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3/27/2006  3:05:00 PM
Tom Van Bronkhorst (206) 684-8807

Protecting Seattle's natural environment takes teamwork

SEATTLE - Today, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Environmentally Critical Areas (ECA) Ordinance, establishing one of the most progressive environmental statements by any major city in the U.S.

"The result of this ordinance is a healthier environment for fish and vegetation, as well as for the waters and streams-and for everyone who calls Seattle home," said Councilmember Jean Godden, chair of the Council's Energy and Technology Committee. "ECA's provisions match and enhance the city's resolve to lead the nation in preservation of our natural resources."

To read the full text of the ordinance, Council Bill 115414, please visit the council's legislative database at

The ordinance expands buffer areas along riparian corridors to 75 feet where salmon and other fish are present. It protects streams, waterways and shorelines by restricting fertilizer and pesticide use within 50 feet on both public and private property.

"It's our responsibility to ensure that we balance population and development pressures with a healthy and thriving natural environment," said David Della, vice-chair of the committee. "We owe it to future generations to foster economic development while ensuring a healthy and safe environment."

"This legislation puts teeth into our commitment to protect and revitalize our stream ecosystems," said Councilmember Richard Conlin.

"Many can claim credit for making this legislation stronger and more effective," said Godden. "It's the result of a healthy dialogue and good teamwork in a complex and crucial process to protect Seattle's extraordinary natural environment."


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