unnamed state programs to be considered for mitigation payments. The
substitute bill limits the programs to a specific list.

Forest practices exemption bill scheduled for public hearing

January 23rd, 2012  |  Published in HB 2388

HB 2388 (Exempting certain forest practices from the requirements of the hydraulic code) has been scheduled for a public hearing. It will be held on Tuesday, January 24 at 10 a.m. in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources. The hearing will be held in House Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.