RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
Safekeeping Washington's shores
Washington has about 28,000 miles of shorelines – more than the distance around the Earth.
Our shorelines include both quiet breeding areas for blue-ribbon trout and areas where 30-foot waves build and carry away beaches. This wild, dynamic nature of shorelines draws us to the water’s edge.
Managing our use and development of shorelines is important. It helps us to preserve what we value and protect life and property. Sharing and caring for shorelines is everyone’s responsibility.
Shoreline Master Programs
Shoreline Permits and Enforcement
Conditional use, substantial development permits, and variances are required for some shoreline uses. The permits are administered by local governments with the Department of Ecology’s review and approval required in some cases.
Coastal Zone Management Program
Washington actively participates in the national Coastal Zone Management Program and receives federal funding for managing our coastal shorelines.
The Department of Ecology works to improve Washington’s ocean management through participation in the State Ocean Caucus, West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health, Pacific Coast Collaborative, and other efforts.
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