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Department of Ecology
Committees, Boards, and Workgroups

Water Quality Nonpoint

Washington’s Plan to Control Nonpoint Sources of Pollution and Voluntary Clean Water Guidance for Agriculture Chapters

Washington’s Water Quality Management Plan to Control Nonpoint Sources of Pollution (Nonpoint Plan) is a document that outlines Washington State’s approach for addressing water quality impacts from nonpoint sources of pollution. This is an important document used to guide Ecology and our partners work to meet Clean Water Act requirements and protect and improve water quality across the state.

Ecology last updated the Nonpoint Plan in 2015 and is required to submit an updated plan to EPA by the end of 2022.

As part of the Nonpoint Plan we are also developing Voluntary Clean Water Guidance for Agriculture (VCWGA). The first four chapters of this guidance document are a part of this public review. The guidance is a technical resource for agricultural producers that describes Ecology’s recommended best management practices (BMPs) to protect water quality.

For more information, please visit the Stormwater and Runoff webpage and the Voluntary Clean Water Guidance for Agriculture webpage.

Ecology is holding a public review of updates to the Nonpoint Plan scheduled for December 1 – 23, 2022.

The following documents are now available for review:

Note: Because we have started the public review, all materials are now available at the two links above. Besides an update to reflect recent decisions by the Forest Practices Board, no content within these materials have changed between the start of the tribal and public review periods. We have only made minor editing to improve formatting and accessibility.

The additional VCWGA chapters will be completed and available for review by 2025.

Join us December 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon for a presentation on the draft chapters and plan, followed by questions and answers. Visit the event page.

Please provide formal comments no later than December 23, 2022 at: Ecomments link

If you have any questions, please contact Ben Rau at ben.rau@ecy.wa.gov.

Documents

 File NameFile SizeDescriptionCategoryDate Added
WaterQualityManagementPlanToControlNonpointSourcesOfPollution-PublicReviewDraftDecember2022.pdf 9.9 MB Draft Nonpoint Plan - December 2022
Draft Nonpoint Plan - December 2022
None 11/30/22 03:40 PM

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