Public Comment Requested: #Washington State #Wetland Program Plan @SWS_org



Direct from the Washington State Department of Ecology:

Public Comment Requested: Washington State Wetland Program Plan

Background
In 2013, the Department of Ecology received a Wetland Program Development Grant (WPDG) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a statewide plan for wetlands of the state. A draft of the Washington State Wetland Program Plan (WPP) is now available, and we are seeking comments from the general public. 

The WPP outlines what the state strives to accomplish regarding core elements of a wetland program.  It is a comprehensive plan and, as a result, not all can be accomplished in the near future.  Therefore, after the comment period, decisions will be made regarding which actions should receive the state’s focus over the next six years. 

State agencies involved in wetland management collaborated on developing the plan.  They also received input from tribal governments, local governments, and federal agencies.

More information about the plan can be found:
·         Within the document itself: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1406005.html

·         On the WPP webpage: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/wetlands/ProgramPlan.html.

How to comment
You may provide comments about the entire plan or on specific elements. Information on how to comment is on the WPP Public Comment Period webpage: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/wetlands/ProgramPlan/comments.html.

Through a web survey, we also invite your feedback about which actions are the most important for the state to focus on during the next six years: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WPPPublicComments.

When to comment
December 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

Informational webinar
Ecology will be hosting a webinar on December 10, 2014 at 6:30pm to answer any questions you may have about the Wetland Program Plan. To sign up for the webinar, contact Susan Buis (contact information below).    

Contact
Susan Buis
360-407-7653
susan.buis@ecy.wa.gov

Thank you in advance for your willingness to review and comment on this draft. Public review is an important step in improving this strategic wetland program plan for Washington State.

San Juan Island sedge swamp, Orcas Island, WA, USA

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