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WA DOE Rules Recreational Use of Water?

TO PROTECT SURFACE WATER CONTACT BY RECREATIONAL USERS?

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From: Ballard, Laura (ECY)

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Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 3:51 PM

Subject: The following rule pre-proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-201A WAC- Recreational Use Criteria

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT SURFACE WATER CONTACT RECREATIONAL USES?

Find Designated Uses for Waters of the State

Aquatic Life Uses (see WAC 173-201A-200)(1):

 

Recreational Uses: (see WAC 173-201A-200)(2))

Extraordinary Primary Cont.

Extraordinary quality primary contact waters. Waters providing extraordinary protection against waterborne disease or that serve as tributaries to extraordinary quality shellfish harvesting areas.

Primary Cont.

Primary contact recreation.

Secondary Cont.

Secondary contact recreation.

 

Designated uses have sometimes been called “BENEFICIAL USES” and include public water supply, protection for fish, shellfish, and wildlife,

AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL

Miscellaneous Uses: (see WAC 173-201A-200)(4))

Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife habitat.

Harvesting

Fish harvesting.

Commerce/Navigation

Commerce and navigation.

Boating

Boating.

Aesthetics

Aesthetic values.

 

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Find Designated Uses for Waters of the State

SHALL WE HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BETWEEN THE LAW AND THE DOE RULE?

(RCW 90.58.020) Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs)

There are three basic policy areas to the Act: shoreline use, environmental protection and public access. The Act emphasizes accommodation of appropriate uses that require a shoreline location, protection of shoreline environmental resources and protection of the public’s right to access and use the shorelines

Public access: Master programs must include a public access element making provisions for public access to publicly owned areas, and a recreational element for the preservation and enlargement of recreational opportunities.

The overarching policy is that “the public’s opportunity to enjoy the physical and aesthetic qualities of natural shorelines of the state shall be preserved to the greatest extent feasible consistent with the overall best interest of the state and the people generally. “Alterations of the natural conditions of the shorelines of the state, in those limited instances when authorized, shall be given priority for…development that will provide an opportunity for substantial numbers of people to enjoy the shorelines of the state.”

SHALL WE THE CITIZENS BE ALLOWED TO WALK ON THE SHORELINE BUT NOT TAKE RECREATION  IN THE WATER?

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CONTINUED….

Designated uses have sometimes been called “BENEFICIAL USES” and include public water supply, protection for fish, shellfish, and wildlife,

AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL

agricultural, industrial, navigational and aesthetic purposes. Water quality criteria designed to protect the designated uses and are used to assess the general health of Washington surface waters and set permit limits. Marine and fresh waters have designated uses assigned in a “use-based” format, where individual waterbodies are assigned individual uses.

To find the designated uses for marine waterbodies refer to WAC 173-201A-610 and 612. For marine aquatic life uses see map (PDF). For marine criteria refer to WAC 173-201A-210, 240, and 260.

Finding designated uses and criteria for rivers and streams is slightly more complex because of the large number of salmonid species and their complex freshwater spawning cycles.

To find the designated use(s) for rivers and streams refer to WAC 173-201A-600 and 602 (Table 602) of the water quality standards.

Table 602 is an extensive listing of waterbodies and the uses assigned to those waterbodies. Section 600 outlines default uses for those waterbodies not specifically named in Table 602.

 

Chapter 246-260 WAC: WATER RECREATION FACILITIES

apps.leg.wa.gov › WACs › Title 246

Mar 27, 2014 – Special design and construction provisions for hotels and motels (transient accommodations) serving fewer than fifteen living units and for spas …

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The Department of Ecology plans to amend Chapter 173-201A WAC, Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington.

This rulemaking will:

  • Include new indicators and numeric criteria TO PROTECT WATER CONTACT RECREATIONAL USES in sections 200(2) and 210(3).
  • REVIEW CURRENT WATER CONTACT RECREATIONAL USE categories and modify sections 600 and 610 if necessary.
  • Improve the location information in use designation tables listed in this chapter – Table 602, USE DESIGNATIONS FOR FRESH WATERS AND Table 612, USE DESIGNATIONS FOR MARINE WATERS

 

—– Original Message —–

From: Ballard, Laura (ECY)

To: ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

Sent: Monday, August 21, 2017 3:51 PM

Subject: The following rule pre-proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-201A WAC- Recreational Use Criteria

The following rule pre-proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser:

August 16th, 2017

Chapter 173-201A WAC: Recreational Use Criteria

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http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/ruledev/wac173201A/1607/1607timedocs.html

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Chapter 173-201A WAC
Recreational Use Criteria

 

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The Department of Ecology plans to amend Chapter 173-201A WAC, Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington.

This rulemaking will:

  • Include new indicators and numeric criteria to protect water contact recreational uses in sections 200(2) and 210(3).
  • Review current water contact recreational use categories and modify sections 600 and 610 if necessary.
  • Improve the location information in use designation tables listed in this chapter – Table 602, Use designations for fresh waters and Table 612, Use designations for marine waters.

Timeline and Documents

 

Date (date subject to change)

Activity

August 16, 2017

Announcement Phase (CR-101)
Announcement documents
Read the CR-101

August 16, 2017 – Spring 2018

Rule Development Phase
Develop and prepare the rule language, regulatory analyses documents, SEPA documents, and other information.

Spring 2018

Rule Proposal Phase (CR -102)
Proposal documents available upon filing.

Spring 2018

Hold public hearing comment period.

Spring – Fall 2018

Review public comments and prepare adoption packet.

Fall 2018

Rule Adoption Phase (CR-103)
Documents available upon filing.

Fall 2018

Rule effective (usually 31 days after filing)

Accessibility (ADA) – For documents in alternate format, call 360-407-6600, 711 (relay service), or 877-833-6341 (TTY). Also see Ecology’s ADA Accessibility page.

ADDITIONAL RULE INFORMATION

CONTACT

Bryson Finch
360-407-7158
bryson.finch@ecy.wa.gov

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To find the designated use(s) for rivers and streams refer to WAC 173-201A-600 and 602 (Table 602) of the water quality standards. Table 602 is an extensive listing of waterbodies and the uses assigned to those waterbodies. Section 600 outlines default uses for those waterbodies not specifically named in Table 602.

Publication Summary Table  602.

Title

Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington, Chapter 173-201A WAC

Publication number

Date Published

Date Revised

06-10-091

December 2006

March 2017

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This updated version of publication #06-10-091 incorporates rule language adopted by Ecology on August 1, 2016.

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