Department of Ecology News Release - March 1, 2013

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Medical Lake's proposed shoreline master program under review

SPOKANE – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on Medical Lake’s proposed comprehensive update of its shoreline master program.

Medical Lake’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.

The updated shoreline master program will guide construction and development along Medical Lake’s shorelines and portions of West Medical and Silver lakes. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Medical Lake’s proposed program will:

Ecology will accept public comment on the city’s proposed shoreline program through 5 p.m. on  April 1, 2013. You can address comments and questions to Jaime Short, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, Eastern Regional Office, 4601 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205.  Email Short at jaime.short@ecy.wa.gov or call 509-329-3411.

View Medical Lake’s proposed shoreline program and related documents at:

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

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

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 among 58 different parties including business interests, ports, environmental groups, shoreline user groups, cities and counties, Ecology and the courts.

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Media Contact: Brook Beeler, communications manager, 509-329-3478; cell, 509-290-0855 (brook.beeler@ecy.wa.gov)

For more information:

The city of Medical Lake’s proposed shoreline program  (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/MedicalLake.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)