The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on the city of Ridgefieldâ€™s new shoreline master program.
The shoreline master program will guide construction and development on the cityâ€™s shorelines along portions of Lake River and Gee Creek. 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, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the publicâ€™s right to public lands and waters.
Under Washingtonâ€™s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, a proposed shoreline program needs Ecologyâ€™s review and approval before it takes effect. About 200 towns, cities and counties statewide are in the process of, or soon will, be updating their master programs during the next few years.
Ecology will accept public comment on the Ridgefield shoreline master program through Sept. 17, 2012.
Dredging Today Staff, August 17, 2012