Letter: Attend The Highline College SAMP Public Scoping Meeting

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I’m writing to tell Des Moines residents about a very important public meeting with the Port Of Seattle at Highline College Student Union on Monday, September 10th at 5:30pm. At this meeting, the Port will explain something you may not be aware of: The Sustainable Airport Master Plan or ‘SAMP’. In one sentence, The SAMP is the Port’s plan to build infrastructure to accommodate projected growth of up to 400 extra planes PER DAY by 2027. They are required by both State and Federal law to inform the public and get your comments as part of a review process. This process is meant to insure that their plans will impact us as little as possible.

I am pretty sure that you are not happy at the thought of the airport growing even more than it already has done.  So I cannot stress enough how important it is that YOU SHOW UP for this meeting. The single most effective thing you can do to limit or even prevent this expansion is simply to show up. Really. The one thing that the Port does not want is a big public outcry and so they have made every effort to do only the absolute minimum of informing the public about the SAMP.

Do your research. You can get a very informative one page flyer created by Quiet Skies Puget Sound by clicking here: http://seatacnoise.info/wp-content/uploads/2018.08.17-flyer-samp-scoping-v4.pdf. And you can learn a LOT more about the issues of noise and pollution at http://seatacnoise.info and the Quiet Skies page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quietskiespugetsound/ You can also learn how you can make public comments to the State and EPA that can make the difference.

Now, you may be asking yourself “Well if it’s so important, then why hasn’t the City Of Des Moines told me about it?” Good question. The SAMP did not just spring up overnight. In fact, it’s been in the planning stages for several years. So I am confused and angry that such an important issue is not being talked about by your City Government. A lot. Everyone in the city should at least be aware of it by now because the effects of 400 planes ever day (and that also means more flights AT NIGHT) will be profound. Just think about how much worse the noise has gotten since 2012. It’s going to be that many more flights on top.

Perhaps the City is working on the issue behind closed doors. But regardless of whatever may or may not be happening, I have to say it again: There is NO legal or bureaucratic actions in the world that can take the place of you making your voice heard. Even if you don’t say a word—just packing that meeting will send the fear of God into the Port. The very last thing they want is an engaged public.

I don’t want to gas on too much longer, but I also hope that once you attend this meeting, you will continue to support this issue and the people in the area who have been working so hard on your behalf. We can win this thing. But we cannot do it without you. Because this issue will never go away. The Port Of Seattle will always be wanting to expand. And your city government needs to know that you want them to not just fight The Samp, but keep working to control the airport and help make Des Moines quieter and less polluted. We have one of the most beautiful cities in the region. But we’ve seen how much it’s deteriorated as a result of the airport’s growth. We need to push back. Now. And keep pushing until they get the message. Tell the Port Of Seattle that you care about this issue. And then tell your city council that you care about this issue.

Get your flyer. http://seatacnoise.info/wp-content/uploads/2018.08.17-flyer-samp-scoping-v4.pdf. Check out the web sites for http//seatacnoise.info and Quiet Skies Puget Sound on Facebook. Offer to volunteer (we desperately need people to pass out flyers throughout the city.) And above all: SHOW UP!

I will see you at Highline College Student Union on Monday, September 10th at 5:30pm.

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