Shoreline Use

Lake Cushman Resort dock

Tacoma Power’s Cushman Hydroelectric Project operates under a license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Managing the use of the Lake Cushman and Lake Kokanee shorelines is part of Tacoma Power’s license for operating the dams at the Cushman Hydroelectric Project on the North Fork of the Skokomish River.

Managing the shorelines includes ensuring waterfront lessees’ structures (docks, buoys, bulkheads, etc.) and uses are permitted in compliance with Tacoma Power’s FERC-approved Shoreline Management Plan.

If you are a lessee with an existing structure (or plan to build one), please take these steps to find out the status of your structure(s) and obtain the appropriate permits:

1. Start by contacting Shoreline and Lands Coordinator Wynnae Wright at (253) 441-4180 to schedule a pre-application site visit.

2. Review the Shoreline Use Specifications and Permitting Guidelines (SUSPG) handbook. It describes the types of structures and uses that Tacoma Power will allow, identifies specific criteria Tacoma Power applies when reviewing applications and provides standards for construction methods and materials for particular shoreline structures.

3. Based on the (SUSPG) handbook guidelines and your pre-application meeting, determine if your proposed structure or use meets Tacoma Power’s requirements. Contact Wynnae if you have questions or need clarification.

4. Determine if your proposed structure or use meets the requirements of and/or requires a permit from:

5. Fill out Tacoma Power’s Shoreline Use Permit application; this includes preparing maps, drawings and photos of your project. (Review plan examples.)

6. Send the signed application and supporting materials to:

Tacoma Public Utilities
Real Property Services
PO Box 11007
Tacoma, WA 98411-1007

Public Meetings

Cushman Shoreline Management Plan Update – Sept. 20, 2019
Cushman Fire Hall | 4 to 6 p.m.
Approximately 75 attendees

Cushman Shoreline Management Plan Update Materials – Dec. 9, 2017

Additional information