Department of Ecology News Release - December 28, 2016

Blaine, Everson shoreline programs up for review
Comprehensive updates protect bays, rivers, creeks


Nooksack River at Everson (top) and the Blaine waterfront (bottom).

WHATCOM COUNTY – The cities of Blaine and Everson are seeking Washington Department of Ecology approval of recent updates to their programs for managing shorelines in their jurisdictions.

Ecology is asking for public comment before taking action. The department reviews local Shoreline Master Programs, which protect natural resources for future generations, provide for public access to public waters and shores, and plan for shoreline uses and development.

Blaine’s proposed update includes measures to promote protection and restoration of shoreline habitats. The program also incorporates the city’s existing Wharf District and Semiahmoo Bay master plans. Shorelines within Blaine include Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo Bay and tidally-influenced portions of California and Dakota creeks.

Everson’s program addresses shoreline and associated wetlands along Nooksack River. The proposed update would accommodate existing development, protect remaining resources and promote restoration.

Comments will help Ecology decide whether to approve each city’s update as written or request changes. Approved local shoreline programs become part of the state’s overall Shoreline Master Program as outlined in the Shoreline Management Act.

Comments on both cities’ proposed updates will be accepted through Feb. 2, 2017.

Submit written comments and questions to:
Chad Yunge, Shoreline Planner - chad.yunge@ecy.wa.gov

Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
1440 10th Street, Suite 201
Bellingham WA 98225

Please specify to which city your comments apply.

Contact:

Larry Altose, communications manager, 425-649-7009, @ecyseattle
Chad Yunge, shoreline planner, 360-715-5206