[Tweeters] plea for help

Connie Sidles constancesidles at gmail.com
Fri Oct 8 08:08:04 PDT 2010


Hey tweets, if you're able and willing to send an email in support of
preserving some habitat around Union Bay, please read on.

Waterway 1 is on the east side of Union Bay. It is a historic public
access point to the lakeshore, one of the few left on Union Bay. It's
a good place to view River Otters crunching freshwater mussels, and a
good place to put in kayaks. As the southernmost public access point
of the north shore of Union Bay, it's a good place to scan the waters
for rare waterfowl.

It is being threatened by neighbors encroaching on public lands (the
land is a little park owned by DNR). DNR is under pressure by the
landowners on either side to give up the land and trade it for some
land elsewhere.

A group of locals are trying to get Waterway 1 declared a historic
preservation site. It used to be a Native American summer camp, and it
also served as a public dock for anyone who wanted to put in rowboats,
canoes, etc. During the Alaska-Yukon Exposition, it was the site for
various water taxis.

I like it because it is the watery gateway to Yesler Cove and the
Fill. As such, it is a small remnant of this valuable ecosystem. I
think we should fight to preserve it.

If you're interested in helping with this effort, now is the time.
Comments are being taken until October 14. The person to contact is
Michale Houser of the Dept. of Archaeology and Historic Preservation:

Michael.Houser at DAHP.wa.gov

Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
1063 S. Capitol Way, Suite 106 PO Box 48343
Olympia, Washington 98504-8343
(360) 586-3076, Fax Number (360) 586-3067

For a copy of the draft nomination document, please email me
privately. I would be happy to email it back to you as a pdf. -
Connie, Seattle

constancesidles at gmail.com
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