August 28, 2008 · Updated 1:25 PM
I just sent this letter to the city of Marysville. I think the public has a right to know what they are up to.
This letter is in regards to the Tulalip Tribes notice of application requesting approval of a shoreline substantial development permit to restore and realign Jones and Allen Creeks within project boundaries to pre-1949 conditions. I live on 57th Drive NE. The back of my home faces the west overlooking the flatland area between I-5 and Sunnyside Boulevard. My concern is this area floods from October to late May to June. During that time, there is a great diverse of wildlife that makes that their home because of the flooding. During the winter, it is common to see from 200 to 400 ducks at any given time. More, at night. Along with the ducks, Swallows, Blue Heron, Bald Eagles, Geese and thousands of frogs, just to name a few, are using that area to stage and/or hunt.
I understand the Tribes concern to increase the habitat for Salmon, but now there is a new eco-system that is using and living in this area. What happens to these displaced animals? What I think would be a fair thing to do is have an independent biologist come in and do a study on the current wildlife during the months of November, December and January.
Douglas W. Wiese