Title 17A Administration
Chapter 17A.020 Definitions
Department of ecology Publication #96-94 as current or hereafter amended. WAC 173-22-080 Wetland Delineation Manual states the manual is to be used by local governments in implementing local regulations under the Growth Management Act (chapter 36.70A RCW).
Those water bodies that are defined as surface waters of the state or waters defined as waters of the state under RCW 90.48.020.
A use or portion of a use which cannot exist in a location that is not adjacent to the water and which is dependent on the water by reason of the intrinsic nature of its operations. Examples of water-dependent uses may include, but should not be limited to, boat ramps for rescue watercraft, seaplane dock, hydroelectric generating plants, and sewage treatment outfalls.
A structure for commerce or industry that cannot exist in any other location and is dependent on the water by reason of the intrinsic nature of its operations.
facilitating public access to shorelines of the state, provided that such uses conform to the above water-enjoyment specifications and the provisions of the shoreline master program.
A five-tier classification system of water bodies set up by the state in the Forest Practices Rules and Regulations (WAC 222).
A plan, developed or sponsored by the department of fish and wildlife, the department of ecology, the department of natural resources, the department of transportation, a federally recognized Indian tribe acting within and pursuant to its authority, a city, a county, or a conservation district that provides a general program and implementation measures or actions for the preservation, restoration, re-creation, or enhancement of the natural resources, character, and ecology of a stream, stream segment, drainage area, or watershed for which agency and public review has been conducted pursuant to chapter 43.21 RCW, the State Environmental Policy Act.
A public or private project authorized by the sponsor of a watershed restoration plan that implements the plan or a part of the plan and consists of one or more of the following activities:
A structure in a stream or river for measuring or regulating stream flow.
Involves the off-site created, restoration and/or enhancement of wetlands to compensate for unavoidable wetlands impacts associated with development. The newly created or restored site functions as a 'bank' which can issue credits to compensate for future wetland impacts.
An area that surrounds and protects a wetland from adverse impacts to the functions and values of a wetland. The buffer width shall be determined according to the rating assigned to the wetland in accordance with SMC 17E.070.100. Buffer width is measured outward from the wetland boundary.
An area that surrounds and protects a wetland from adverse impacts to the functions and values of a wetland. Buffer width is measured outward from the wetland boundary.
The physical, biological, chemical and geologic interactions among different components of the environment that occur within a wetland. Wetlands perform many valuable functions and these can be grouped into three categories:
The wetland classes or subclasses of the wetlands taxonomic classification system described in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the United States, FWS/OBS-79/31 (Cowardin et al., 1979).
The wetland processes, characteristics, or attributes that are considered to benefit society.
Wetlands do not include those artificial wetlands intentionally created from non-wetland sites, including, but not limited to, irrigation and drainage ditches, grass-lined swales, canals, detention facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, farm ponds and landscape amenities or those wetlands created after July 1, 1990, that were unintentionally created as a result of the construction of a road, street or highway.
Wetlands evaluated for a higher category utilizing the Washington State Wetlands Rating System for Eastern Washington (2007), or as amended.
Any permit, modification, revision or variance issued, conditioned or denied pursuant to this code.
Any towers, poles, antennas or other structures intended for use in connection with transmission or receipt of radio or television signals, or any other spectrum-based transmissions/receptions.
Date Passed: Monday, June 21, 2010
Effective Date: Monday, July 26, 2010
ORD C34604 Section 18