Governing Law and Regulations
Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Water Quality Program
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW)
Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Practices Division
Local regulatory authorities
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Seattle District Office Walla Walla District Office Portland District Office
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Washington has developed many laws and regulations pertaining to wetlands in addition to the state's certification program for wetlands activities under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act. See the national section WETLANDS for a review of the federal wetlands regulatory scheme.
Washington protects its shoreline wetlands under the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) of 1971. Under the SMA, the state defines "wetlands" as areas that are inundated or saturated by surface water or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in ...