Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Protect the Hulen pond

We have lived in the Wood River Valley over 40 years, and 16 of those years we have lived in Hulen Meadows. We have enjoyed the clean water, the clear skies, and the wildlife that lives there.

At the annual meeting of the Hulen Meadows homeowners, we learned that the city of Ketchum, the Wood River Land Trust, and the BLM have "bundled" a deal to swap the land from Sun Peak Picnic Area to the Lake Creek Bridge in order to put in: 1) a new well for the city, and 2) develop a "water park" at Hulen Pond and 3) solve a septic leach field violation on a homeowner's property. This deal has been in the works since 2000.

We don't want the city of Ketchum taking water from the aquifer so close to our wells in Hulen Meadows. We don't want to see our Hulen Pond developed into a water park. It is a nature preserve that supports hundreds of waterfowl, fish, deer, elk, beaver, bald eagles, bear, moose, fox, coyotes, and cougars.

If you want a water park, why not keep it in the city? It would be perfect to use the Guy Coles and Rotary Parks right on the Wood River with two bridges, or use the River Run area where there is ample parking and access.

We like living in the county and don't want to see the city of Ketchum branching out to take over our land, our water, and our nature preserve in Hulen Meadows. We can't even vote in your city elections.

We need to keep the Hulen Pond as a reservoir in case of fire. During the Castle Rock Fire, the pond was used repeatedly by the fire-fighting helicopters as an easily accessible source of water.

Please respect our rights to privacy living in Blaine County.

Karen & Ken Dickens

Blaine County

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