Comment for in-water rule change extended

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has extended the public comment period for potential changes to the state’s rules for in-water construction that may affect fish habitat. The comment period was originally slated to end Friday.

The agency is accepting comments on both the proposed changes to the state’s Hydraulic Code and a Supplemental Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement weighing the costs and benefits of the proposal.

The state Hydraulic Code sets standards for issuing hydraulic project approvals and is intended to protect fish and fish habitat from development such as bulkheads and marinas.

Several Puget Sound-area tribes and the Seattle-based environmental group Sound Action have submitted comments cautioning against the proposed changes.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission may adopt the rule changes this fall.


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