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Shoreline Master Programs

Skamania County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public Comment Requested - October 25, 2017 to November 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

We are seeking public comment on Skamania County's proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program.

The proposed Shoreline Master Program will entirely replace the County’s 1974 program, last amended in 1986. The updated goals, policies, regulations, environment designations, and administrative provisions are locally tailored to reflect current conditions and community vision for future shoreline use and development. The updated master program prioritizes water-oriented activities, public access, habitat protection, and ecological restoration and allows for legal existing uses and structures to continue.

The master program applies to approximately 581 miles of rivers and creeks, plus approximately 166 miles of lake shorelines. County shorelines of statewide significance include the Columbia, Wind, Little White Salmon, White Salmon, and Lewis rivers, Trout Lake Creek, Swift Reservoir, and Spirit Lake. Additional County shorelines include many tributary streams, creeks and smaller lakes, such as Canyon, Cispus, Clear, Clearwater, Falls, Green, Hamilton, Lava, Morrison, Muddy, Panther, Rock, Siouxon, and Yellowjacket creeks, the Washougal River and its West Fork, Franz, Woody’s, Wauna, Ashes, Goose, Forlorn, Placid, and Big Mosquito lakes, and many others located throughout the County.

We will compare Skamania County's proposed program to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is or with recommended changes, or
  • Send the proposed program back to Skamania County with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Learn more: Citizen Guide to Shoreline Master Programs

Public comment period

Opens: October 25, 2017
Closes: November 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm

All interested parties are invited to provide comment during this public comment period. There are several ways to provide comments. You only need to submit your comments once.

Submit written comments and questions to:

Michelle McConnell, Shorelines Planner
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office - SEA Program
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775

Comments must be received no later than November 30, 2017 at 5 p.m.


Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Michelle McConnell, Washington Department of Ecology.

Paper copies are available for viewing, by appointment, at the following locations:

Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Staff contact: Michelle McConnell
Phone: 360-407-6349

Skamania County
Department of Community Development
Courthouse Annex
170 NW Vancouver Avenue
Stevenson, Washington 98648
Staff contact: Alan Peters
Phone: 509-427-3900

Next steps: Response to public comment and decision

A summary of comments will be posted here a few weeks after the comment period closes. We will also post Skamania County's response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.

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