The Shoreline Management Program (SMP) regulates all streams with a mean average flow of 20 cubic feet per second, all lakes over 20 acres in size, all marine shorelines, and all associated wetlands and floodways.
The program also has jurisdiction over all surface water and extends landward for 200 feet from the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) of the shoreline. Within these areas, all projects must be consistent with policies and goals of the Whatcom County SMP.
jurisdiction along the Nooksack and Sumas Rivers would be tied to the
physical (geomorphic) floodway rather than the modeled FEMA floodway
Additionally, an analysis of Whatcom County
lakes using high-resolution aerial photography revealed Jorgensen Lake
(26 surface acres) as a shoreline of the state as it exceeds the
state-defined 20-acre threshold for shoreline jurisdiction. Also, based
on a 1996 analysis of stream flow completed by the United States
Geological Survey (USGS) several minor adjustments are proposed to
shoreline jurisdiction along streams in Whatcom County.
Other Agency Jurisdictions
Other Agencies that have jurisdictional control over shorelines may
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Department of Natural Resources
Environmental Protection Agency, and Fish and Wildlife Service