Department of Ecology News Release - July 23, 2014

Olympia shoreline program open for final review
Public can weigh in on city’s update to protect water’s edges

OLYMPIA – A program to manage approximately 31 miles of Olympia marine and freshwater shorelines is open for public comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

The city’s proposed shoreline program will guide development along Olympia’s marine and freshwater shorelines:  Percival Creek, Black Lake Drainage Ditch, Capitol Lake, Chambers Lake, Ward Lake, Grass Lake and Ken Lake.

The locally tailored program is designed to protect the shoreline environment, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protect people’s access to public land and waters.  The updated program:

Ecology will host an open house followed by a public hearing. The open house begins at 6 p.m. and the hearing follows at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia, WA. Ecology and city of Olympia representatives will be available for questions.

Comments and questions can be submitted to Chrissy Bailey, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, P.O. Box 47775, Olympia, WA, 98504, by email to, or by phone 360-407-0290. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., Sept. 8, 2014.

Olympia’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 Olympia’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect.



Camille St. Onge, communication manager, 360-584-6501, @ecologyWA

Chrissy Bailey, shoreline planner, 360-407-0290