(LA CONNER)- The state Ecology Department is seeking public comment on La Conner’s proposed shoreline master program. It will guide future development along the town’s two miles of marine shoreline. The public comment period closes on December 16, 2013. More than 200 local governments statewide are updating their shoreline programs. The programs are cornerstones of Washington’s Shoreline Management Act, approved by voters in 1972 to help protect shore areas and water quality, and manage shoreline development.