Something fishy at State Fish & Wildlife
October 3, 2008 · Updated 1:39 AM
There is a proposed development in Snoqualmie Valley right
by Snoqualmie Falls. This project is called Falls Crossing. The proposal
is to build 388-450 houses, retail and business buildings on land
adjacent and above the Snoqualmie River (and Kimball Creek).
A State Fish and Wildlife (SFW) habitat biologist for the area sent a
letter addressing the major concerns she had with a development being
placed on this site. She requested to speak to the planning commission directly
at one of their meetings. The city of Snoqualmie staff representative
and attorneys told the planning commissioners that, though they had
made repeated attempts to get someone from SFW, there was no response and so
it could be assumed no interest. This statement was repeated again at
the meeting last night (March 15) when planning commissioners asked the
This statement was a flat-out lie. We have copies of e-mails to the
city staffer from the SFW biologist indicating not only a desire to speak
herself, but a desire to bring other experts with her.
We want to know, what are they trying to hide? There are salmon,
bull trout and many other species at risk here. This development will not
only impact the city of Snoqualmie but all others in the state served by this
Take a look around people; this is happening everywhere. Agencies
are not upholding the laws that they are charged to protect. Why do
citizens have to resort to lawsuits to enforce the rules that we are paying these
agencies to enforce?