The Washington State Public Access Program: Finding Solutions to the Shortcomings

by James W. Scott, Washington Dep of Ecology, Olympia, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


This paper discusses the problems of providing adequate public access and focuses on many of the solutions which have been found and implemented in Washington State. In 1983, the Shorelands program of the Department of Ecology evaluated 12 years experience under State Shoreline and Federal Coastal Zone management. It was determined that despite legislative priorities shoreline public access had only modestly increased. Almost all the measurable increases were from outright acquisition and development of sites by public agencies, not from conditioning shoreline development permits. As a result of the evaluation study, the Department of Ecology placed emphasis on public access.

Subject Headings: Public opinion and participation | Ecosystems | Shoreline protection | Coastal management | Permits | Federal government | Legislation | Coastal engineering | Washington | United States

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