Department of Ecology News Release - October 24, 2014

Updates to Clark County shoreline plan considered

OLYMPIA – Public comment is sought on a limited amendment to Clark County’s shoreline master program. The county’s plan was updated in 2012.

These minor changes will affect how Clark County administers its shoreline master program. Amendments clarify the definition for dredging and correct inconsistencies related to dredging in wetlands and for restoration. Non-water-oriented commercial uses will also be allowed on shorelines in limited circumstances.

Shorelines in the county include the Columbia, Lewis, East Fork Lewis, and Washougal rivers; Merwin, Yale and Vancouver lakes; and numerous creeks, including Lacamas Creek, Salmon Creek, Burnt Bridge Creek, and Cedar Creek.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve the amendment before it takes effect. 

Comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted beginning Oct. 23 through Nov. 6, 2014. Comments and questions should be addressed to Kim Van Zwalenburg, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, PO Box 47775, Olympia, WA 98504, by email or call 360-407-6520.

Review documents:
Clark County’s proposed shoreline program amendments and related documents can be reviewed at:



Melissa Rohlfs, Communications, 360-407-6239 @EcySW