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Winery General Permit

We are developing a statewide general permit that will cover wastewater discharges from wineries. Our goals include:

  • Establishing waste management practices for wineries to protect groundwater, surface water, and wastewater treatment plants
  • Building cooperative relationships with winery owners and operators
  • Gaining a better understanding of the quantity and quality of wastewater discharges from Washington wineries
  • Learning from permittees what practices and tools they use to effectively manage their wastewater

We need your help

Tell us what you think of the preliminary draft of the Winery General Permit and the fact sheet. What did we get right? What still needs work? What are your suggestions for improving the preliminary draft? The most effective way to provide feedback is to:

  • Point to a specific section or concept, explain your reason for the change, and provide examples or data to support your comment.
  • State your support or agreement for a requirement. This tells us which requirements work and should remain in the general permit.
  • Provide example language, especially if something was worded in a confusing way.

Send your comments and suggested edits to Stacey.Callaway@ecy.wa.gov. Email is preferred, but you are also welcome to mail them to:

Stacey Callaway
Water Quality Program
Department of Ecology
PO Box 47696
Olympia, WA 98504-7696

The last day to submit comments on the preliminary draft is Sunday, June 11, 2017. We will carefully review your comments and use them to develop the formal draft of the Winery General Permit.

This summer, likely August, we intend to share the formal draft as well as the revised fact sheet, the notice of intent (application), and the economic assessment. We will have another comment period (likely 45 days) as well as workshops and public hearings for you to share your ideas.

Schedule

April – November 2016 Meet with the Technical Advisory Group and visit wineries
February 2017 Meet with the Technical Advisory Group
April 11, 2017 Release the Preliminary Draft of the Winery General Permit
  • Post on website, send to the listserv
  • 60-day informal public comment period
June 11, 2017 Last day to submit comments on the Preliminary Draft of the Winery General Permit and Fact Sheet
June-July 2017 Meet with the Technical Advisory Group
After crush (likely November) 2017 Release the Formal Draft of the Winery General Permit
  • Post on website, send to the listserv
  • 45-day formal public comment period
Spring 2018 Hold public hearing(s)
Summer 2018 Issue the final Winery General Permit

This schedule subject to change

More Information

To receive updates, notices, and other information, join the Winery Listserv.

Have questions? Please check our FAQ page first to see if the answer to your question is there. If you can't find the information you need, contact:

Stacey Callaway
360-407-7118
Stacey.Callaway@ecy.wa.gov

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Lake Chelan winery, photo courtesy of VineLines http://vinelines.com/gallery-free.aspx

To receive updates, notices, and other information, join the Winery Listserv

Contact:
Stacey Callaway
360-407-7118
Stacey.Callaway@ecy.wa.gov