Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Water Quality Program
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) Habitat Management Division
Washington Department of Agriculture (WDOA)
Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Practices Division
Washington Department of Health (DOH)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) District Offices: Seattle, Walla Walla, and Portland
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The state's program for water quality permits predates the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for industrial wastewater dischargers. As a result, some facilities are required to obtain both NPDES permits and state discharge permits. In order to streamline its dual permitting requirement, the state permit has been incorporated into the NPDES application and permit process. In most cases, issuance of a state permit occurs automatically as a consequence of ...