Department of Ecology News Release - August 21, 2014

Lynden shoreline program up for state review
Public can weigh in on update to protect city’s stream shorelines

LYNDEN – A program to manage 4.61 miles of shoreline within the city of Lynden is under review by the Washington Department of Ecology and is open for public comment.

The proposed updates to Lynden’s shoreline master program will guide construction and development in the city’s stream shorelines, including Fishtrap Creek and a portion of the Nooksack River.

The locally tailored shoreline 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.

Once approved by Ecology, the city’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program. The proposed shoreline program:

Provides shoreline regulations that are integrated with the city’s planning, zoning, and critical areas ordinances. 

Comments will be accepted through Sept. 25. Comments and questions should be addressed to Chad Yunge, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 1440 10th St., Suite 102, Bellingham, WA, 98225, or by email to chad.yunge@ecy.wa.gov, or call 360-715-5206.

The city’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 Lynden’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. More than 150 cities and counties statewide are in the process of, or will soon be updating or crafting, their shoreline programs.

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Contact:

Krista Kenner, communications manager, 360-715-5205, @ecynorth

Chad Yunge, Ecology shorelines planner, 360-715-5206