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TRAILS vs HABITAT
The City faces a dilemma.
Should the habitat
of Thornton Creek and its tributaries be protected and enhanced... or
should trails be built for people? Do trails and habitat really mix?
Much of the land along the creek is flat wetlands and habitat to mammals,
insects, reptiles and plants. Some of the land along the creek bank
is steep and unstable. Slides may result.... damaging both upland property
and the creek. Trees and brush shade the creek to cool the water and
drop insects to feed the fish. People drop trash.
Meanwhile, Seattle Public Utilities has invested at least three years
and a great deal of money to develop a plan
for the Thornton Creek watershed, to preserve the natural habitat necessary
in order to encourage the return of salmon. At the same time, there
are also those in the City (Parks
Dept.) who would like increased public access along the creek. Each
camp has its proponents. Indeed, the City has a dilemma.
Yet for generations now, creekside owners at their own choice (and their
own expense) have been quietly preserving the creek and its habitat.
OWNERS' SURVEY BEGUN
The Creekside Owners
Protective Association has begun circulating a survey to hear creekside
owners own thoughts about their segments of creek. Creekside owners
tend to stay putan average of 20+ years. Here is how some feel:
"You can hear it with our windows open, there is a heron that some-times
visits and an occasional raccoon. To have a creek running through one's
property is a special joy understood only by those who share it."
'Beaten Path'....Native trees, shrubs and plants...Hearing the waters...seeing
"We purchased this home because of the creek. It offers a slice
of calm after a busy day. We are interested in preserving our section
of the creek and the habitat it provides."
STREET END EXPERIENCES
The City Parks
Department has aggressively purchased land in Thornton Creek ravines,
with little thought (nor funds) for future maintenance. The result today?
At one street end access point (NE
17th at NE 98th Street), residents are upset.
One resident estimates that foot traffic has gone from 2-3 visitors
per weekend day to about 40. Vegetation is trampled, trees cut down
and people loiter at the entrance to the woods, hanging out with beer
and loud music. Break-ins, garbage and lawn damage have become common-place.
WHO "OWNS"THE CREEK?
The water is considered "waters of the State", but the underlying
land (the creek-bed and the banks) is owned by the adjoining property
owner. When individuals.... as well as City employees.... walk in the
creek, they are walking on private property (and someone's yard).
riparian owners will be the focus of new laws and the spending of millions
of dollars. We will need a strong unified voice to insure that our
interests do not get overlooked, dismissed, or run over. Whether as a
creekside property owner or as a concerned neighbor, your support is needed.
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