SMP Hearing: Local action to help the Southern Residents – 9/21

Help recover Southern Resident Killer Whales by Protecting San Juan County Shorelines on Friday, September 21st on Lopez. 

Protecting San Juan County’s marine shorelines is among the most important actions we can take to support the recovery of Chinook salmon and Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW).

Join us on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. (at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts) for the continuation of the joint San Juan County Council Public Hearing with the Planning Commission on proposed amendments to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP).


Attend and testify at the hearing on Friday, September 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lopez Center and/or send your comments to the Planning Commission: [email protected] and County Council: [email protected].

San Juan County beaches and nearshore habitats support forage fish that feed Chinook salmon, and Chinook salmon feed SRKWs. The marine shorelines of the San Juans also provide critical habitat for rearing juvenile Chinook salmon from stocks across the Salish Sea. Tell the San Juan County Council and Planning Commission to make the following changes needed to protect shorelines:

  1. Require mitigations to occur within the same watershed as the impact on all County islands where development could occur;
  2. Thoroughly comply with the required changes to the allowance criteria for new or expanded soft shoreline armoring and the definition of soft shoreline armoring; and
  3. Require a regular evaluation of shoreline developments’ cumulative impacts on shoreline conditions, and a process to make corrections as needed, to ensure No Net Loss of the ecological functions that support forage fish, Chinook salmon, and SRKWs.

The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m., please click here for the detailed agenda/order of business.

Click here to see the Friends of the San Juans comment letter.

Click here to see the Growth Board Order.

Thank you for your voice and support!

Friends has done so much to identify those critical beaches where the forage fish are spawning and that is work that I value greatly. Once we know the spawning locations, we can permanently protect those very important beaches.

Debby Clausen and Kim Sundberg

members, San Juan Island