Meeting on eelgrass treatment permits Thursday in Raymond

The state Department of Ecology on Thursday will hold an informational meeting to discuss a new water quality permit for commercial shellfish growers to treat non-native Japanese eelgrass that has colonized commercial clam beds in Willapa Bay in Pacific County.

The growers asked Ecology to develop a permit for the use of the aquatic herbicide imazamox to help them manage the growth of Japanese eelgrass on their shellfish beds. The permit would be a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit issued by Ecology. It would not cover geoduck culture and it would only be allowed on commercially managed clam beds in Willapa Bay.

The public informational session will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Riverview Education Center – Room 101, Grays Harbor College, 600 Washington Ave. in Raymond.

Japanese eelgrass is listed as a noxious weed. If you have questions about the meeting, contact Ecology’s Nathan Lubliner at (360) 407-6563.