Opinion

Have your quarry concerns heard

We have been actively opposing the Duvall Quarry for over a year

and now is the time we need your help the most.

King County will ultimately be responsible for making the decision

of whether to accept or deny the permit application for this quarry. The

next step in their process is to conduct an environmental impact study.

This starts with a SEPA Scoping Hearing, which is tentatively to be

held at Cherry Valley Elementary on March 27 at 7 p.m. This is the chance we

have all been waiting for, a chance to be formally heard by King County

regarding our concerns and objections.

Residents of the area who object to having McCauley Falls turned

into a culvert under a rock quarry, to having a beautiful and ecologically

fragile area forever destroyed, plus an invasion of even more gravel trucks

will soon have a never-to-be-repeated opportunity to have their voices heard.

King County has hired Huckell/Weinman, a third-party

environmental consulting firm, to perform an impartial study of the impacts of this

proposal. We must let them know exactly which impacts require scientific

study. The county will then use this study to make a decision about the proposal.

This hearing is not the same thing as the program the applicant

Joe Jackels is holding a week earlier to try to convince us that we can accept

the quarry. His last minute meeting prior to the scoping hearing has zero

impact on the administrative and legal course of events for King County's

decision- making process.

The SEPA Scoping is the single most important event you can

attend to help stop the quarry! For more information contact Friends of

Cherry Valley at (425) 788-5857 or www.cherry-valley.net.

Helen Lashway,

Clarise Mahler

Friends of Cherry Valley

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