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Shoreline Master Programs

Shoreline Master Programs: Comprehensive Updates for Coulee City, Electric City, Grand Coulee, Krupp, Soap Lake, and Wilson Creek

On June 12, 2015, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Soap Lake’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update.  Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of this shoreline plan is June 26, 2015, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.  Ecology will continue to work closely with the city on implementation of the new SMP.  A few of the issues raised during the public comment, particularly the use of the lake for motorized race events, will require continuous coordination between the city, Ecology, other state and federal agencies, and the citizens of Soap Lake to ensure consistency with the provisions of the SMP.

On March 12, 2015, the Department of Ecology approved the Coulee City, Electric City, Grand Coulee, Krupp, and Wilson Creek Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive updates. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the five shoreline programs is March 26, 2015, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the towns and cities that their shoreline program was approved.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. This approval puts the final stamp on a significant collaborative effort that increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.

The Washington Department of Ecology held a public comment period on Coulee City’s, Electric City’s, Grand Coulee’s, Krupp’s, Soap Lake’s, and Wilson Creek’s proposed comprehensive update to their Shoreline Master Programs. The period for public comment was December 17, 2014 – January 23, 2015.

Ecology used mail to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. No comments were received.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Coulee City: The town’s jurisdiction includes shoreline along Banks Lake. The lake is a shoreline of statewide significance because of its surface acreage of 1,000 acres or more measured at the ordinary high water mark. Much of the town’s shoreline is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and leased by the town for public parks.

Electric City: The city’s jurisdiction includes shoreline along Banks Lake and Osborn Bay. Banks Lake is a shoreline of statewide significance because of its surface acreage of 1,000 acres or more measured at the ordinary high water mark. Most of the shoreline is in public ownership (state and federal lands) with private ownership of some upland areas.

Grand Coulee: The city’s shoreline jurisdiction includes shoreline along Banks Lake, Crescent Bay and Lake Roosevelt. Most of the shoreline is publically owned (federal lands) and includes the Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin Project facilities. Private lands are undeveloped.

Krupp: The Town of Krupp includes shoreline along Crab Creek. Most of the shoreline is undeveloped agricultural land. The shoreline also includes single-family residential, transportation, and commercial uses.

Soap Lake:  The City of Soap Lake and its related Urban Growth Area (UGA) contain approximately 76 acres of Soap Lake shoreline. The lake has naturally high concentrations of sodium carbonate and sulfate and is stratified. It contains a top layer, which is aerobic and brackish, and a lower layer, which is hyper-saline, cold, and anaerobic and has the highest concentration of sulfide recorded in natural water. Along the shoreline there is a mix of land use types including commercial, open space, recreational, residential single-family, residential multifamily, transportation and undeveloped. The city also owns park land within the Soap Lake shoreline.

Wilson Creek: The Town of Wilson Creek has shoreline along Crab Creek. Most of Wilson Creek’s shoreline was developed prior to the 1972 adoption of the Shoreline Management Act by voters. Therefore, many of the shoreline uses are not influenced by the local shoreline program. The current mix of agricultural and industrial uses, combined with the incised nature of the Crab Creek channel and the presence of a rail line adjacent to the stream, have minimized potential shoreline use conflicts.

 

Background documents for Grant County, Coulee City, Electric City, Grand Coulee, Krupp, Soap Lake, and Wilson Creek

Appeals

  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish a legal ad notifying the public of final action of the Soap Lake SMP in the Grant County Journal on June 25, 2015.
  • Ecology plans to publish a legal ad notifying the public of final action in the Grant County Journal on March 30, 2015, and in The Star and the Coulee City News Standard on April 1, 2015.

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Jaime Short, Washington Department of Ecology.

Staff contact

Jeremy Sikes
Washington Department of Ecology
Eastern Regional Office
4601 N. Monroe
Spokane, Washington 99205
jeremy.sikes@ecy.wa.gov
509-329-3426 

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