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What the Falls Crossing EIS says
During the debate over the extension of the Falls Crossing public
hearing period, Puget Western attorney and spokesman Tom Pors
regularly stated that the issues of cultural resources and wildlife habitat had
been adequately addressed in the Falls Crossing Mixed Use Final Plan
Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS.
Threatened, endangered and priority species are covered on page
III-11 of the Final EIS, which states, in part, "The presence of pileated
woodpeckers indicates the likelihood of nesting activity on the site; nests
are protected from mid-March to mid-July."
Historic and cultural resource issues are addressed on page III-21,
stating in part, "The historic record does not indicate the presence of
permanent Indian settlement above Snoqualmie Falls, although it is probable
that the Snoqualmies used the general area (including the Falls Crossing
site) for hunting and gathering. Unknown resources of cultural significance
could be discovered during construction."
Pors also mentioned three procedures listed in the City of
Snoqualmie Planning and Parks Department Staff Report, page 127, which
identify proper treatment of historical and cultural resources. Two pertain to
"The Snoqualmie Tribe shall receive notice of clearing and
grading permit applications, and shall be given a reasonable opportunity to
survey and identify historic burial grounds or other sites that are likely to
contain artifacts of significant value to the Tribe.
"If tribal sites or artifacts are discovered during construction, the
Applicant shall immediately stop construction in the affected area, shall
flag the area with construction tape or other identifying markers, shall
immediately inform the Snoqualmie Tribe and City of its discovery, and shall
otherwise comply with the requirements of RCW 27.53."
Section 53 of Chapter 27 of the Revised Code of Washington
(RCW) addresses archeological sites and resources and covers site
disturbances, field investigations and a large number of other subjects. It is available
for review on the City of Snoqualmie Web page under "city links,"
According to Puget Western, these built-in protective and
procedural agreements adequately address the issues of habitat for the pileated
woodpecker and Snoqualmie tribal sites in the Falls Crossing development.
Therefore, there is no need for "studies on top of studies," as described by Pors.
Opponents of the project, however, continue to disagree.