Department of Ecology News Release - April 30, 2015

Longview shoreline plan ready for public comment
New plan updates 1977 program for riverfronts and Lake Sacajawea

OLYMPIA – Nearly 40 years after its last update, the city of Longview’s shoreline master program is ready for public comment as a part of a review process by the Washington Department of Ecology.

The draft master program was approved by the Longview City Council in January 2015, and replaces the city’s 1977 shoreline master program. The updated plan covers shorelines within the city limits on the Cowlitz and Columbia rivers, as well as Lake Sacajawea. 

With the proposed plan submitted by the city of Longview, Ecology will now compare it to the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines for final approval.

The public can review and submit comments on the proposal from May 4 through 5 p.m. June 3, 2015. The proposed shoreline program and related documents can be reviewed at:

Comments and questions can be submitted by email to sarah.cassal@ecy.wa.gov, by calling 360-407-7459, or mailed to:

Sarah Cassal
Department of Ecology
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 4775, Olympia, WA 98504-7775

Following the public comment period, Ecology may approve the proposed shoreline plan, reject it, or propose 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 each local shoreline program before it takes effect. More than 200 Washington cities and counties are updating or crafting their shoreline programs, or have recently done so.

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Contacts:

Chase Gallagher, communications, 360-407-6239, @ECYSW