Water

King County Dumps the “Turd Tax” after Overwhelming Rejection by Angry Citizens!

After experiencing standing room only crowds at every previous hearing on this subject, King County wisely changed venues to the Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church just outside Fall City.  Despite being one of the largest venues in the area, overflow crowds packed the church with at least 500 people in the main room, a packed balcony, a filled hallway, and people crowding into every place they could fit.  Speakers were turned on in the lobby so that those unable to enter the main room could still listen.

Be There or Be Taxed! Come to Fall City to Speak Out on Septic System "Fees"

Make sure you attend this last meeting so King County officials can hear what you think about being blamed for pollution with your septic system.  We all know septic systems are far superior to the municipal combined sewer storm water overflows that so often pollute the Puget Sound.

Jefferson County Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) Challenge

The Jefferson County Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) imposes one-size fits all requirements (including 150 foot buffers and the onerous permitting restrictions) that will harm shoreline property owners, property valuations, and county tax revenue from these properties. In February, CAPR filed opening briefs in the Court of Appeals, having moved to appeal from the Growth Management Hearings Board review. The next major activity in this precedential case will occur when the response briefs of Jefferson County and the Department of Ecology are filed.

Skagit CAPR Chapter Water Rights Forum #2

The Skagit CAPR Chapter sponsored a second water rights forum on Wednesday evening, September 17th at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mt Vernon.  This one was billed as a 'Legislative Town Hall" and legislators from the 10th, 39th and 40th Districts were invited.  Local elected officials were also invited as were candidates for legislative and local offices.  Glen Morgan from the Freedom Foundation was the moderator.   The goal of the event was to educate the law makers with the water situation in Skagit County in light of last fall's Swinomish v. Dept of Ecology decision, and then suggest possible solutions for the problem that threatens 500 land owners with loss of use of their wells and prevents access to water on more than 5500 undeveloped properties.  Zach Barborinas from Just Water Alliance and Skagit CAPR Chapter member Mike Newman briefed the history, science and politics behind last year's Washington State Supreme Court decision.

Why CAPR is Fighting the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area

Maritime Washington National Heritage Act would create a Heritage Area of the entire coastline of Washington State. The unelected National Park Service and an unelected quasi-governmental Private Trust Organization would be in charge of administering and distributing tax-payer and private monies in the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area.  Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights is fighting this Heritage Area.  Individual Property Owners expect the right to self-determination through elected and accountable representatives. National Heritage Areas are mapped regions which include thousands of private properties within the borders of a Heritage Area.

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