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Everson Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On June 20, 2017, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Everson with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The changes are based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held January 3 – February 2, 2017.

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. We received a total of 2 individual comments from 2 organizations. Comments focused on the protection of historic and archaeological resources and state-owned aquatic lands. On February 7, 2017, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for their response. The public comments and city’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment D (Below).

The comprehensive update will revise the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the city for their review and response. The city may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when the city and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

The city of Everson’s current shoreline program has not been updated since 1976. Shorelines in Everson include the Nooksack River and its associated floodplain and wetland areas. The updated program will increase protection of shoreline, promote restoration of degraded environments and allow the continuation of existing development along the Nooksack River.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Chad Yunge, Washington Department of Ecology.

Staff contact

Washington State Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
1440 10th Street, Suite 102
Bellingham, Washington 98225
Staff contact: Chad Yunge
Phone: 360-715-5200

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