Upland Fin-Fish Hatching and Rearing General NPDES Permit

Permit Purpose and Background

Ecology has issued a new Upland Fin-Fish Hatching and Rearing General Permit (Hatchery Permit) to replace the permit that expired on August 1, 2015 and was administratively extended. This new permit takes effect April 1, 2016. Facilities covered under this General Permit were required to reapply for coverage by February 1, 2015 (180 days before the expiration of the current permit) per section S10 Application for Permit Renewal. The permit conditions the discharge of pollutants from upland hatcheries and rearing facilities into waters of the state. The permit implements the Federal Clean Water Act, the State Water Pollution Control Act, and Chapter 173-221A WAC.

Ecology used the schedule below to update the permit:

2015 PERMIT (effective April 1, 2016)
Final Permit
Fact Sheet
Event Date Comments
2015 Draft Permit and Fact Sheet August 19, 2015 On schedule
Public Workshops, Hearings September 28, 2015 Lacey, WA 2:00 pm
Public Comment Period August 19 - October 19, 2015 Extended from October 5
Final Permit Issuance December 2015 On-schedule
Final Permit Effective April 1, 2016 Extended from January 1

If you have questions about the current permit, contact Mike Hepp (509) 329-3536 or michael.hepp@ecy.wa.gov.

Expired Fin-Fish Hatching and Rearing General Permit

Main Contact: Mike Hepp

Regional permit managers:

Marcia Porter

Central Regional Office

Jim Chulos

Eastern Regional Office


Northwest Regional Office

Kevin Hancock

Southwest Regional Office - Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum Counties

Paul Stasch

Southwest Regional Office - Mason, Pierce, and Thurston Counties

Last updated December 2015