Department of Ecology News Release - August 3, 2016

Lincoln County’s shoreline program will help guide preservation, construction and development along shorelines like Lake Roosevelt Reservoir.Lincoln County’s shoreline program will help guide preservation, construction and development along shorelines like Lake Roosevelt Reservoir.

Updated programs help protect shorelines in Lincoln County
State reviewing three shoreline programs and looking for public feedback

DAVENPORT – Three recently updated shoreline programs in Lincoln County will help preserve and protect areas along four rivers and 37 lakes.

The towns of Odessa and Reardan joined Lincoln County in a regional planning process to update their shoreline programs. They individually submitted their updated programs to the Washington Department of Ecology, which is now making them available for public review and comment.

The towns and county shared environmental studies and an inventory of current shoreline conditions. The county led the shoreline program update, which was then adopted by Odessa and Reardan.

Together, these programs will guide construction and development along shorelines, including Sprague Lake, Long Lake Reservoir, Crab Creek, and the Spokane and Columbia rivers.

Once approved by Ecology, the shoreline programs will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

Each 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.

Ecology is accepting comments on the shoreline programs this summer:

Comments and questions should be addressed to Lennard Jordan, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 1250 West Alder St., Union Gap, WA 98903, or by email to lennard.jordan@ecy.wa.gov.

Documents are available for review online, at Ecology’s Central Regional Office, and at each jurisdiction’s planning office.

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.

Contact:

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