Department of Ecology News Release - February 2, 2015

City of Moses Lake shoreline program under review
Public can weigh in on program to protect water’s edges

SPOKANE — A program to manage shorelines in the city of Moses Lake is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

Moses Lake’s proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development on shorelines within the city limits, including the outfall of Crab Creek, Parker Horn, Pelican Horn, Lewis Horn, and various small bays and islands in the northern part of the lake.

Shoreline programs are designed to help protect the shoreline environment, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and allow people access to public land and waters.

The public can comment through March 4, 2015. After approval from Ecology, the shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline program.

Comments and questions should be addressed to Jeremy Sikes, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 4601 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205, by email to jeremy.sikes@ecy.wa.gov, or call 509-329-3426.

The 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.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve the 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 creating, their shoreline programs.

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Contact:

Brook Beeler, Washington Department of Ecology, 509-329-3478, @ecyspokane