Department of Ecology News Release - December 15, 2014

Comments sought on Richland's shoreline plan

RICHLAND – A program to manage about 10 miles of Yakima River shoreline and about eight miles of Columbia River shoreline within Richland is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

The proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development in Richland’s roughly 18 miles of shoreline. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Richland adopted its shoreline plan on Oct. 26, 2014. Once approved by Ecology, the city’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

The locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protect people’s access to public land and waters.

 Comments will be accepted through Jan. 20, 2015. Comments and questions should be addressed to Lennard Jordan, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 200, Yakima, WA 98902, or by email to For information, call 509-457-7125.

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



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