May 21, 2012 |

State Committee on Geographic Names tables Soap Lake name change request

OLYMPIA – At its regular semi-annual meeting today, the Washington State Committee on Geographic Names tabled a proposal to change the name of Soap Lake in Grant County to Smokiam Lake. The panel also turned down a proposal to change of the name of Ebey Slough in Snohomish County to Ebey Estuary. The committee approved several proposed name changes for Washington State geographic features, including the Suquamish Tribe’s request to change the spelling for Squamish Harbor to Suquamish Harbor.

The approved name changes next go before the Board of Natural Resources (acting as the Washington State Board on Geographic Names) for a final decision at one of its regular public meetings.

Approved proposals

The Committee approved advancing the following name change proposals to the Board of Natural Resources for a final decision:

Clark County: A proposal to make official the name of Mill Pond, located north of the City of Camas in Round Lake County Park.

Jefferson County: A proposal by the Suquamish Tribe to change the spelling of Squamish Harbor to Suquamish Harbor.

Skagit County: A proposal to change the name of Mount Washington located 7 miles north of Arlington to Bryant Hill.

Snohomish County: A proposal to officially designate an unnamed five-mile-long ridge located 2 miles east of the community of Jordan as Jordan Ridge.

Snohomish County: A proposal to designate an unnamed creek located north of the City of Snohomish as Reflection Creek.

Snohomish County: A proposal to change the name of Blue Mountain (one of two summits in Snohomish County with that name) located 5 miles north of Sultan to Sultan Ridge.

Whatcom County: A proposal to designate an unnamed 1.2-mile-long tributary of Beaver Creek southeast of Bellingham as Rufus Creek

Denied proposal

The Committee denied a advancing to the Board of Natural Resources a proposal to change the name of Ebey Slough in Snohomish County to Ebey Estuary.

Deferred proposals

The Committee voted to defer decisions on the following name change proposals:

Grant County: A proposal to change the name of Soap Lake to Lake Smokiam.

Snohomish County: A proposal to officially designate an unnamed 300-foot-long stream 6 miles southwest of the City of Monroe as Wayback Brook.

Web links

A brief summary of each proposal, its location and other information are on the DNR website at:

http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/HowTo/Government/Pages/bc_geog_how_to_current_proposals.aspx

Washington State Committee on Geographic Names

The seven-member committee advises the State Board on Geographic Names, which is authorized by state law to establish the official names for the lakes, mountains, streams, places, towns, and other geographic features. The committee, which meets at least twice a year, is chaired by a representative of Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. In addition to three members from the general public appointed by Goldmark, the committee includes representatives of Washington State tribes, the State Librarian, and the Director of the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

Names approved by the Committee are forwarded to the Board of Natural Resources (acting as the Washington State Board on Geographic Names) for final decision. Names approved by the Board are published in the Washington Administrative Code and forwarded to the United States Board on Geographic Names for federal consideration along with the State’s recommendations.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, conservation, agricultural, and aquatic lands. DNR is administered by Peter Goldmark, who is the 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889.

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