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More Information about Wetland Mitigation Banks

FACTS & QUESTIONS ABOUT Wetland Mitigation Banks as of April 10, 2009 Click here. 

Skagit Valley Herald Article on Hearing on Wetland Mitigation Bank, July 13, 2009 by Ralph Schwartz.

To read FOSC comments opposing the Skagit Environmental Bank proposed by Clear Valley Environmental Farm, LLC, click here.

To read the public comments to Skagit Co. Planning Commission on wetland mitigation banks on May 5, 2009 - Click here. 

REMAND HEARING REPORT-  The hearing held on Sept. 25, 29 & 30, 2009 allowed additional public comments.  FOSC's expert witness, Dr. Christina Bandaragoda testified on geo-hydrology, flooding & geo-morphology;  SEPA and shorelines and how public laws are to protect the environment, not support profiteering at the expense of the citizens.

FoSC’s Appeal of Clear Valley’s Skagit Environmental Bank continued on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 before the County Commissioners.  You may have read that the appeal of the wetland mitigation bank proposed by Clear Valley, LLC was settled with one appellant, SPF.

To read FOSC comments opposing the Skagit Environmental Bank proposed by Clear Valley Environmental Farm, LLC, click here.

The BOCC hearing is a “closed record” hearing, meaning no public comments are permitted.  Plaintiffs and defendants in this appeal are prohibited from contacting Commissioners about the case until a decision is made.

For previous public notices and the proposed Mitigation Banking Instrument click here .

INFO ON THE OTHER WETLAND MITIGATION BANK PROJECT.  Skagit County already has one mitigation bank, on prime agricultural land which was annexed into the City of Mount Vernon and is being developed by Dan Mitzel and Wildlands.  The parcels making up the bank are in the county and in the city.  FOSC sent a request for Reconsideration to the Commissioners on the Nookachamps WMB (Mitzel/Wildlands) click here.  FOSC did not appeal this project because it was permitted piecemeal and it did not present as a wetland mitigation bank until after Mount Vernon had annexed the land and changed the zoning to "public open space".  The developers applied to build a "trail and dike" system on the land, and appears to have avoided shorelines and SEPA review on the project.  Thousands of cubic yards of topsoil and gravel are being removed from the site off of Francis Road.  The project proposes to breach a natural berm inside the Skagit River to fill up the excavated wetlands.

TIMELINE OF FOSC APPEALS OF THE PROPOSED SKAGIT ENVIRONMENTAL BANK.

(coming soon!)

 

   

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