Department of Ecology News Release - September 9, 2014

Benton City's shoreline plan considered
Public can weigh in on program to protect water's edges

YAKIMA – A program to manage about 2.5 miles of Yakima River shoreline within Benton City is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

The locally tailored shoreline program will guide construction and development of shoreline areas in Benton City. It also combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Shoreline programs are designed to meet state and local needs by minimizing environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserving appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protecting people's access to public land and waters.

Comments will be accepted through Oct. 13, 2014. 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.

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

Once approved by Ecology, the city's shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

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Contact:

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