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BPA I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project - Proposed 500 kV Lines

I am writing with regards to Bonneville Power Administration I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project and their proposed 500 kV lines.

My neighbors and I are in the Battle Ground, Amboy, Yacolt, Dole Valley, Chelatchie Prairie, and Merwin/Buncombe Hollow areas. We are a community of hard working individuals who survived the timber industry collapse and the Mt. St. Helens eruption. Now it's Bonneville Power Administration who will be destroying our lifelong investments by creating a drop in our property values if they run these lines through our properties. This, which is to be our childrenís inheritance, will be destroyed if BPA gets their way.

These lines will directly impact our area's rich historical and aesthetic value. Take a walk through Moulton Falls Park or stroll on the Hantwick Trail that follows the East fork of the Lewis River. This is where these 500 kV line proposed routes will cross the Lewis River. Take a trip to Cedar Creek Grist Mill near Woodland and imagine driving under these lines. There, replacing 150-foot Douglas fir trees will be 15-story towers running their massive lines along side Green Mountain School. Pass by the Chelatchie Prairie Store when taking your family waterskiing or swimming at Saddle Dam or Cresap Bay where these huge towers and sagging lines will cross over your swimming area heading north on to Castle Rock.

I am not against these lines; I believe they are necessary. However, there are viable alternative routes on unpopulated lands BPA could have chosen, but instead they chose to drop these into our laps onto some heavily populated properties.

After months of many volunteers working to pull together affected landowners in our area through the Clark County GIS system, Better Way for BPA is now over 1000 landowners strong and proudly representing its neighbors. We ask all affected/concerned parties to not allow wedges to come between us. Letís maintain community solidarity by uniting all affected landowners in Clark and Cowlitz Counties. Without strength in numbers, we have nothing.

Better Way For BPA will be having a question and answer meeting scheduled for April 9th, at Amboy Middle School, from 7-9 p.m. Mark Korsness, Project Manager for the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, will be there to answer your questions. We have also contacted our political representatives and asked them to attend.

Cheryl Brantley
Representative Better Way For BPA

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