07-03-2003, 09:57 PM
The Dungeness River, in western Washington, is one of the few rivers left in the country that's relatively undamaged. Home to almost every species of northwest Salmon, it suffers mainly from low flow. But changes are coming to the Olympic Peninsula. In the tiny town of Sequim, not 1,400 feet from the River, Wal-Mart is planning to build a new supercenter the size of the Tacoma Dome. Meanwhile, another shopping center - twice as large - is planned across the street. During our arid summers, pollution will build up on 75 acres of impervious parking lots. Come the first winter storm, that toxic material will be washed into stormwater ponds, then released into the ground. The sandy soil of this region is not good at retaining these toxins, so they will end up in the aquifer, which is in hydraulic continuity with the Dungeness River. Go to www.sequimfirst.org for more info. Anything from letters and e-mails to national publicity will help. Thanks!
07-03-2003, 11:34 PM
The Dungeness River has suffered for years from extreme amount of gravel being added to the river with each high water because of all the years of clear cutting on the steep slopes of the upper river and its tributaries. That is why the "gravel traps" are dug out of the river in the area of the game farm. It is also why there are virtually no pools in the river between the game farm and the Grey Wolf River.
The amount of gravel that finds it way into the river after high rain events chokes the eggs in redds, and is one of the major reasons that the chinook population crashed in the 1980's. The gravel recruitment also makes it difficult for fish to ascend the river at summer/fall flows since the river channel gets so shallow in what should be riffle area. It is also the major reason behind the increase in flooding on the lower river because the river bed has had its elevation raised from the gravel that moved downstream.
There are many problems in the Dungeness drainage, not just the possiblity of a Wal-Mart or shopping center. Also, I thought the Wal-Mart and shopping center were to be located near the Costco, and that is quite a ways from the river.
07-04-2003, 08:55 AM
The problems you mentioned with the river is precisely why the river can't handle any more stress and needs protecting.
The Sequim Village Marketplace proposal includes a Home Depot and Albertsonís on 42 acres along West Washington Street and River Road at the west end of Sequim. A Wal-Mart is being proposed across Washington Street from this project. Go to www.sequimfirst.org to get the full story and to see what you can do.
Also, go to http://www.sequimgazette.com/ and vote on the informal survey the paper is taking.
We are currently trying to get national publicity with Nat. Geo. and NPR. If anyone that can help with this, please contact www.sequimfirst.org
We need help so pass this around. Thanks
07-07-2003, 06:11 PM
If your interested write me up a detailed article describing the situation with links, phone numbers, email address, etc. for people who want to help and I will post the article on our website.