Department of Ecology News Release - December 29, 2014

Comments sought on South Cle Elum’s shoreline plan

SOUTH CLE ELUM – A program to manage about a half mile of Yakima River shoreline within South Cle Elum is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

The proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development in South Cle Elum’s roughly half mile of shoreline. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

South Cle Elum locally adopted its shoreline plan on Sept. 2, 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 Feb. 2, 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 lennard.jordan@ecy.wa.gov. For information, call 509-457-7125.

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

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Contact:

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