Local Park in Danger
Linda Willemarck

Edmonds, WA

#1 Jul 14, 2013

Local Park, including Forested Wetlands, Wildlife Habitat and Watershed Area in Danger

The Light Rail was voted on and passed for Lynnwood and now information has been released on the three alternatives for building that Rail. You should know that one of these choices (C1) would greatly impact Scriber Creek Park (including forested wetlands, wildlife habitat, Scriber Creek Trail access which connects to the Interurban Trail, and is a vital watershed for this area).
Coho Salmon, Wood Ducks, and other threatened and/or endangered species either live in or frequent this area. The documentation that already exists regarding the importance of this specific area is expansive. Below is just a taste of what has been written:

“This property is located in Lynnwood’s Municipal Urban Growth Area and was acquired with Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program funds in 1996 to preserve and protect the wetlands associated with Scriber Creek.”

“Lynnwood has allowed development while also saving some important wetlands, sensitive areas and other open space. Much of the environmentally sensitive land is located along Scriber Creek and its tributaries.”

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for these alternatives will be released later this month and after that the public has a chance to voice their opinions and concerns – comments from the public are only allowed for a short time – 45 days. Already noted is:

“Alternative C1 places a support column for the light rail line within Scriber Creek Park.”“There is potential for impacts to the community, including Scriber Creek Park and/or the Interurban Trail.”

“The City was also concerned about the sites proximity and potential impacts to the Interurban Trail (linear park on the south side) and Scriber Creek (salmonid bearing waterway north of the site) and potential loss of flood storage capacity.“

“This alignment alternative would directly impact Scriber Creek park and multifamily
residences along 200th Street SW”. Cedar Creek Condominiums, a 76 unit complex with long-term residents and property owners would also be acquisitioned and removed.

If you feel that choosing this C1 alternative would NOT be in the best interest of the community, please let the City Council, Parks and Recreation Board, Sound Transit, and as many others as possible know your feelings on this matter. If you'd like to know how to contact these organizations, simply respond to this email and I will forward it to you.

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