Department of Ecology News Release - November 1, 2012

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Comments sought on Entiat’s shoreline program update

YAKIMA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on the city of Entiat’s recently updated shoreline master program.

The locally-tailored updates will guide construction and development on about four miles of the city’s shoreline along the Entiat and Columbia rivers. Entiat’s shoreline program is designed to minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserves appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protects access to public lands and waters.

Ecology will take comments into consideration when making a decision on whether to adopt the plan. Shoreline master programs are the cornerstone of the voter-approved Shoreline Management Act of 1972. Once approved by Ecology, Entiat’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program. About 200 cities and counties statewide are updating or crafting their master programs.

Entiat’s proposed shoreline program and related documents may be reviewed on the web.

You may also review hard copy documents at Entiat City Hall during posted business hours or at Ecology’s regional office in Yakima at 15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 200, call 509-575-2490 for an appointment.

Comments will be accepted through Dec. 7, 2012, and may be addressed to Clynda A. Case, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 15 W. Yakima Ave., Ste. 200, Yakima, WA 98902, or by email to clynda.case@ecy.wa.gov.

Entiat’s proposed updated master program:

Cities and counties must update their shoreline programs by December 2014. The regulation for the update resulted from a negotiated settlement between 58 different parties including business interests, ports, environmental groups, shoreline user groups, cities and counties, Ecology and the courts.

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Media Contacts:

Joye Redfield-Wilder, Central Regional communications manager, 509-575-2610; jred461@ecy.wa.gov

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