In a front-page headline story out today and NOT on the NVN website titled,
“DOE set up application for failure, alleges city”
City of Yelm Administrator spews more deceptions about the city’s water issues.
Mrs. Badger says in the NVN,
“The City of Yelm is appealing the state Department of Ecology’s denial of the McMonigle water rights transfer.
The city is alleging that the DEO (sic) didn’t do its job.” …
On July 20, DOE informed the city its application was denied, citing a procedural error and failure to analyze the impacts to Thompson Creek…
In its appeal, the city said the back-and-forth between the city, conservancy board and DOE “shows a pattern of conflicting, inadequate and unclear direction by Ecology to the (conservancy board) and the city…”
“This pattern ultimately ‘set up’ this transfer of a valid water right for unnecessary failure, at great expense to the city, hampering the city’s ability to continue to meet its obligations to serve its growing community under the growth Management Act,” the appeal states.
Ecology REVERSED the decision of the Thurston County Conservancy Board on July 20, 2009 and specified exactly why they took that action in a letter to Mrs. Badger where they state,
“The board (conservancy board) failed to adequately analyze the extent and validity of the subject water right [the McMonigle water right]. Ecology’s records include a consultant report from 2005 that analyzed recent power records that indicate significantly less water for change. This information conflicts with the Board’s extent and validity analysis, which must be reconciled prior to approval of subject change.”
CLICK HERE to see Ecology’s letter in full.
So, the McMonigle water right may not be a transferable right and may not be valid.
OBVIOUSLY, MRS. BADGER ONCE AGAIN GIVES THE NVN & THE PUBLIC A SNOW-JOB!
SINCE THERE IS NO INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING BY THE NVN ON CITY OF YELM ISSUES, THEY ARE COMPLICIT IN THE REPORTING OF WHATEVER THE CITY SHOVELS THEIR WAY!
All of Mrs. Badger’s other comments in the newspaper are just dross to cover-up this glaring omission to the NVN and their readers from the DOE reversal of the decision of the Thurston County Conservancy Board:
the McMonigle water right may not be a transferable right and may not be valid, period!
Again, where is the city mindful of taking care of the public’s interest and trust when they continue to deceive, omit and gloss over the facts?
And, did anyone notice that the October, 2008 city Water Mitigation Plan was finally published on the city’s website yesterday afternoon, almost one year after being released. That would not have happened without citizen input, for this city hides all they can unless the public speaks up!