FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2012
State Resources Board designates four ‘public place areas’ requested by WDOT for State Route 520’s right-of-way
Technical step assures that new bridge will be in an official harbor area
OLYMPIA – The Board of Natural Resources, acting as the Harbor Line Commission, today approved the designation of four small areas as public places along the proposed route of the new State Route 520 bridge across Lake Washington. The Washington Constitution mandates the establishment of harbor areas to support navigation and commerce. The harbor area was established in 1908 near the University of Washington, before the lake was lowered in 1916. The technical step of establishing the public place sites brings the harbor area up to date with the new bridge’s right-of-way.
Designation of the sites as a public place will have no impacts to the harbor area because adjacent land uses no longer support water-dependent navigation and commerce. Nor will the changes impact recreational water use in the area.
The Board of Natural Resources
The Board of Natural Resources sets policies to guide how the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. More than half of these lands are held in trust to produce income to support public schools and universities, prisons and help support services in several counties.
The Board also serves as the state’s Harbor Line Commission to establish or relocate harbor lines that define the boundaries for commerce and navigation in the state’s navigable waters.
The Board is chaired by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark who is the administrator of DNR.
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