Department of Ecology News Release - October 31, 2014

Ecology approves Wenatchee shoreline program

YAKIMA — A program to manage five-and-a-half miles of shoreline along the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers within the city of Wenatchee has been approved by the Washington Department of Ecology.

Approval of the locally tailored program puts the final stamp on a significant effort that increases protection and restoration of wildlife habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.

The comprehensive update revises an existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions.

Wenatchee is one of more than 100 local governments that have completed updates that become part of the overall state shoreline program.

The new shoreline program goes into effect on Oct. 31. Appeals may be filed with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of a legal advertisement published on Nov. 4 in the Wenatchee World.

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Contact:

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