Department of Ecology News Release - February 21, 2014

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Amendment addresses updates to Redmond's shoreline plan

BELLEVUE - The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on an amendment to the city of Redmond’s shoreline master program that incorporates changes to critical areas regulations and the comprehensive plan. 

The shoreline program amendment includes recent changes to the natural environment chapter of the city’s comprehensive plan and minor changes to critical areas regulations related to wellhead protection and frequently flooded areas. The critical areas regulations and natural environment chapter are subsections of Redmond’s shoreline master program.

Redmond’s shorelines consist of Lake Sammamish, the Sammamish River, and Bear and Evans creeks. The proposed amendment will 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 the amendment before it takes effect. 

Ecology will accept comments on the proposed amendment, from Feb. 24 to March 26, 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.

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

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Media Contacts:

Brook Beeler, brook.beeler@ecy.wa.gov, 509 329-3478, @ecyspokane

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

For more information:

Ecology’s website for Redmond proposed shoreline master program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/RedmondLimitedAmendment.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)