Northwest NEWS

September 27, 1999

Editorial

The pit stops here, but only with help from the community

   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 tranquility 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 the 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 communities.

   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 website 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 & Joan Carroll, Duvall