Department of Ecology News Release - December 5, 2014

Ecology seeks comment on Sedro-Woolley shoreline program

SEDRO-WOOLLEY – A program to manage 1,400 linear feet of shoreline within the city of Sedro-Woolley is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

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.

The proposed updated shoreline master program will guide construction and development along the Skagit River and associated wetlands. Most of Sedro-Woolley’s shoreline is along a city park. The proposed update protects existing residential and park use.

Comments will be accepted through Jan. 23, 2015. Comments and questions should be addressed to Bob Fritzen, Department of Ecology, Bellingham Field Office, 1440 10th St., Suite 102, Bellingham, WA  98225, by email to bob.fritzen@ecy.wa.gov or call 360-715-5207.

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.

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

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Sedro-Woolley’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. More than 150 cities and counties statewide are in the process of, or soon will be, updating or crafting their shoreline programs.

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Contacts:

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

Bob Fritzen, Ecology shorelines planner, 360-715-5207