I was very disappointed to hear that the protection afforded the wetlands in the Betterview Business Park will now be ignored. The pre-annexation agreement approved when I was on the Steamboat Springs City Council in 2003 clearly set aside much of the wetlands on the site to be protected from development. That protection was the reason we were able to approve the annexation in the first place. Now that agreement is being disregarded intentionally by our City Council.
The irony is that the city has played a lead role the past five years in developing a comprehensive water quality analysis for the Yampa River and its tributaries. More than $300,000 from numerous local governments and agencies was invested in the initial analysis. Ongoing monitoring will be an annual investment of approximately $50,000, all to ensure our pristine water quality is documented and protected for future generations. It is wrong for our City Council to ignore the pre-annexation agreement and approve destruction of these wetlands.