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Development scars Stewart Nature Park

To the editor:

Today Stewart Nature Park was attacked! Large digger equipment clawed their way under old beautiful trees and bushes, only to be hauled away by a massive dump truck that had made it’s way down the hillside from Johnson’s Cove Subdivision. Multiple loads of dark earth were dug up from a park that has been touted as one that was created to maintain the natural beauty of how original settlers had found Cache Valley. These are consequences resulting from the Logan Planning Commission and agreements between the City Council and the construction developers.

Steward Nature Park has been the recipient of hundreds of volunteers over the years who have worked to enhance the beauty of the woods by such projects as creating a butterfly garden. Most of such plantings are now gone.

Notices are still posted proclaiming that the changes to the river, and shoreline were needed from an “environmental perspective” (and had nothing to do with this construction?) –and yet, here we are with a large drainage pipe near the river and the creation of a new storm water retention pond that will collect all the run-off from the community streets up above. This means that everything traveling down the drains from the Johnson Cove Community will end up settling into the ground water next to the river. And it’s not over, the city still maintains it needs a better, bigger bridge to cross the river for equipment to maintain all the changes being made.

Johnson’s Cove will be a community of 40 houses, built on the south side of Center Street between 800 and 1000 East, adjoining the borders of River Heights (See Herald Journal March 16, 2016). Though the neighborhoods have already expressed their concerns about the increase of traffic, I wonder if the resulting consequences of stormwater retention and new water and sewer lines to be connected to Logan’s old water and sewer lines were openly discussed and visualized as a threat to Stewart Nature Park as well.

Logan City Council and planning, is it any wonder, that neighborhoods have objections to your zeal in changing the face of Logan with more density when we see the unintended (?) consequences of what is currently being built in our city? Is there too much sacrifice in pursuit of income?

Barbara Haines


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