Northwest NEWS

April 24, 2000

Editorial

Residents must fight to save our incredible valley

   Just what the Snoqualmie Valley needs--clear-cut, 200 suburban mansions, 1,000 more car trips a day, more flooding, and a ruined salmon stream. That's what "Treemont" will do to the headwaters of Patterson Creek.

   A gigantic logging conglomerate, innocently named Port Blakely Communities, is asking King County to approve this travesty, and it's up to us to stop it. This battle isn't about property rights. It's about loopholes in the state law that allow projects to "vest," regardless of new circumstances.

   It's about King County's willingness to issue questionable variances to allow big companies to skirt the law. It's about developers who make false statements on applications. It's about regulations that are supposed to protect our waters, but which are full of exemptions and lack of enforcement. It's about Environmental Impact Statements that omit critical issues so that projects get the green light.

   Our neighbors are standing up against the Treemont Development because it's the right thing to do. We all have jobs and families that keep us busy, but we know that we must fight to defend our incredible Valley.

   Call Carol (425-222-4734) or Bob (425-222-6311) and we'll do our best to keep you informed. Call the King County Council at 206-296-1000 and tell them to vote "no" on Treemont.

Carol Chittum, Fall City