Department of Ecology News Release - October 19, 2015

Share your thoughts on West Richland's shoreline

WEST RICHLAND – A program to manage about six miles of Yakima River shoreline within the city of West Richland is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

The proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development along West Richland’s shoreline. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

West Richland adopted its shoreline plan on April 7. 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 West Richland’s shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protect people’s access to public land and waters.

Comments will be accepted through Nov. 20. Comments and questions should be addressed to Lennard Jordan, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 1250 W. Alder St., Union Gap, WA 98903 or by email to lennard.jordan@ecy.wa.gov. For information, call 509-457-7125.

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Ecology will consider all public comments. And then Ecology may approve West Richland’s proposed shoreline program as written, reject it or identify specific modifications to meet the Shoreline Management Act and applicable state regulations.

Contact:

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