Ponds, culverts need a lot of work

The detention ponds and culverts in Lake Stevens are failing due to neglect and lack of maintenance.

This was acknowledged by Lake Stevens City Council members at the Nov. 24 meeting, preceding a vote to amend LSMC Section 14.48.055, increasing allowed impervious surfaces from 40 percent to 65 percent in High Urban Residential zones. Simply stated, this allows larger houses on small lots. The amendment passed 5 to 1.

SeaPac applied for this amendment. SeaPac is the developer of Westlake Crossing, a proposed development of 66 lots on 10.48 acres at 619 99th Avenue SE. This property contains six wetlands and is bordered by wetlands and expanding beaver ponds, fed by the remains of Stitch Creek which once flowed to Stitch Lake.

“No adverse impacts to the wetlands are expected.” Stormwater runoff will be managed via “natural filtration methods” and “existing drainage patterns.” A large detention pond and existing culverts are essential pieces of the development’s drainage design.

Which brings us back to the beginning. The detention ponds and culverts in Lake Stevens are failing due to neglect and lack of maintenance.

The council committed to correcting this failure. One council member stated, “We don’t want to find ourselves five years down the road saying, ‘This failed again.’?” We don’t need bleeding hearts. We need wise, forward-thinking decisions committed to maintaining systems that protect the environment and our homes.

If there is a failed detention pond or culvert on or near your property, please notify the Lake Stevens City Council (www.ci.lake-stevens.wa.us; 425-334-1012).

Joyce Behrends

Lake Stevens

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