Department of Ecology News Release - July 27, 2016

State reviewing Pullman shoreline program
Seeking comments for managing South Fork Palouse River

PULLMAN – The city of Pullman updated its program for protecting and maintaining the shorelines of the South Fork Palouse River within city limits.

The city submitted it to the Washington Department of Ecology for review and approval. Now Ecology is making the shoreline program available for public review and comment through Aug. 26.

The city joined Whitman County and six towns in a regional planning process to update their shoreline programs, then individually submitted them Ecology. Pullman shared environmental studies and an inventory of current shoreline conditions with the county.

Pullman’s 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.

Once approved by Ecology, the locally tailored program will guide construction and development along the river and become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

Comments will be accepted through Aug. 26, and 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

Documents are available for review online, at Ecology’s Central Region Office, and the city of Pullman, 325 SE Paradise St.

The town of Malden also was part of the regional update and will submit locally adopted programs for state review later this year.

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.


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