Ecology: Statewide Plan for Washington’s Wetlands

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 the 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 through December 31.

 

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