ABOUT

STATEMENT OF GOALS & CONCERNS REGARDING CONCRETE NOR’WEST GRAVEL MINE

We are a group of your neighbors who are concerned about potential negative impacts on the health, safety, natural environment, quality of life, and property values by Concrete Nor’west’s proposed gravel mine in Skagit County north of Grip Road near Sedro-Woolley. The core members of this community group are:

  • Brian Bowser, Parsons Creek Rd
  • John Day & Martha Bray, near Bridgewater Rd
  • Wallace Groda, near Grip Rd.
  • Larry & Josie Hedgpeth, Brookings Rd
  • Jedidiah Holmes, Delvin Hill Rd.
  • Kathy & Robert Reim, Upper Samish Rd.
  • Jim Wiggins & Abbe Rolnick, Grip Rd
  • Linda Walsh, Prairie Rd

This is a statement of our intent. Please contact us with questions or for additional information.

We are:

  • respectful of property rights and will proceed in good faith to seek an outcome that ensures community interests are fully addressed.
  • dedicated to ensuring all components of the permitting process by all relevant agencies have been properly conducted by law and best practice.
  • determined that as citizens we have been properly informed nor been denied opportunities to comment or appeal as needed for concerns to be adequately addressed.
  • adamant that potential negative impacts from this proposal are identified and mitigated by the Applicant or in conditions places by those agencies called to protect the residents & visitors to our community and keep us and our families safe.

Our actions as a community group to date:

  • For nearly 3 years CSVN has been working to try to get the County to follow the rules. 
  • We have met with County staff and the County Commissioners and been in contact with State regulators and tribal representatives.
  • We have reviewed and analyzed reams of application documents to try to understand the proposal and identify concerns, inconsistencies, gaps and errors.
  • We have written many detailed comment letters regarding our concerns about the flawed process and the problems with the application materials.
  • We have organized 2 large community meetings, and a summer picnic / fundraiser.
  • We have tracked the status of the application for all of this time, periodically contacting County staff to remind them that we are still here and asking them for updates. 
  • We have established a website, a Facebook presence, and an email contact list, and send out updates to the community as there are new developments.
  • We have organized the community to comment on the proposal – hundreds of comments from members of the public have been submitted to the County.
  • We have engaged legal assistance, first with the help of an anonymous donor, more recently with funds donated by the community.  The first attorney was hired and paid for by an anonymous donor. Neither the donor, nor the attorney, expected things to drag out so long, and eventually the donor just didn’t feel that the expense was worth it.
  • We feel the new attorney is a much better fit than the first. He is giving us a “public benefit” discount, but the cost still adds up quickly, so we must use his expertise sparingly because we have very limited funds. 
  • The core group of CSVN — 11 people — have signed on as “co-clients” with the current attorney, but we consider ourselves representatives of the community and are doing our best to be its voice.
  • We have twice attempted to intervene before the Hearing Examiner, in CNW’s appeal of the County’s Denial of the Application, in support of the County’s denial of the application.  Both times our motion was denied, but succeeded in the sense that we got our concerns before the Hearing Examiner.