Department of Ecology News Release - February 11, 2016

Comments sought on Pasco's shoreline program

PASCO – A program to manage shoreline within the city of Pasco is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

The proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development along approximately 17 miles of shoreline in Pasco along the Columbia and Snake rivers. It combines local plans for shoreline development and preservation with new ordinances that guide permitting requirements.

Pasco locally adopted its shoreline plan on Nov. 16, 2015. 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 shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protect people’s access to public land and waters.

Comments will be accepted through March 14, 2016, and should be addressed to Zach Meyer, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 1250 W. Alder St., Union Gap, WA 98903 or by email to zmey461@ecy.wa.gov.

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After taking public comments into consideration, Ecology may approve Pasco’s proposed shoreline program as written, reject it or identify specific modifications to meet the Shoreline Management Act and applicable state regulations.

Contact:

Brook Beeler, communications, 509-328-3478; @ecyspokane