Read a brief piece from the Wenatchee World Editorial Board on the Washington State House of Representatives’ Capital Budget proposal and how it “tinkers” with the allocation formula for funding the WWRC in a negative way.
Excerpt: “Under the House proposal, 15 WWRP land purchases would be cut. That includes grants to fund two Chelan-Douglas Land Trust purchases in the Wenatchee-area. One would ensure continued public access to Castle Rock, one of the most popular hiking trails in town. The other is the Sleepy Hollow Floodplain Protection project, which would prevent 37 acres of floodplain on the Wenatchee River near Sleepy Hollow from being developed into a subdivision. So instead of spec homes on a floodplain, we’d get public access to the river for fishing, floating, and bird-watching.
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition calls the House action “distressing,” and we agree. Our state’s population is surging. We are now up to 7.2 million residents, and all of these people need places to enjoy nature. All of our children need space to run.”
Read the full piece on the Wenatchee World website.