Department of Ecology News Release - May 4, 2016

Comments sought on Franklin County's shoreline plan

PASCO – A program to manage shorelines in Franklin County is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

The proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development along the Columbia, Palouse and Snake rivers as well as 18 lakes within the county. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Franklin County adopted its shoreline plan on Jan. 20, 2016. Once approved by Ecology, the county’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 June 6, 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

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


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