Department of Ecology News Release - January 20, 2017

Pacific County shoreline program up for state review
Public can weigh in on county’s plan to protect water’s edges

PACIFIC COUNTY – A new program to manage approximately 1,200 miles of lake, river and marine shorelines within Pacific County will be open for public comment through the Washington Department of Ecology for 30 days beginning Jan. 23.

Comments will help Ecology decide whether to approve the county’s update as written or request changes.

Local shoreline programs protect natural resources for future generations, provide for public access to public waters and shores, and plan for shoreline uses and development. Once approved by Ecology, they become part of the state’s overall Shoreline Master Program as outlined in the Shoreline Management Act.

Pacific County’s comprehensive update will completely replace the county’s original shoreline master program that was adopted in 1975 and last amended in 2000. The plan contains locally tailored policies and provisions to improve habitat protection and encourage restoration of shorelines, including those on the Pacific Ocean, Willapa Bay, Columbia River and numerous other streams, rivers and lakes.

Some features of Pacific County’s shoreline program include:

Comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Feb. 22, and should be addressed to Ecology’s Kim Van Zwalenburg. Here’s how to submit comments:

Mail:
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775

Email:
kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov

Phone:
360-407-6520

Pacific County’s new Shoreline Master Program can be found online. Paper copies are available at Ecology’s Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, or at either of the two Pacific County offices:: 300 Memorial Drive, South Bend, or 7013 Sandridge Road, Long Beach.

Contact:

David Bennett, Ecology communications, 360-407-6239, @ecysw

Kim Van Zwalenburg, Ecology shorelines planner, 360-407-6520