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Title 17E
Chapter 17E.060
Section 17E.060.410

Title 17E Environmental Standards

Chapter 17E.060 Shoreline Regulations

Article V. General Requirements for Shoreline Use and Modifications: Part IV. General Requirements for Shoreline Modifications

Section 17E.060.410 Fill
  1. Definition.

Fill is the addition of soil, sand, rock, gravel, sediment, earth retaining structure, or other material to an area waterward of the ordinary high-water mark, in wetlands, or on shorelands in a manner that raises the elevation or creates dry land.

  1. Fill waterward of the ordinary high-water mark shall:
    1. provide for no net loss of ecological functions;
    1. be located, designed, and constructed to protect shoreline ecological functions and ecosystem-wide processes, including channel migration; and
    1. be allowed only when necessary to support:
      1. water-dependent use;
      1. public access;
      1. cleanup and disposal of contaminated sediments as part of an agency approved environmental clean-up plan;
      1. disposal of dredged material considered suitable under, and conducted in accordance with the dredged material management program of the department of natural resources;
      1. expansion or alteration of transportation facilities of statewide significance currently located on the shoreline and then only upon a demonstration that alternatives to fill are not feasible;
      1. mitigation action;
      1. environmental restoration;
      1. shoreline nourishment or enhancement; and
      1. shoreline stabilization, pursuant to SMC 17E.060.400.
  1. Fill landward of the ordinary high-water mark shall adhere to the following:
    1. Ensure no net loss of ecological functions.
    1. Solid waste, refuse, and debris shall not be placed in the shoreline; and
    1. Stockpile of fill shall be allowed on-site only during the construction phase of the project.

Date Passed: Monday, June 21, 2010

Effective Date: Monday, July 26, 2010

ORD C34605 Section 6