King County has provided a response to MOCA in regard to a letter that was sent by MOCA to the County regarding the Murray Basin Combined Sewerage Overflow project (See previous article below posted on May 21, 2010). The letter from King County is posted below.
Dear Ms. Barker:
Thank you for taking the time to write and share the views of the Morgan Community Association related to the planning on the Murray Basin Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project. King County Executive Dow Constantine requested that I respond on his behalf.
Community input is certainly an important factor in our decisions related to projects to control CSO events that occur in the Murray Basin and put public health and water quality at risk. Community feedback is being used to add detail to the alternatives and to shape future community outreach efforts. Working with the public will be a priority for the project team as the project continues. King County received extensive feedback and questions from the Murray basin community on proposals presented for CSO control. In response, we have extended our outreach period and formed a community advisory group. A representative of the Morgan Junction Community Association will participate in that group.
During June, we are posting technical information on the website, hosting a June 19 workshop to review the alternatives, providing tours of West Seattle pump stations, and planning additional opportunities for local stakeholders to participate in in-depth discussions of the issues in the Murray Basin.
We want to reiterate that we truly appreciate the value of Lowman Beach Park and recognize its importance to the community. As we have explained in our communications and briefings, these CSO control projects involve building new facilities in densely populated urban areas, so site options that include public parks, streets, and private property all are equally considered. The alternatives under study in the Murray Basin include all of these options, including one located in Lowman Beach Park.
If CSO control elements were to be sited in the park, park restoration would be a key element of design and construction. If the Lowman Beach alternative moves forward, the county would work closely with the community to design and construct the facility below-ground and reconstruct a park above ground that would be enjoyed by the community in the years ahead.
We look forward to continuing work with the Morgan Community Association community as we move forward planning a project to address the CSO problem in Murray.
Thank you for bringing your association’s concerns to my attention.
Wastewater Treatment Division
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks