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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
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August 16, 2017 - Spring 2018

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

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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