NO NET LOSS of Shoreline Ecological Functions IS NOT A LAW

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

I submit this as my comment on NNL

Pearl Rains Hewett Trustee

George C. Rains Sr. Estate

Member SMP Advisory Committee

NO NET LOSS of Shoreline Ecological Functions IS NOT A LAW 

FOUND ON PAGE (1)  AND PAGE (47) OF A 48 PAGE REPORT AND

KEEPING IN MIND THAT WAC’s ARE NOT LAWS

SMP HANDBOOK Chapter 4

The SMP Guidelines, adopted in 2003, constitute the first actual rule (WAC) in Washington State to incorporate the

 no net loss requirement. The concept of no net loss in this State originated with earlier efforts to protect wetlands. In 1989, Governor Booth Gardner signed an Executive Order establishing a statewide goal regarding wetlands protection. “It is the interim goal…to achieve no overall net loss in acreage and function of Washington’s remaining wetlands base. It is further the long-term goal to increase the quantity and quality of Washington’s wetlands resource base.” (E.O. 89-10).

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SMP NNL Handbook Last updated 6/22/2010

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Specific Shoreline Activity and Use Standards Numerous additional specific references exist in the SMP Guidelines, requiring SMP regulations resulting in no net loss of shoreline ecological functions. Specific shoreline activity standards referencing NNL are located at: WAC 173-26-221(2)(c)(ii)(C) and (D): Geologically hazardous areas. WAC 173-26-221(2)(c)(iii)(C): Critical saltwater habitats

WAC 173-26-221(2)(c)(iv)(C): Critical freshwater habitats

WAC 173-26-221(3): Flood hazard reduction

WAC 173-26-221(4)(d): Public access

WAC 173-26-221(5): Shoreline vegetation conservation

WAC 173-26-221(6): Water quality, storm water and nonpoint pollution

WAC 173-26-231: Shoreline modifications, including shoreline stabilization, piers and docks, fill, breakwaters, jetties, groins and weirs, beach and dunes management, dredging and dredge material disposal, shoreline habitat and natural systems-enhancement projects.

Specific shoreline use standards referencing NNL are located at:

WAC 173-26-241(2)(a)(iv), addressing the following uses:

Agriculture

Aquaculture

Boating facilities

Commercial development

Forest practices

Industry

In-stream structural uses

Mining

Recreational development

Residential development

 

Transportation and parking

Utilities

 

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