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State seeks hydraulic board members

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking candidates to fill seven positions on a volunteer committee that advises the agency on administering the Hydraulic Code designed to protect fish.

The Hydraulic Code has been in effect since 1943 to ensure projects such as bulkheads, culverts and dock construction meet state standards for fish and shellfish protection.

The department will accept applications and nominations to its Hydraulic Code Implementation Community Advisory Group through April 7.

“The hydraulic code is a big part of the state’s work to support fish protection and salmon recovery,” said Habitat Program Director Margen Carlson said. “This advisory group serves as a direct way for community members to get involved in how this law is implemented.”

The advisory group advises staff on the hydraulic project approval permitting program to maintain and improve consistency and effectiveness, improve the soundness of permits, increase public understanding and improve outcomes.

Upcoming discussion topics may include integrating emerging science, fish passage rules, replacing the online permitting system, compliance and climate change in hydraulic permitting.

The department will select advisers based on experience, diversity, willingness to engage and ability to communicate.

Applications and nominations must be submitted in writing and include name, address, telephone number and email; experience and reasons why someone would be an effective member..

Submit applications and nominations to Theresa Nation, State Department of Fish and Wildlife, P.O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200.

 

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