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Glossary Terms for Policy 270.000

Critical Areas
Include the following areas and ecosystems: (a) wetlands; (b) areas with a critical recharging effect on aquifers used for potable water; (c) fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas; (d) frequently flooded areas; and (e) geologically hazardous areas. "Fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas" does not include such artificial features or constructs as irrigation delivery systems, irrigation infrastructure, irrigation canals, or drainage ditches that lie within the boundaries of and are maintained by a port district or an irrigation district or company. RCW 36.70A.030
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Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
A detailed statement on the environmental impact of the proposed action, any adverse environmental effects which cannot be avoided should the proposal be implemented, alternatives to the proposed action, the relationship between local short-term uses of man's environment and irretrievable commitments of resources which would be involved in the proposed action should it be implemented.
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State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)
Identifies and analyzes environmental impacts associated with governmental decisions (e.g., issuing permits for private projects, constructing public facilities, adopting regulations/policies/plans).
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