Department of Ecology News Release - December 12, 2014

Shoreline program for Kitsap County approved

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Ecology has approved Kitsap County’s updated shoreline master program.

The county’s shoreline program will result in significant improvements in the protection, use, development and restoration of over 290 miles of lake, stream and marine shorelines throughout the county.

“The county’s staff and commissioners are to be commended for an outstanding public process and final product,” said Erik Stockdale, Ecology’s regional shorelines program supervisor. “Kitsap County engaged a variety of stakeholders in developing a program that helps protect the economic and environmental health of local shorelines. By working together, the community is protecting treasured shoreline resources for themselves and future generations.”

“Because our jurisdiction is located on a peninsula, Kitsap County’s shorelines play a vital role in enhancing the quality of life for our citizens,” said Charlotte Garrido, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. “The updated shoreline master program is the result of a productive partnership between our citizens, shoreline property owners, local tribes and state agencies, and we are confident the results show that. We are especially proud of the work our Citizen Task Force did in developing a program that accounts for variability across the county’s shorelines while also striving to protect our natural resources.”

The county’s updated shoreline program:

Shoreline master programs are a cornerstone of the state’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act. Cities and counties must develop and periodically update locally tailored programs to safeguard shoreline environments, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect access to public lands and waters.

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Contact:

Larry Altose, Ecology communications, 425-649-7009, @ecySeattle

Joe Burcar, Ecology senior shoreline planner, 425-649-7145

David Greetham, Kitsap County planning supervisor, 360-337-5777