County adopts shoreline rules as Issaquah considers plan

December 1, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 1, 2010

King County leaders emphasized conservation along Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish in the shoreline rules adopted Tuesday.

The latest county Shoreline Master Program includes stretches of Issaquah Creek — from the headwaters on Tiger Mountain to the Issaquah city limits — and then the mouth of the creek in Lake Sammamish State Park.

King County has more than 1,500 miles of rivers, 50 miles of marine shoreline and 100 lakes covered under shoreline rules.

“The Shoreline Master Program protects our remaining natural shorelines in order to preserve the most cherished elements of our natural environment — Puget Sound, our waterways and iconic species, like chinook salmon and orca whales,” County Councilman Larry Phillips, Environment and Transportation Committee chairman, said in a statement.

King County Council members OK’d the program Tuesday afternoon. County Executive Dow Constantine signed the legislation the same day.

“This update establishes the foundation for long-term protection and recovery of Central Puget Sound, and is essential to supporting survival of salmon and orca,” he said in a statement.

Issaquah planners also updated the city Shoreline Master Program. The proposal is headed to the City Council soon for consideration.

The latest city shoreline rules should help planners to determine appropriate creek- and lakeside areas for construction, plus offer more clarity to landowners along Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish.

The city Planning Policy Commission OK’d the updated shoreline plan — the guide to construction along Lake Sammamish, and the main stem and East Fork of Issaquah Creek — Nov. 18.

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