Ecology News: Water Quality Assessment Meeting Materials and Update

To those interested in the continuing public dialogue on Washington’s Water Quality Assessment and Policy 1-11 updates, we have posted high level notes from the February 9th meeting as well as a copy of the February 9th PowerPoint presentation.

We are scheduling one more meeting to discuss human health criteria and the use of fish tissue in the Assessment.  In preparation for this meeting, Ecology is preparing different options for consideration and discussion, therefore we have decided to push the next meeting date out farther into March.  If you are interested in participating in this meeting, please put a hold on your calendar for Thursday, March 30, 2017.  We do not have final details on the site location or times, but we are working on a meeting room in the SeaTac area, and will also secure a conference room in Spokane for those that want to meet in one place on the east side.  Similar to the other meetings, this will also be run as a webinar for those who are not able to join in person at one of the two locations.

As a reminder from the February 9th meeting, if anyone wants to submit written comments on the bioassessment alternatives that Ecology presented at the January 19th meeting, please email them to me by February 23, 2017 (or contact me if you intend to submit written comments but cannot make that deadline).  Any written comments received on bioassessment or any of the other key topics will be posted on our website and considered as we move forward with revisions to Policy 1-11.

If you are interested in any of the other materials that have been presented at previous meetings, please go to our website at: .

Thank you for your interest in Washington’s water quality.  If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.  We look forward to continued dialogue on these issues.

Susan Braley

Watershed Management Section

Phone: (360) 407-6414



SAVE THE DATE! Public Workshops Scheduled for Draft Water Quality Assessment and Section 303(d) List


Public Workshops Scheduled for Draft Water Quality Assessment and Section 303(d) List

The Department of Ecology (Ecology) will be seeking public comment on the draft Washington State Water Quality Assessment starting on March 17, 2015.  The Water Quality Assessment fulfills Washington State’s obligation under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) §303(d) and §305(b) to identify polluted waters (known as the 303(d) list) as well as report on the status of water quality statewide where data is available.

As part of the public review, Ecology will hold public workshops to provide an overview of the Water Quality Assessment, explain the transition to a new water-based system for describing stream segments, and provide more information on using the internet map and search tools to review the Assessment results.  The workshops will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the following locations:

April 7, Edmonds
Edmonds Conference Center
Chrysanthemum Hall, 201 Fourth Ave. N. Edmonds  98020

April 9, Lacey
Ecology Headquarters Building
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey 98503

April 15, Yakima,
Yakima Area Arboretum
1401 Arboretum Drive
Yakima 98901

April 16, Spokane
Spokane Centerplace Regional Events Center
2426 N. Discovery Pl.,
Spokane Valley 99216

To learn more about the draft Water Quality Assessment of Washington’s waters, visit our web site at:

For questions or more information please contact Patrick Lizon, Water Quality Assessment Coordinator, by email at or by phone at: (360) 407-6782.


Thank you for your interest in Washington’s water quality.