By The Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Council
A Town Hall Meeting regarding the Settlement Agreement with CalPortland, Washington State Department of Ecology and the Environmental Caucus will be held on Thursday, June 30 at 6 pm in the Council Chambers at the City of DuPont building at 1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327.
Town Hall Meeting Announcement
DuPont will hold a Town Hall meeting at 6:00 PM, June 30, 2011, at DuPont City Hall. CalPortland, the Environmental Caucus and Washington State Department of Ecology will present a settlement agreement that will begin the planning process to help restore Sequalitchew Creek and Edmond Marsh while allowing CalPortland to submit a new mining proposal subject to additional environmental review, public comment, and local, state, and federal permit requirements.
The town hall meeting will be video recorded and available for viewing on the City website and Cable Channel 22.
Why is this meeting being held? It’s about the gravel mine in our community and if it should expand into the north and south parcel, eventually increasing to 700 acres in size.
To settle a lawsuit, a legal agreement was signed in 1994 by the city, the mine owners, and citizen groups. The 1994 Settlement Agreement includes a “100 year” protection for our watershed.
The proposed mine expansion to the south parcel violates this. Despite this, CalPortland filed permit requests that violated this agreement and city codes. It was only after citizens objected that the process was put on hold. CalPortland’s initial proposal would have taken down part of the Sequalitchew Creek canyon wall.
Now is the time DuPont City Council will consider suggestions coming from a work group that was formed in response to CalPortland’s actions. CalPortland’s goal in this process is to find a way to mine the south parcel.
So how should we respond?
* Ask the city to hold a public hearing and offer a 60 day public comment period on the draft agreement. And, ask them to withhold any signature by your City of DuPont until the public has had the opportunity to fully evaluate the details of the proposed agreement.
* Let them know that you expect the city to represent the community’s interest in protecting the area’s environmental and water resource values.
Your City Councilmembers can be reached by email or by phone; see their contact information, below. If you prefer to mail a hard copy letter, send it to:
1700 Civic Drive, DuPont, Wa 98327.
Tamara Jenkins – Mayor
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The Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Council was originally formed in 1995; we have diligently worked to protect Sequalitchew Creek and Edmond Marsh.
But, we can’t do it alone.
We need you to help us protect our community by using your voice… and we need you to come in off the sidelines and join us in protecting our community and home values.
Please share this message with friends.
Together, we can and will protect the Sequalitchew Creek Watershed.