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Draft Individual Permit for the Control of Burrowing Shrimp using Imidacloprid on Commercial Shellfish Beds in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor

Proposed Permit

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) is proposing a new individual permit to regulate the use of imidacloprid for management of burrowing shrimp on commercial oyster and clam beds in Willapa bay and Grays Harbor, a surface water of Washington State. Permit development was requested by the Willapa/Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association (WGHOGA) to control burrowing shrimp on commercial oyster and clam beds in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor to aid in the cultivation and harvest of oysters and clams. Additionally, the applicant has applied for a Sediment Impact Zone (SIZ) as the proposed discharge will likely impact sediment quality on sediments where the pesticide is applied.

Draft Permit Open House, Workshop, and Public Hearing

Ecology will hold one combined open house, workshop, and public hearing on the draft individual permit, DEIS, and SIZ applications for Willapa Bay and for Grays Harbor. The purpose of the workshop is to explain the individual permit, and answer questions in order to facilitate meaningful testimony during the hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity for people to give formal oral testimony and comment on the proposed permit, DEIS, and SIZ applications. Written comments will receive the same consideration as oral testimony. The open house, workshop, and public hearing will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude when public testimony is complete. Location and time open house, workshop, and public hearing:

South Bend:

December 02, 2014
Stars at: 10 A.M.
Willapa Harbor Community Center
916 W First Street
South Bend, WA 98586

Submitting Written Comments:

Ecology will accept written comments on the draft permit, fact sheet, environmental impact analysis, and SIZ application until 5 pm (or postmark if mailed), December 8, 2014. Ecology prefers comments be submitted by email. Emailed comments must contain the commenter’s name and postal address. Comments should reference specific permit text when possible. Ecology must receive email comments by 5 p.m., December 8, 2014. Written comments must be postmarked no later than, December 08, 2014.

Submit Comments To:

Derek Rockett
Email: derek.rockett@ecy.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504
Oysters in basket after harvest.