Department of Ecology News Release - April 15, 2015

Spokane Valley shoreline program under review
Seeking public comment on program to protect water’s edges

SPOKANE – A program to manage shorelines in the city of Spokane Valley will open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology on April 20.

Spokane Valley’s proposed shoreline program will guide construction, development and maintenance activities on shorelines of Shelly Lake and the Spokane River within the city limits.

A portion of the shoreline managed by the city’s program contains a segment of the Spokane River Centennial Trail, a 37.5-mile trail that begins at the Washington/Idaho border and ends at Nine Mile Falls.

The city’s program is 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 May 20, 2015. After approval from Ecology, the shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline program.

Comments and questions should be addressed to Jaime Short, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 4601 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205, by email to jaime.short@ecy.wa.gov, or call 509-329-3411.

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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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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Contacts:

Brook Beeler, communications, 509-329-3478;@ecyspokane