Whitman County hasn’t updated the Shoreline Master Program since 1974

Whitman County hasn’t updated the Shoreline Master Program since 1974 »Play Video
Shoreline policies will be updated
WHITMAN COUNTY, WA – Leaders in Whitman County are in the process of updating the Shoreline Master Program so they can regulate new shoreline development, improve public access to shorelines and provide environmental protection.

Elected leaders from around the County attended a kick-off meeting Wednesday Night to discuss what this means for residents and farmers.

Consultants creating the program explained it won’t have much of an effect on private land or farms.

"Any existing agriculture, whether it has to do with cattle or wheat farming, that sort of thing, can just keep on going under the existing master program and the new master program," said The Watershed Company Consultant Amy Summe.

Whitman County hasn’t updated the Shoreline Master Program since 1974, however Washington’s Department of Ecology is requiring the County to modernize it by June of 2015.

Consultants are still analyzing which streams, lakes and wetlands have enough water to be considered part of the Shoreline Program. It will take about two years to update. Public input is encouraged throughout the entire process.