Aquatic Species Bill

A summary of the Senate-companion to Washington State Representative Debbie Regala's bill on aquatic species (SB 6294):

An Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinating Committee is created consisting of representatives from the departments of Fish and Wildlife, Ecology, Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources; the Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team; the State Patrol; the State Noxious Week Control Board; the Washington Public Ports Association; and the Washington Sea Grant Program.

  • The committee periodically revises the State Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan.
  • The committee makes recommendations to the Legislature on statutory provisions for classification and regulation of aquatic nuisance species.
  • The committee coordinates education, research, regulations, monitoring and control among the member agencies.
  • The committee makes recommendations to the State Noxious Weed Control Board on the designation of aquatic nuisance species.
  • The committee must prepare a report for the Legislature by December 1, 2001.
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