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Ecology starts review of Pateros shoreline program update

Aug 19, 2011

The Department of Ecology is asking for public comment on the city of Pateros's new master program for its two-and-a-half (2.5) miles of shoreline.

The program will guide future development along the shorelines within the city's boundaries.

More than two hundred (200) cities and counties statewide are updating their shoreline programs.

The locally tailored shoreline program will help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the public's right to access public lands and waters. The updated shoreline master program will guide construction and development along Pateros' shoreline on the Methow and Columbia rivers.

Comments on Pateros's shoreline program will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2011. Comments may be addressed to Clynda A. Case, Department of Ecology, 15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 200, Yakima, WA 98902; or by email to clynda.case@ecy.wa.gov.

Pateros' proposed shoreline program and related documents can be reviewed at:

* City of Pateros, 113 Lakeshore Drive, Pateros, WA 98846
* Ecology Central Regional Office, 15 W. Yakima Ave., Ste. 200, Yakima WA 98902
* Online at: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/Pateros.html

Pateros' shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program once approved by Ecology. All of Washington's cities and counties with regulated shorelines have until December 2014 to update their programs. Washington's Shoreline Management Act was first authorized by voters in 1972.

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