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Rule Making

Chapter 173-201A WAC
Recreational Use Criteria


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The Department of Ecology plans to amend Chapter 173-201A WAC, Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington.

This rulemaking will:

  • Include new indicators and numeric criteria to protect water contact recreational uses in sections 200(2) and 210(3).
  • Review current water contact recreational use categories and modify sections 600 and 610 if necessary.
  • Improve the location information in use designation tables listed in this chapter – Table 602, Use designations for fresh waters and Table 612, Use designations for marine waters.


Timeline and Documents

Date (date subject to change) Activity
August 16, 2017 Announcement Phase (CR-101)
Announcement documents
Read the CR-101
August 16, 2017 - Spring 2018

Rule Development Phase
Develop and prepare the rule language, regulatory analyses documents, SEPA documents, and other information.

We are here
October 17, 2017

Informational Webinars

We hosted two informational webinars on Oct. 17, 2017.

Meeting material:

Spring 2018 Rule Proposal Phase (CR -102)
Proposal documents available upon filing.
Spring 2018 Hold public hearing comment period.
Spring - Fall 2018 Review public comments and prepare adoption packet.
Fall 2018

Rule Adoption Phase (CR-103)
Documents available upon filing.

Fall 2018 Rule effective (usually 31 days after filing)
Accessibility (ADA) - For documents in alternate format, call 360-407-6600, 711 (relay service), or 877-833-6341 (TTY). Also see Ecology's ADA Accessibility page.



Bryson Finch


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