Shoreline Master Program
Washington State Department of Ecology reviews and approves shoreline plans developed by every county and city with some kind of freshwater or saltwater shoreline.
- This work is completed under the authority of the Shoreline Management Act.
"Shoreline Master Programs are local land use policies and regulations designed to manage shoreline use. These local programs protect natural resources for future generations, provide for public access to public waters and shores, and plan for water-dependent uses. They are created in partnership with the local community and Ecology, and must comply with the state Shoreline Management Act and Shoreline Master Program Guidelines.Over 260 local programs must be updated by 2014. These updates are a unique opportunity to create a positive future for Washington’s shorelines. We hope you will get involved."