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Shoreline Master Programs

Southeast Washington Coalition Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On February 23, 2017, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) approved Southeast Washington Coalition (Coalition) Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the SE WA Region shoreline program is March 9, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the Coalition that their shoreline program was approved.

The Counties of Asotin, Columbia, and Garfield, along with the City of Clarkston and Town of Starbuck, have formed the Southeast Washington Region Coalition to update their Shoreline Master Programs.

The SE WA Region SMP update addresses shoreline management on more than 307 miles of rivers and creeks. The Coalition partners worked cooperatively with other parties and agencies to develop unique riparian buffers that reflect the current ecological conditions and the future uses of specific shorelines. Special attention was given to some key shoreline management issues including recreation, public access and high intensity water dependent uses such the Snake River dams, port facilities and commercial uses.

This approval puts the final stamp on a significant effort that increases  protection and restoration of shoreline habitat and water quality, while also recognizing existing uses. Ecology held a public comment period on the Coalition proposed comprehensive update to their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The period for public comment was from October 27 – November 30, 2016. Ecology used email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology also issued a news release and legal ad to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology received one written comment. This comment focused on a typo in the Shoreline Program public access plan.

In this report, the phrase “SE WA Region” refers to the area covered by this SMP update.  The term “Coalition” refers to the Counties of Asotin, Columbia, and Garfield, the City of Clarkston, and the Town of Starbuck.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

If you have trouble accessing documents, please contact David Pater, Washington Department of Ecology (see below).


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(3), an interested party may file an appeal with the Shoreline Hearings Board within 30 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in the Lewiston Tribune legal ads on March 9, 2017, and the Dayton Chronicle and East Washingtonian legal ads on March 15, 2017.

Staff Contact

David Pater
Washington Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008
Phone: 425-649-4253

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