Department of Ecology News Release - December 3, 2012

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Ecology starts review of Wilkeson’s shoreline master program update, seeks public comment

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on Wilkeson’s recently updated shoreline master program.      

The proposed updated shoreline master program will guide construction and development along the town’s1.5 miles of shoreline on Wilkeson Creek. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.      

Wilkeson’s locally-tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the public’s right to public lands and waters. 

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve the town’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. About 200 cities and counties statewide are in the process of or soon will be updating or crafting their master programs.

Ecology will accept public comment on Wilkeson’s proposed shoreline program through Jan. 14, 2013. Comments and questions should be addressed to Sarah Lukas, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, PO Box 47775, Olympia, WA 98504-7775. Email Lukas at sarah.lukas@ecy.wa.gov, or call 360-407-7459.     

Wilkeson’s proposed shoreline program and related documents can be reviewed at: 

Wilkeson Town Hall, 540 Church St, Wilkeson
Ecology’s Southwest Regional Office Reception Desk, 300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA 98503

Ecology’s website for Wilkeson’s  proposed shoreline master program

After the public comment period is done, Ecology may approve the proposed shoreline master program as written, reject it or direct the town to modify specific parts. Once approved by Ecology, Wilkeson’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

Wilkeson’s proposed updated master program:

All of Washington’s cities and counties with regulated shorelines must update their programs by December 2014. They are following regulations adopted by Ecology in 2003. The regulations 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:

Ecology’s website for Wilkeson’s  proposed shoreline master program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/wilkeson.html)

More about shoreline master programs (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/index.html)

Our Living Shorelines web portal (www.ecy.wa.gov/livingshorelines/index.html)

Ecology's social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)