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2009 Clean Water Act Assurances Review of Washington's Forest Pratices Program

Publication number Date Published
09-10-101July 2009
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Author(s) Water Quality Program
Description Under Washington state law (Chapter 90.48 RCW) forest practices rules are to be developed so
as to achieve compliance with the state water quality standards and the federal Clean Water Act(CWA). The Department of Ecology (Ecology) has been designated as the state water pollution control agency for all purposes of the CWA, and has been directed to take all action necessary to meet the requirements of that Act. The Clean Water Act assurances (CWA assurances) granted by Ecology in 1999 as part of the Forests and Fish Report (FFR) expired June 30, 2009. The assurances established that the state’s forest practices rules and programs, as updated through a formal
adaptive management program, would be used as the primary mechanism for bringing and maintaining forested watersheds into compliance with the state water quality standards.

This paper summarizes the findings of a review by Ecology on the progress the state’s forest
practices program is making in bringing waters into compliance with state surface water quality standards (Chapter 173-201A WAC) and the federal Clean Water Act. This review is being used as the basis for determining whether or not to extend the CWA assurances into the future.

NOTES Report was published on the web in July of 2009. Once the new website was developed it was decided to make this report into a publication. A cover page and information page was added for publication consistency. No content was changed or altered from original report.
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Keywords forest practices, clean water, water quality, water quality standards, forest practice, clean water act