Eastside Audubon Takes Aim at Power Plan
A plan for new high-capacity power lines on the Eastside and proposals to increase power boat access to Marymoor Park are among current targets of action by the Eastside Audubon Conservation Committee.
Chair Pete Marshall reports that a forthcoming letter from EAS will argue that a proposed 18 miles of transmission towers and wires between Redmond and Renton are incompatible with habitat and trails.
The letter will go to the Bellevue city council, lead agency for an environmental impact study of Puget Sound Energy’s Energize Eastside project.
Concerns about PSE’s public process and the project’s relationship to the grid also will be noted, Pete said.
Safeguarding the Slough at Marymoor
In response to Lake Sammamish homeowners’ proposals that a flood management project at Marymoor also improve power boat access to the Sammamish River, the Conservation Committee is preparing to submit a formal statement of opposition to King County.
As the county plans the Willowmoor Floodplain Restoration Project, EAS representatives on a county-convened stakeholders committee are urging that the design protect the Audubon BirdLoop at Marymoor Park and nearby habitat.
Photo: Lazuli Bunting near the floodplain, by Ollie Oliver
Critical of Coal and Oil
While continuing to oppose new coal transport infrastructure, the committee also has begun to challenge the expansion of oil shipping and storage along the Columbia River and on Puget Sound, Pete said.
EAS continues to file comments on environmental impacts from building or expanding railway capacity and terminals for fossil fuels, most recently focusing on projects at Grays Harbor and Ferndale.