Looming on the horizon is a major invasion of our rural way of life
in Snoqualmie Valley. The proposed Duvall Rock Quarry two miles
north of Duvall will permanently disrupt the tranquillity of Cherry Valley. It
will drastically increase rock-laden truck traffic onto SR 203, through the
city of Duvall, and onto the Woodinville-Duvall Road, and endanger fish
and wildlife habitats.
A common-cause, non-profit organization, Friends of Cherry Valley,
has organized to oppose this outrageous proposal. They have filed a
lawsuit against King County, contending that zoning for the quarry was
obtained without required environmental studies or public notification. They
have gained the attention of King County Executive Ron Sims and have
written to various legislators, questioning the wisdom of placing a polluting
industrial operation in the middle of pristine farmland and residential
With each meeting of this organization, an increasing number of
the greater Cherry Valley community has voiced outrage at the many
environmental impacts of this proposal. Major issues include the 544 truck
trips per day at full operation onto SR 203, the disruption and pollution
of Hanstead and Cherry Creeks, both vital to the threatened chinook
salmon, and the effect of increased noise, dust, and use of high explosives within
a mile of Cherry Valley Elementary School. All of these issues
threaten King County’s promise to protect our rural legacy.
Recent efforts by Novelty Neighbors to overturn the Alberg gravel
pit proposal south of Duvall have been successful, demonstrating that a
community of citizens, working together, can make a difference in
preserving our beautiful Valley.
But even with this success, we have become aware of yet
another mine proposal within a mile of the Duvall Rock Quarry in
Snohomish County. Without citizen efforts, we could have an industrial
moonscape stretching from Monroe to North Bend.
Friends of Cherry Valley will be meeting next on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
at Cherry Gardens Community Club. They need the support of everyone
in this fight.
To find out more about how you can help, contact Friends of
Cherry Valley at (425) 788-5857 or visit their Web site at www.cherry-valley.net.
This ill-conceived mine proposal came to life without public
involvement but will only go away with help from the entire community.
JIM AND JOAN CARROLL