The state Department of Ecology is seeking public input on updates proposed for the state’s aquatic noxious weed control permits.
Weed control permits allow the use of herbicides to control invasive, non-native plants that harm local ecosystems, disrupt agricultural production, and crowd out native plant species that fish and wildlife need to survive.
The permit covers indirect discharge — such as accidental overspray or dripping of a chemical from a treated plant — of herbicides, adjuvants and marker dyes into estuaries, marine areas, wetlands, lake shorelines, rivers, streams and other areas to manage freshwater noxious weeds in Washington.
Proposed changes to the permit are relatively minor, according to Ecology. They include streamlining the permitting process to make the state Department of Agriculture the sole permittee, meaning landowners would apply to work under the permit through the Department of Agriculture, rather than to Ecology and Agriculture, as is the current practice.
The updates also would allow alternative sign-posting requirements for lands treated for the plant Spartina.
An in-person and webinar public workshop and hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at Ecology’s headquarters in Lacey. Written comments must be received by Nov. 4; they can be submitted at http://bit.ly/2cDzbiH.
For more information, contact Nathan Lubliner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-407-6563.
More information about noxious weeds is available at nwcb.wa.gov.