I encourage the DuPont City Council to vote yes for the new 2011 settlement agreement for DuPont Mine & Sequalitchew Creek Watershed Restoration. The issue has been thoroughly studied, reviewed, discussed and debated. It’s time for the council to make a decision.
The participants in the settlement negotiations, which include the Department of Ecology, Nisqually Delta Association, CalPortland, People for Puget Sound, Anderson Island Quality of Life Committee, Washington Environmental Council and area Audubon Societies, have worked together to produce a thoroughly vetted plan based on the best scientific and environmental information available.
Some of the goals the agreement provides for are: Funding for developing a plan to restore flows from Sequalitchew Lake on Joint Base Lewis-McChord through Edmunds Marsh and into Sequalitchew Creek; permanent protection of 45 acres of open space, including a mile of Puget Sound shorelands; and continued access to mineral lands, ensuring a vital source of high-grade building materials needed for the region’s economic recovery and to regain lost jobs.
Those who reject this agreement as selling out to “corporate interests” have only to look at DuPont’s roots, from the Hudson Bay Company’s Fort Nisqually Trading Settlement to the DuPont Powderworks Plant & Company Town to Weyerhaeuser’s planned community, Northwest Landing. The homes we live in, the amenities we enjoy and the history we celebrate are the legacies left by corporations.
I encourage the City Council to sign this agreement and allow the stakeholders to work together to begin restoring the creek.