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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Say No to Dam Building and New Water Rights in the Alpine Lakes - March 30th at the Phinney Center in Seattle

Come show your support for Wilderness values!

PLEASE ATTEND an environmental scoping meeting for water projects affecting the
Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Avenue N, Seattle 98103 (just west of Green Lake)

Two government agencies (State Department of Ecology and Chelan County) are now evaluating 
whether to build dams, manipulate water levels, and issue water rights for several lakes in the Alpine  Lakes Wilderness. Their goal is to extract more water for “new home construction” (a.k.a. suburban 
development) in the City of Leavenworth and elsewhere in the Wenatchee Valley.

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness needs YOU!  This is serious business:  the proposed plan would cost an estimated $65 million, and the state Legislature has allocated $3 million for preliminary analysis.
The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a wild area many people use and care about.  But the project proponents appear oblivious to the presence of wilderness issues, and they would rename the Alpine Lakes as “reservoirs”.  

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, which must also prepare an 
environmental analysis to ensure protection of wilderness values.  Although this federal process has not started, the Forest Service will closely monitor public input at the Ecology/Chelan County meetings.  

There are three opportunities to tell the agencies that the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a shared natural 
resource that must be respected and protected.  
 The Seattle public meeting on March 30, 7 PM, at Phinney Center (see info above).
 A Leavenworth public meeting on April 20, 2016, 4-8 PM, at Leavenworth Fire Hall.
 A public comment deadline of May 11, 2016.  Comments go to mike.kaputa@co.chelan.wa.us  
More information, including environmental documents, can be found on the agency websites: 
http://www.co.chelan.wa.us/natural-resources/pages/icicle-work-group
http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/cwp/icicle.html
For critical analysis, see the NAIADS blog:  https://naiads.wordpress.com/

Get involved in protecting your Wilderness!  Contact Alpine Lakes Protection Society (ALPS) at:

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