Opinion

People play second fiddle to nature

Cottage Lake Stephen Norton's Oct. 23 letter describing the "open public rebellion (that) prevented the completion of this costly and stupid plan" to convert most of Norm's Resort park on Cottage Lake to protected wetlands was really timely.
    Unfortunately, the wetlands restoration/protection has been resurrected with the Cottage Lake Management Plan which had a hearing Oct. 19. It is proposed to restore the step-across stream, with the restoration to include a 300-foot corridor of wetlands vegetation from the highway to the lake.
    Additionally, 40% of the lakefront will be restored to wetlands vegetation through which it will be difficult to observe children swimming/floating near shore.
    After reading the Oct. 26 county staff report on revising the Lake Wilderness Park master plan because of "unanticipated wetlands," the thought occurs that similar revisions might occur to Norm's master plan, too.
    At Lake Wilderness, to quote: "Development on the shoreline has been scaled down, eliminating diving platforms, picnic floats, and the proposed swimming beach expansion... There will be the loss of approximately 70-90 parking spaces... The swimming beach and lawn basin have changed the most... The swimming area has been reduced... The proposed sand volleyball court and combined food concession/restrooms building have been eliminated."
    It's easy to see that even in public recreational parks, people play second fiddle to nature, despite the fact we have so much more preserved nature than we have people parks.
    And, at Cottage Lake as well as at Lake Wilderness, it is proposed to set up a new taxing mechanism, on top of our annual SWM fees which are scheduled to increase to $102.
    Fortunately, the Lake Management fees, which will be applied to upland ownerships as well as lakefront owners (who under the Plan are to replace their waterfront lawns with a buffer of wetlands vegetation) must be adopted by vote of uplanders as well as shoreliners.
    Wetlands control us all, to a much greater extent than ever dreamed.

Maxine Keesling, Woodinville