“Minor Critical Area Permit” / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

whatcom hawkYesterday at 3:18pm November 9, 2015  Wendy Harris

There is still no one signed up for the CAO hearing. This is our environment. It matters.

And the city is not protecting it. And even worse, it is taking action that will reduce the protections that exist.

I have tried to stay away from being too technical, but this is where the heart of the real damage lies.

A new provision for “minor critical area permit” takes certain activities and gives them a substantially lower standard of review and requirement. What are these minor activities? All the FREAKING road work the city is doing.. things like San Juan Boulevard, or all civic works projects. The use of herbicides in critical areas (yes, this means they can spray roundup in the Lake and all over the city.) And construction of trails, like our favorite concrete stairway to rare pocket beach at G street.

These are some of the very worst impacts to critical areas, but the city has simply designated them as “minor” without use of best available science, and them provided with little protection, and it has done so in a way that makes the code more complex and confusing and difficult to follow.

And this was primarily done to give the city a free hand to do whatever type of damage that it wanted to public lands. It is wrong and we need people to speak up against this.

Read Wendy’s post on the Whatcom Hawk Facebook page here.

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