Department of Ecology News Release - February 14, 2013

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Amendment addressing aquaculture on Snohomish County shorelines open for comment

BELLEVUE - The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on an amendment to Snohomish County’s shoreline master program that will clarify future aquaculture along the county’s 33 miles of marine shoreline.

The proposal is part of a settlement agreement between The Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association, Snohomish County and Ecology, as directed by the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board.

Changes clarify permit classifications and commercial aquaculture activities in critical saltwater habitats. They are designed to better define and improve management of commercial aquaculture activities, including processing, and help support the broader initiative to protect and restore Puget Sound.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Snohomish County’s proposed shoreline program amendment before it takes effect. 

Ecology will accept comments on the proposed amendment beginning Feb. 21 and runs through March 21, 2014. Comments and questions should be addressed to David Pater, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 3190 160th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, WA 98008, by email to david.pater@ecy.wa.gov, or call 425-649-4253.

Snohomish County’s proposed shoreline program amendment and related documents can be reviewed online or at: 

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Media Contacts:

Joye Redfield-Wilder, 509-575-2610; 509-961-6277; joye.redfield-wilder@ecy.wa.gov

David Pater, Environmental Planner, 425- 649-4253; david.pater@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

Ecology’s website for Snohomish County’s proposed shoreline master program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/SnohomishLimitedAmendment.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/socialmedia.html)