ELS Biologist Joins WDFW Advisory Group

Ecological Land Services biologist, Lacey Hoffmann, joins the Hydraulic Code Implementation Community Advisory Group in Washington.

Growing up in Toutle, a small town on the South Fork of the Toutle River, has given Lacey Hoffmann a unique perspective and advantage as it pertains to her role as a biologist for Ecological Land Services (ELS). In fact, Lacey is known as our in-water work permitting specialist taking on projects ranging from marine mammal monitoring and fish salvage projects to culvert replacement and stream restoration design and permitting.

Given her background, Lacey knew that she wanted to apply when the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that they were seeking candidates to fill a volunteer group that would advise on state laws designated to protect fish in Washington waters. This group is known as the Hydraulic Code Implementation Community Advisory Group.

Since 1943, anyone planning certain construction projects or activities in or near state waters has been required to obtain an environmental permit commonly known as a Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA).

After an extensive interview with WDFW, Lacey has been accepted to join the advisory group and will begin an approximately three-year term starting August 2023. Within this advisory group, Lacey will provide input to WDFW staff on implementation of the HPA permitting program to maintain and improve consistency and effectiveness, improve the soundness of permits, increase public understanding about the importance of the HPA, and improve HPA implementation outcomes.

Lacey Hoffmann has been with ELS since 2013, operates out of our Longview office, and is an ELS shareholder. Lacey spends her free time with her family and enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, and trail riding.

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