Washington State Department of Ecology - April 15, 2013

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Pend Oreille County’s proposed shoreline master program under review

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

The county’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 guides construction and development along more than 60 lakes, rivers, and streams including Pend Oreille River, Diamond and Sacheen Lakes, and Sullivan Creek. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Pend Oreille County’s proposed program will:

Ecology will accept public comment on the County’s proposed shoreline program through 5 p.m. on May 29, 2013. You can address comments and questions to Jaime Short, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 4601 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email Short at jaime.short@ecy.wa.gov or call 509-329-3411.

View Pend Oreille County’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 the County to modify specific parts. Once approved by Ecology, Pend Oreille County’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 of, 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, Communication Manager, 509-329-3478; cell, 509-290-0855 (brook.beeler@ecy.wa.gov)

For more information:

Pend Oreille County’s proposed shoreline program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/PendOreille.html)

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)