Scoping Summary and Response to Comments

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The Department of Ecology (Ecology) released a Summary of SEPA Scoping and Response to Comments for developing a Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) on Washington’s Pacific Coast. The scoping comment period lasted for 69 days and collected feedback from 45 individuals. Scoping helps define the scope of the project and issues to be analyzed under environmental review. Ecology released this summary document to highlight changes to the scope of the MSP and summarize comments received and responses.

The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is a process that informs agencies, applicants, and the public. Under SEPA, public agencies are required to evaluate the potential significant negative environmental impacts of a proposal prior to decision-making. In this case, SEPA is being used for a non-project evaluation of the development of a Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) for Washington’s Pacific Coast. Under SEPA, ‘non-project’ proposals are plans that are not actual on-the-ground construction or modifications to the environment. The SEPA process was formally initiated by Ecology with the issuance of a Scoping Notice on July 16, 2013 with a comment period through September 23, 2013.

Download the Summary of SEPA Scoping and Response to Comments
Download the individual comment letters

RFP for Sector Analyses

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The Request for Proposals (RFP) on Sector Analyses issued by the Department of Natural Resoruces is now open. The subject and deliverables of the RFP are in the support of the development of the Marine Spatial Plan on Washington’s Coast.

Please review the document and encourage qualified persons or organizations to submit the appropriate materials to the RFP coordinator no later than 2pm on February 28, 2014. The contract will last from March 2014 through August 2015.

Download the Request for Proposals on Sector Analyses.

Public Comment Period Open for Pacific Coast Marine Spatial Plan

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The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment regarding what elements should be covered in a marine spatial plan for the state’s 375 miles of ocean coastline. This includes feedback about the draft goals, objectives, boundaries as well as other scoping issues that should be included under a related environmental impact statement (EIS) for Washington’s Pacific Coast.

The EIS will evaluate the alternatives and potential significant adverse impacts associated with developing the marine spatial plan. The scoping document below provides important background, context, and draft proposed language to assist those wishing to provide comments. We strongly encourage those commenting to review the scoping document prior to preparing and submitting their comments.

Public Comment Scoping Document
SEPA Notice
Optional Comment Card (word)

Submit comments electronically at by 5 pm, September 23, 2013.

Written comments may be mailed to: Department of Ecology, SEA Program, PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Welcome to our new Marine Spatial Planning Portal

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Welcome to our new public website for marine spatial planning in Washington, where you’ll find relevant information on the MSP planning process across the state, including news and updates, meeting notes, upcoming events, and links to other important information. As products are completed, you’ll find new resources and tools to support regional coastal and marine planning. Our decision-support tool will allow users to access and visualize data in interactive map system in an effort to provide stakeholders the opportunity to collaborate and better understand competing uses of the ocean. Our data portal will give planners access to datasets and complete metadata to support marine spatial planning. Several items are under development, so be sure to check for updates throughout the process.