In January, 2007, this writer found himself along 103rd Ave. in Yelm taking pictures of the high groundwater areas
surrounding the Wal-Mart construction site from the backside, doing research for a story about flooding and high groundwater hazards in Yelm, and in particular the shutdown of Yelm’s well # 1 due to contamination, which draws its water just downstream from the aquifer beneath the Wal-Mart site.
I presented the Wal-Mart site flooding as an issue to both the Yelm Planning Commission and the Yelm City Council in 2006 and will do so again in 2007 during the Comprehensive Plan Update sessions.
That research was printed as a Letter to the Editor in the local Nisqually Valley News (NVN) on Feb. 2nd (subscriber access only).
Just after that January photography date, a story appeared on Linda Moulton Howe’s Earthfiles site about UFO’s spotted over Yelm’s Wal-Mart construction site by Wal-Mart construction employees [see https://yelmcommunity.org/ then scroll to February 15, 2007]. Coincidentally, Ms. Howe has been in Yelm in the past as a speaker during the early 1990’s at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, presenting her findings in her then-published book “A Strange Harvest” which explored the worldwide animal mutilation mystery which has haunted the United States and other countries from the mid-20th century to date.”
Now that we’re just weeks away from a Wal-Mart opening here & during the January photo session, I paused to contemplate several things about this site:
A. What about the high ground-water flooding issue?
During the rainy season in subsequent years, the 750 vehicles that Wal-Mart states will traffic through its parking lots will add oil drippings runoff that will infiltrate into the aquifer. This year, there was no vehicular runoff except from a few construction vehicles. How will Wal-Mart’s projected traffic pollution affect the aquifer in the future after store opening?
B. Then Mayor Pro-Tem Harding and the 2005 Yelm City Council supported the approval of this store here to the effect being the recipient of the 2006 Jefferson Muzzle Awards for inhibiting citizen comment about Wal-Mart.
With the Mayor, City Council and others pressing for better-paying jobs here, are they aware of the opportunities for training programs, apprenticeships and internships, high school tech field visits, etc. on the Wal Mart site during the construction phase?
The Wal-Mart construction site is a golden opportunity for City of Yelm officials to follow through on their stated desire to help our young people get some skills, maybe earn a few bucks, & keep their minds growing.
Further, these kinds of activities would be perfect opportunities for our youth to be active, instead of being idle and causing problems for the community and Yelm Library, in particular. Mayor Harding addressed this issue in the March 2 NVN regarding the February 27th Yelm Timberland Library Board presentation to the City Council about youth problems at the Library saying “It’s not so much the lack of places to go as it is a behavior issue, Harding said… Harding said the city has lots of ideas for some kind of youth center, but engaging students and teaching them to have a respect level is what will help the library.”
Lack of a youth center, the dissolution of and non-interest by city officials to support continuity of the fine community Drew Harvey Theater and other youth programs are a large part of the problem, too. Our youth want and deserve great programs to keep their minds and bodies active and expanding.
Are the high-groundwater areas surrounding the Wal-Mart site going to be addressed by the City, or just be allowed to flood, with subsequent oil pollution runoff in wet years?
Has Mayor Harding, the Yelm City Council & Mayor appointed Yelm Economic Development Committee (EDC) worked with Wal-Mart seeking educational opportunities and jobs for our youth during the construction phase?
It’s about the Future!
What say you?