FYI, we just heard from the Washington Department of Ecology (Mike Herold, [email protected]), that a fee increase is proposed for Ecology permits, including permits for using herbicide to control invasive weeds in lakes. Controlling noxious weeds will be going up to $1000 and controlling nuisance native weeds will jump to
$3000. This is a huge jump. There’s a short comment period before this goes through a formal rule making process.
This has the potential to bankrupt many lake programs in Washington State. Ecology permits already force costs of compliance on lake residents in excess of $2,000.00 per year. With the addition of this fee it could cost lake groups and individuals over $5,000 just to comply with Ecology before any actual work is performed.
Please consider contacting Mike and providing comments regarding this. Thank you.