Nooksack Shoreline Master Program: periodic review
On Oct. 16, 2023, we approved the City of Nooksack's Shoreline Master Program (SMP) periodic review amendment.
Nooksack's updated SMP is effective Oct. 30, 2023, 14 days after we provided notice to the city that their amendment was approved.
The Nooksack SMP regulates shoreline uses and activities along shorelines within city limits, including sections of the Sumas River, Breckenridge Creek, and associated wetlands including, but not limited to, the Nooksack Slough. The city's periodic review amendment brings the SMP into compliance with state rules that have been added or changed since the city's comprehensive SMP update in 2015. It also ensures the SMP remains consistent with amended comprehensive plans and regulations, and incorporates revisions deemed necessary to reflect changed local circumstances, new information, improved data.
On Aug. 21, 2023, we provided the city with required and recommended changes to their periodic review amendment. The changes are based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held April 7 to June 7, 2021.
We distributed notice of the comment period by email to state and local interested parties. We individually notified and invited the Lummi Nation, and the Nooksack Indian tribe to comment on the amendment. No comments were received.
Documents related to approval
Note: all documents are PDF
- Ecology's Oct. 16, 2023 final approval letter
- City of Nooksack's letter accepting Ecology's changes
- Director of Ecology's August 21, 2023 letter
- Periodic Review Checklist
- Locally-adopted SMP
Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Chad Yunge.