Washington State Department of Ecology - March 6, 2013

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Public comment sought on Granite Falls shoreline program update

BELLEVUE – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) seeks public comment on Granite Fall’s recently updated shoreline master program.

The proposed updated shoreline program will guide construction and development in the city’s 5,210 feet of river shorelines. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Granite Fall’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 land and waters.

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

Ecology will accept public comment on Granite Fall’s proposed shoreline program through April 12, 2013. Comments and questions should be addressed to Anthony Boscolo, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98008, by email to Anthony.Boscolo@ecy.wa.gov, or call 425-649-7049.

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

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

Granite Fall’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 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 Contacts:

Larry Altose, Ecology media relations, 425-649-7009, larry.altose@ecy.wa.gov

Anthony Boscolo, Ecology shoreline planner, 425-649-7049, anthony.boscolo@ecy.wa.gov

Ray Sturtz, Granite Falls City Planner, 360-691-6441 planning@ci.granite-falls.wa.us

For more information:

Granite Falls’ proposed shoreline master program:

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

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

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