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DUPONT: Oppose gravel mine expansion

Letter by Beth Elliott, Judy Handy, DuPont on Oct. 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm | 4 Comments »
October 7, 2011 1:17 pm

On Tuesday, the DuPont City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. and vote on a very important issue that will have a negative impact on our watershed and environment. As citizens of DuPont, we urge other citizens to come and speak out against the proposed CalPortland Co.’s south parcel gravel mine expansion that would drain 6.5 million gallons of water a day and deplete our aquifer. (TNT, 10-6).

Clean, unpolluted water is one of the greatest natural resources we are blessed with in any community. It should be protected and preserved for future generations.

One only needs to open a newspaper today to read about water issues: fights over water rights in Eastern Washington, lack of water needed for housing developments in Yelm and most recently an article about a depleted aquifer causing significant damage to buildings as the ground sinks beneath them in Mexico.

We have the opportunity as a city to learn from history’s lessons. We cannot take our gift of ample water in this state for granted. This issue is about responsible use of water. Please come to the public hearing at City Hall to voice opposition to this mine expansion that would dewater our aquifer. Other gravel in DuPont is available that would not impact our water supply.

As Ben Franklin said, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”


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