WSDOT is re-applying to the City of Seattle for a shoreline permit as part of the SR520 bridge replacement. South Portage Bay was once a pristine urban recreation area.
Join us in requiring WSDOT to honor conditions from the 2012 Shoreline Permit Decision, to provide environmental and recreation access in South Portage Bay, and walkability nearby. WSDOT now plans to reapply for the Shoreline Permit. Since 1962 water runoff from 520 has drained directly into Portage Bay resulting in silt build-up from vehicles that limits public access, and impacts habitat for 85 bird species, and beavers. We ask the City to ensure WSDOT compliance with requirements in the 2012 permit decision to mitigate the impacts of the bridge replacement in South Portage Bay.
Follow this link to sign the petition — https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BKMYYFW
We petition WSDOT to fund past commitments from the 2012 permit, for WSDOT/ SR520 project to create an improved urban waterfront public access experience, with habitat preservation and enhancements. These commitments were made during planning for the Portage Bay bridge replacement and were formulated in response to overwhelming community input and support.
WSDOT’s permit reapplication should include and fund past commitments:
- Create water access points for boaters and walkers
- Expand the shoreline trail system to reconnect Montlake Park/Playfield
- east to the Montlake Cut;
- west to Interlaken Park, transit, businesses, and the new Delmar Lid
- Enhance shoreline habitat planting
- Mitigate past siltation and pollution
If we don’t stand up for the environment and wildlife, who will? Please show your support by adding your name to this petition.
Follow this link to sign the petition