Public Input Sought On Miller/Walker Creek Basin Draft Document

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Our friend Dennis Clark, Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward for King County, is asking our Readers to help review a draft document he and Dean Wilson have completed on the aquatic resources of the Miller and Walker Creeks basin.

They’re seeking the public’s input, and have set a deadline of Thursday, April 7th.

Here’s more info from an email we received:

The Highline community has previously helped to figure out how to better monitor the aquatic resources of the Miller and Walker Creeks basin.

In 2009, the Final Monitoring Recommendations were completed, based largely on input from the public and city/agency staff.

Dean Wilson from King County and I have now completed a follow-on document to the Final Monitoring Recommendations.  This follow-on document is the DRAFT Monitoring Sampling and Analysis Plan.

The DRAFT Plan does propose two notable policy changes from the 2009 recommendations:

  • It downgrades the importance of collection of information juvenile fish
  • It upgrades the importance of learning the origins of significant stormwater volumes to Miller Creek

To learn more about the nature and rationale for these changes, please see:

  • The footnotes on pages 3 and 4
  • Section 2.2.1 on page 9
  • Section 3.2 on page 31

Other than the policy change described above, this DRAFT plan is largely technical.  Nonetheless, I wanted to give the many interested citizens and city/agency staff in the basin a chance to look it over, correct any factual errors, identify any ambiguities, and comment on its overall direction.  Note that a few cost figures are missing from page 30; these will be filled in during the review period.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Please send me your comments by close of business, Thursday, April 7.

Dennis Clark

206-296-1909   additional contact information

Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward

Miller/Walker Creeks Basin Stewardship

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