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Wetland Mitigation banking - Mitigation banking creates an economic incentive for restoring, creating, enhancing and/or preserving wetlands.

Stormwater - Stormwater is polluted rainwater or snow melt runoff that runs off surfaces such as rooftops, paved streets, highways, and parking lots. As water runs off these surfaces, it can pick up pollution such as: oil, fertilizers, pesticides, soil, trash, and animal waste. The state's largest jurisdictions are required to have stormwater controls, as are industries and construction sites.

Pollution Prevention and Planning - Pollution prevention planning is required for many businesses. Pollution prevention practices benefit industry by lowering a company's operational and environmental compliance costs by reducing or preventing the generation of waste.

Coastal Zone management - A voluntary state-federal partnership which encourages states to adopt their own management programs in order to meet the federal goals of protection, restoration, and appropriate development of coastal zone resources.

SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) - State policy requires state and local agencies to consider the likely environmental consequences of a construction or development proposal before approving or denying that proposal.

Wetland permitting - If you anticipate working in or near wetlands, Federal, State, and Local governments may all have specific permit requirements.

Aquaculture - Ecology's scientific research studies and Shoreline Master Program guidelines for aquaculture.

Federal permits - information on projects requesting 401 Water Quality Certification and/or Coastal Zone Management Consistency determinations.

Reporting Environmental Problems - If you see a spill or other environmental problem, we encourage you to report it. If you caused a spill, you are required to report it. The sooner Ecology knows about an incident, the quicker we can act to reduce damage to our environment and protect sensitive natural resources.

Ecology's Toxics Cleanup Program - Accidental spills of dangerous materials and past business practices have contaminated land and water throughout the state. The Toxics Cleanup Program works to remedy these situations, which range from cleaning up contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, to large, complex projects requiring engineered solutions.

401 Certification for Hydropower - The state of Washington works with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing process for hydropower dams.


Countering the negative environmental impacts that developing the land can have on wetlands, rivers, streams, lakes, and other deep-water habitats.


Working together to protect our shorelines.



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