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Ecology starts review of Twisp's shoreline program update

May 03, 2011

The Washington Department of Ecology is accepting comments on the town of Twisp's recently updated shoreline master program through June 8.

A diverse group of stakeholders worked collaboratively over the past five years to develop the locally-tailored shoreline program that will help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the public's access to public lands and waters.

The update began with a thorough inventory of existing land-use patterns and environmental conditions with input from waterfront property owners, agricultural interest groups, scientists, tribal government representatives, agricultural interests, local planning
representatives, and state and local resource agency staff.

The updated shoreline master program will guide construction and development of 3.6 miles of stream shorelines along the Twisp and Methow rivers. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Under Washington's 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Twisp's proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. About 260 towns, cities and counties statewide are in the process or soon will be updating their master programs during the next few years.

Ecology will accept public comment on the shoreline program for the Town of Twisp through June 8, 2011. Comments and questions should be addressed to Clynda A. Case, Department of Ecology, 15 W. Yakima Ave.,
Suite 200, Yakima, WA , 98902, (clynda.case@ecy.wa.gov) 509-457-7125.

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

* Department of Ecology Central Regional Office, 15 W. Yakima Ave.,Suite 200, Yakima, Wash.

* Town of Twisp, 118 S. Glover St., Twisp, Wash.

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