DuPont Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update
On January 11, 2013 the Department of Ecology approved DuPont’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of DuPont’s shoreline program is January 25, 2013, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to DuPont that their shoreline program was approved.
The program regulates approximately 3.5 miles of marine shorelines within Puget Sound, including the eastern shore of the Nisqually Delta, Tatsolo Point, and the brackish marsh at the mouth of Sequalitchew Creek.
DuPont’s Shoreline Master Program was last updated in 1995. This comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The updated program focuses on restoring the ecological functions of shorelines and increasing access to publicly owned areas.
On December 13, 2012, Ecology provided DuPont with required changes to the proposed update submitted in June 2012. These changes were needed to meet state law and requirements for shoreline program updates. The required changes were based on Ecology’s review and a public comment period held August 2 through September 5, 2012. Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. Ecology did not receive any comments.
The City of DuPont accepted Ecology’s required changes on January 8, 2013, allowing Ecology to approve the City’s shoreline program comprehensive update. This approval puts the final stamp on a significant effort that increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.
Documents related to approval
Note: All documents are PDF.
Locally adopted SMP
Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Sarah Lukas, Washington State Department of Ecology (see Staff contact, below).
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