March 6, 2000
Letter to the community of Duvall concerning the proposed quarry
This is a letter to the citizens of the Duvall area concerning the proposed Duvall Rock Quarry located on Highway 203 in King County.
Ed Hayes purchased the property in 1963. He purchased the property based upon the assurance that it had a "proposed mining" zoning designation. His lifelong dream was to have a quarry on this property. Over the years, Ed communicated his intentions to have a quarry to many of the neighbors in the area. Ed's plan was not a secret.
We are proposing to quarry 82 acres of the 93 acres purchased by Ed Hayes. Environmental impact assessments have been completed on wells, noise, wildlife, wetlands, air quality, fish, surface water, and traffic. The studies to date indicate that impacts are acceptable or mitigatable to an acceptable impact based on existing ordinances, state and county statutes, and objective science. This does not mean the neighborhood will be subject to moderate impacts.
Local quarries are a necessary part of our society. We need rock for homes, roads, schools, flood control, and erosion prevention. It is our intention to make this a neighborhood-friendly quarry as based on the specifications presented by Citizens of Tualco Valley in their opposition to Cadman.
As we have modified our plans, we have reduced potential adverse significant impacts to moderate impacts from this quarry operation. We are very interested in hearing the concerns and suggested changes our neighbors would like us to consider in our proposed plan. (No quarry is, of course, not under consideration.)
There have been many rumors and misconceptions about our plans for the quarry project. Contrary to what has been said, written and published:
We will not be creating a new market or use for rocks. Only you, the public, create the demand for rocks. Some people have suggested importing rock from outlying areas or other jurisdictions. Here are some of the impacts that would create:
- The stream is not going to be eliminated. It will be left where it is for 10 to 20 years while an additional 2,600 feet of habitable waters for fish and wildlife is constructed. The future re-alignment will open a real dramatic visual corridor of the falls.
- The stream is not going to be directed into a cement culvert.
- This is not going to make Cadman look like small potatoes; this site is 1/4 the size of that site and will not have concrete plants, washing plants, or asphalt plants. This quarry will only crush and screen the Andesite rock.
- Blasting will sound more like thumps and not like bombs going off.
- Blasting will occur only four times a month on the average.
- We have not ignored the potential traffic impacts on the community. We hired one of the region's highly-respected traffic constultants to perform an in-depth analysis. We are committed to paying our proportionate share of transportation improvemtns costs that are reasonably related to the traffic impacts of the development.
- Traffic studies show we will not change the level of service at any intersection. The existing level of service of the Woodinville-Duvall intersection is currently at the most restrictive level during peak hours. Even at a rate of 1.5 million tons per year, this quarry's traffic would only be 1.1 percent of that afternoon/evening peak hour traffic.
- A significant portion of the truck traffic generated by this quarry will be replacing existing truck traffic coming from other quarries.
- There is no potential aquifer disaster that would result from this quarry project. Ground water is moving through fractures in old lava rock and not a confined aquifer in glacial outwash gravels, as in the case in the Cadman Gravel Pit.
- Cherry Valley and Mountain View roads will not be used to transport product (rock) at any time during the life of the project. There will only be periodic movement of equipment to the topside that will probably never be encountered by most residents along that route.
- The mining plan provides a two-hundred-foot screen to quarry operations, and the aggressive reclamation plan will camouflage the backwall of the quarry from overwhelming obtrusive views.
To hear more detail or ask questions of consultants, King County personnel, or us, please attend our public meeting being held at the Cherry Valley Elementary School gym on Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. We can also be reached at 425-503-1132, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Higher costs for road, bridge, and utility construction;
- Higher costs for schools;
- Higher costs for homes and commercial development;
- Higher levels of air contamination;
- Higher road wear and tear, and greater traffic congestion; and
- Much higher taxes due to the increased cost of public construction projects.
Joe Jackels, Duvall Quarry, LLC