The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) seeks public comment on Clark Countyâ€™s recently updated shoreline master program.
The updated shoreline master program will guide construction and development along the Countyâ€™s nearly 300 miles of river, stream and lake shorelines. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with updated development ordinances and related permitting requirements.
Upon Ecologyâ€™s approval, the locally tailored shoreline master program will help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas.
Under Washingtonâ€™s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Clark Countyâ€™s proposed shoreline program needs Ecologyâ€™s review and approval before it takes effect. About 230 towns, cities and counties statewide are in the process of, or soon will be, updating their master programs. Ecology will accept public comment on Clark Countyâ€™s program through April 23, 2012.
Dredging Today Staff, March 26, 2012; Image: fws.gov