Department of Ecology News Release - July 25, 2016

Reviewing San Juan County's shoreline protection plan
Public invited to review and comment through Sept. 2

FRIDAY HARBOR – The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on San Juan County's recently updated shoreline master program.

The proposed updated plan will guide construction and development in the county's 400 plus miles of marine and lake shorelines.

 The locally tailored shoreline plan is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the public's right to public land and waters.

San Juan County's proposed update: 

Ecology is accepting comments through Sept. 2. Comments and questions should be addressed to Bob Fritzen, Department of Ecology, Bellingham Field Office, 1440 10th Street, Suite 102, Bellingham, WA 98225, or by email to

San Juan County's proposed shoreline program and related documents can be reviewed on Ecology's website and San Juan County's website. They can also be reviewed at Ecology's Bellingham office, San Juan County's community development office, or libraries located on Orcas, San Juan and Lopez Islands.

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


Krista Kenner, Ecology communications manager, 360-715-5205, @ecynorth