Department of Ecology News Release - March 24, 2015

Friday Harbor shoreline program up for state review
Public can weigh in on town's update to protect water's edges

FRIDAY HARBOR – A program to manage roughly 19,400 linear feet of shoreline within Friday Harbor’s city limits is under state review.

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on the recently updated shoreline master program through April 24, 2015.

The updated shoreline program will guide construction and development in the town’s saltwater and freshwater shoreline areas, much of which lies around 52-acre Trout Lake.

The locally tailored 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 shoreline program:

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

Comments and questions should be addressed to Bob Fritzen, Department of Ecology, 1440 10th Street, Suite 102, Bellingham, WA 98225, or by email to bob.fritzen@ecy.wa.gov, or call 360-715-5207.

Review documents 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.

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Contacts:

Krista Kenner, Ecology communications, 360-715-5205, @ecyNorth

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