Public Meeting in Raymond to Address Japanese Eelgrass

RAYMOND, Wash. – The state Department of Ecology (Ecology) is holding an informational public meeting about developing a new water quality permit for commercial shellfish growers to treat non-native Japanese eelgrass that has colonized their commercial clam beds in Willapa Bay in Pacific County.

The growers asked Ecology to develop a permit for the use of the aquatic herbicide imazamox to help them manage the growth of Japanese eelgrass on their shellfish beds.

The permit would be a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit issued by Ecology. It would not cover geoduck culture and it would only be allowed on commercially managed clam beds in Willapa Bay.

Ecology will hold a public informational session at 1 p.m., Dec. 6, at Riverview Education Center – Room 101, Grays Harbor College, 600 Washington Ave. in Raymond. See map here, at the bottom of the web page.

Japanese eelgrass is listed as a noxious weed. For more information visit the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board website.

Ecology will hold further public involvement opportunities while the permit is being developed. If you have questions about the meeting, contact Ecology’s Nathan Lubliner at 360-407-6563.