Department of Ecology News Release - May 20, 2016

State updates permit to treat aquatic invasive species
Public invited to online public workshop and hearing

This permit allows for the treatment of invasive species such as the Northern Pike. When left unchecked, Northern Pike can take over and decimate populations of both native and preferred non-native fish species.
This permit allows for the treatment of invasive species such as the Northern Pike. When left unchecked, Northern Pike can take over and decimate populations of both native and preferred non-native fish species.
OLYMPIA – Some minor updates are in store for a permit used by Washington state agencies to treat marine algae and aquatic animal species not native to state waters.

Once non-native species become established in a new environment where there are few natural enemies or disease to keep them in check, they may spread rapidly and cause biological and economic harm

The permit, first developed by the Department of Ecology in 2011, is a regulatory tool that directs how chemicals or other control products may be used to manage invasive aquatic animals and invasive marine algae that threaten native species in state waters.

The permit does not cover invasive aquatic weeds, which are covered by other permits.

Changes to the permit focus primarily on streamlining environmental review, clarifications and removing one pesticide from the list of approved treatment products.

Ecology will accept public comments on the proposed changes until July 1. It will hold an in-person and online webinar workshop/public hearing at 1 p.m. on June 21 at Ecology’s Lacey office, located at 300 Desmond Drive in Lacey.

Visit Ecology's website to review the proposed permit changes, to sign up for the webinar, and to find out how to provide comments.

Read more about the state’s efforts to manage invasive species.

Contact: Sandy Howard, communications, 360-407-6408, @ecologyWA