Department of Ecology News Release - April 28, 2014

Wenatchee shoreline plan under final review
Public can weigh in on city’s program to protect water’s edges

WENATCHEE – A program to manage 5.5 miles of shoreline within Wenatchee’s city limits is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

The locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect people’s access to public land and waters.

Previously covered by a county-wide shoreline program, the city joined a regional update process in 2007. Since the dissolution of this regional effort, the city has been developing its own shoreline program and adopted a final plan in June 2013. Once approved by Ecology, the city’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline program.

Comments will be accepted through June 5. Comments and questions should be addressed to Angela San Filippo, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 200, Yakima, WA 98908, or by email to Angela.sanfilippo@ecy.wa.gov or call 509-454-3619.

The city of Wenatchee’s proposed shoreline program and related documents can be reviewed at: 

Taking public comments into consideration, Ecology may approve the proposed shoreline program as written, reject it or identify specific modifications to meet the Shoreline Management Act and applicable state regulations.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Yakima’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. More than 150 cities and counties statewide are in the process of, or soon will be updating or creating, their shoreline programs.

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Contacts:

Joye Redfield-Wilder, communications, 509-575-2610; @ecyCentral