Public comment accepted on new local herbicide rules

The public is invited to comment on updates being proposed for the state’s aquatic noxious weed control permit, which allows residents to use herbicides to control invasive, non-native plants.

According to the , these noxious plants “crowd out the native species that fish and wildlife depend on” and “are so aggressive they harm our local ecosystems”.

The permit covers the incidental overspray of the chemicals into local waters.

Most changes to the permit are minor, according to the permit writer, Nathan Lubliner. Under the proposed changes, the permitting process would be streamlined to make the Department of Agriculture the sole permittee. Landowners would apply to work under the permit through the Department of Agriculture. Currently, landowners can apply to the departments of Agriculture or Ecology.

The updated permit also would allow an alternative sign-posting requirement to inform the public when lands are treated for Spartina, the non-native plant that has invaded local mud flats, salt marshes and beaches.

Ecology will hold an in-person and webinar public workshop and hearing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in its Lacey headquarters building.

Comments are accepted at the public hearing or online by Nov. 4.

If you have questions you may contact Nathan Lubliner at nathan.lubliner@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-6563.

Learn more about noxious weeds online.

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