Washington State Department of Ecology - September 11, 2013

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Ecology seeks public comment as review begins on Cashmere's shoreline master program update

YAKIMA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on Cashmere's recently updated shoreline master program.

Cashmere'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. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

The proposed updated shoreline master program was adopted by the city council on Jan. 28, 2013, and will guide construction and development in Cashmere's 1,200 feet of shoreline along the Wenatchee River. Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Cashmere's proposed shoreline program before it takes effect.

Cities and counties statewide are in the process or soon will be updating their master programs.

Ecology will accept comment on Cashmere's proposed shoreline program through Oct. 23, 2013. Comments and questions should be addressed to Lennard Jordan, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 200, Yakima, WA 98902, by email to ljor461@ecy.wa.gov, or call 509-457-7125.

Cashmere's proposed shoreline program and related documents can be reviewed at:

After public comments are considered, Ecology may approve the proposed shoreline master program as written, reject it or direct Cashmere to modify specific parts. Once approved, Cashmere's shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

Cashmere's 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:

Joye Redfield-Wilder; 509-575-2610; 509-961-6277; jred461@ecy.wa.gov

More information:

Our Living Shorelines web portal (www.ecy.wa.gov/livingshorelines/index.html)
Ecology’s website (www.ecy.wa.gov)
Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)