GOVERNOR HERBERT: DO NOT ALLOW THE WEST DAVIS CORRIDOR TO BE FUNDED!   SUPPORT A SHARED SOLUTION WITH UDOT AND UTAHNS FOR BETTER TRANSPORTATION INSTEAD!
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Farmington City Council
John Bilton
Farmington City Council
Jim Talbot
Farmington City Council
Cindy Roybal
Farmington City Council
Cory Ritz
Farmington City Council
Jim Young
Corridor Project Manager
Randall Jefferies
Utah Governor
Gary Herbert
Farmington City, Utah Mayor
Scott Harbertson
Corridor Project
Brad Humphries
Region 1 UDOT Director
Kris Peterson
Utah Transportation Commissioner
Dannie McConkie
Federal Highway Administration
Inspector General
UDOT Commissioner
Wayne K. Barlow
Davis County Commissioners
John Petroff Jr., P. Bret Milburn, & Louenda H. Downs
EPA- Region 8 Lab Chemist
Mark Murphy
Utah Taxpayers Association
President
EPA- Region 8 Office of the Regional Administrator - Science Advisor
Patti Tyler
EPA-Region 8 Office of Partnerships & Regulatory Assistance-Toxicologist
Kristen Keteles
Citizen, and Petition Author
Barbara Stevens
Utah Governor
Utah State Senate
Utah State House

GOVERNOR HERBERT: DO NOT ALLOW THE WEST DAVIS CORRIDOR TO BE FUNDED! SUPPORT A SHARED SOLUTION WITH UDOT AND UTAHNS FOR BETTER TRANSPORTATION INSTEAD!

    1. Petition by

      Barbara Stevens

      Farmington, UT

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Governor, we have been  listening to your messages regarding the pollution problem in our state, which include leaving cars behind for mass transit.   We would LOVE to support you in that endeavor!

http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/05/03/herbert-offers-tips-how-ordinary-utahns-can-curb-air-pollution      

You have asked us to DRIVE LESS but you are considering ONLY the options that UDOT has set for itself, which ENCOURAGE us to drive MORE.  Their recommendations are in direct opposition to your messages.  A major reason for this opposition is that UDOT is motivated to build freeways since they receive almost a quarter from every gallon of gas.     Our message is that we want you to INSIST that UDOT engage in a SHARED SOLUTION with UBET to devise smarter ways to deal with the traffic congestion, economic development and continued population growth than building freeways. UDOT has used the phrase in their advertising (which taxpayers PAY for!)  "locally preferred alternative' which makes it sound to the rest of Utah as if the locals prefer it.  WE DON'T!  THERE IS NO NEED FOR THIS FREEWAY.  THERE ARE OTHER SOLUTIONS THAT ARE NOT LISTED AS ONE OF THE OPTIONS.

The PROPOSED West Davis Corridor  is a massive, elevated freeway recommended to begin at Farmington City and run through Hooper, Utah that will cost taxpayers upwards of $600 million!  And that doesn't include the upkeep for years to come.  This freeway will divide communities, spew noise, light and particulate pollution endangering both our citizens and the environment.  Meanwhile, our failing infrastructure issues are not being addressed.  Furthermore, building this freeway actually DISCOURAGES the use of mass transit. PLEASE LISTEN TO US and work on a SHARED SOLUTION, creating a win-win situation for our citizens AND our communities!

Utahns for Better Transportation  (UBET) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpKFrn6usew&feature=player_embedded

www.utahnsforbettertransportation.org/

would like the opportunity to work WITH UDOT on a shared solution.  However, the financial burden of researching the alternative is being placed on the backs of private citizens. Governor, PLEASE insist that UDOT bears the expense of exploring and analyzing  this shared solution in partnership with UBET.  We want to work WITH our adjacent communities, not be pitted against them in a survival of the fittest contest. YOU can help!

The Shared Solution is  ONE example of how to re-work our existing infrastructure in smarter ways, but it will take more funding and having UDOT experts work hand in hand with UBET to come to a SHARED solution to FIND THE LEAST ENVIRONMENTALLY DAMAGING PRACTICABLE ALTERNATIVE. (LEDPA)..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEOQOXs0LjA

By building the WDC, it will violate the  EPA’s 404(b)(1) guidelines to select the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative .  UDOT has not studied other solutions which have a FAR LESS DAMAGING IMPACT because they purposely did not include them on their 46 alternatives and did not ask for other alternatives.

The nearly 300 members of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE.org) have compiled thousands of medical studies confirming the health consequences of our air pollution, which is sometimes the worst in the United States. Those who live within 2 miles of a freeway are the most victimized by this pollution. UDOT is ignoring the entire body of medical research that would condemn this project as a serious health hazard.  

One of UDOT's own stated objectives is to "support the objectives of the adopted local land use and transportation plans for communities west of I-15 in Weber and Davis Counties." UDOT is NOT meeting their own stated objective.  The roads we build should improve and enhance our communities.

UDOT has come up with its own options for the freeway and has been successfully using a "divide and conquer" strategy to create citizen "buy in"... I even fell for it, writing an article only in support of leaving the freeway out of my backyard.   But, I am now convinced we must work TOGETHER for the benefit of ALL our communities.

  http://davisclipper.com/view/full_story/22684083/article-Letter--Glover-Lane-route-is-wrong-for-West-Davis-corridor

  BY SUPPORTING A SHARED SOLUTION WITH THE STATE OR FEDERALLY-FUNDED ASSISTANCE OF UTAHNS FOR BETTER TRANSPORTION, UDOT CAN MEET THEIR STATED OBJECTIVE OF IMPROVING AND ENHANCING OUR COMMUNITIES.   UDOT  can't seriously think that a MASSIVE, NOISY, POLLUTION-SPEWING, ELEVATED EYE-SORE of a freeway is going to enhance our communities! 

 In conclusion, UDOT's proposal is in direct opposition to the Federal Highway Administration's Livability Principles contained in this document:

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/livability/state_of_the_practice_summary/research00.cfm

 We, the undersigned request that our taxes are used for transportation projects which do not waste our money.  We also request that UDOT work side by side with other agencies such as Utahns for Better Transportation, UTA, as well as environmental groups to protect Utah's landscape, air quality, and wildlife!  Our infrastructure is outdated and in need of repair BEFORE considering more freeways.

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*****EXAMPLES OF SMARTER TRANSPORTATION PLANNING*****

Watch this video of the removal of the San Francisco Embarcadero elevated freeway with a boulevard showing how smarter planning can enhance beauty of natural surroundings increasing tourism, reduce emissions, encourage mass transit and other forms of travel, while increasing economic development and tourism.    http://www.streetfilms.org/lessons-from-san-francisco/

 

Read this article on effective bicycle planning:

http://grist.org/biking/2011-03-14-tearing-down-urban-freeways-to-make-room-for-a-new-bicycle-econ/

"Urban freeways are also ineffective as transportation solutions. Caught in the vicious feedback loop of induced demand, they cannot be expanded fast enough to keep up with increasing traffic — yet each expansion lures yet more drivers who create yet more congestion and demand more lanes, ad infinitum. The maintenance and expansion of these roadways gobble up transportation funds that could create and maintain less costly and destructive alternatives."

 

Read this article appropriately called "How to Slay a Concrete Dragon" about the proposed "ramps to nowhere" in Seattle that ultimately went unfunded.  I have personally frequented  the Arboretum mentioned in the article and was fortunate to have seen the natural beauty of the Japanese gardens that were to be removed for these ramps (corridors). 

http://crosscut.com/2013/05/29/mossback/114699/concrete-dragons-how-slay-freeway/?page=1

 

 

***********CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES IN REGARDS TO PETITION*********

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705267777/UDOT-chief-floats-gas-tax-change.html?pg=all

"Meantime, transportation commissioners are hopeful that President-elect Barack Obama will advocate for a stimulus package for states of more than $500 billion over two years to provide 2.5 million jobs by investing in the nation's infrastructure. UDOT would apply for the money. "Hopefully, we'll be able to ramp up some of the projects," Commissioner Meghan Holbrook said."

Too bad that "infrastructure" is interpreted as freeways and not other options.

 

This  news article was just written today AGAIN with Governor Herbert attempting to address the pollution problem... GOVERNOR: TELL ME AGAIN WHY UDOT IS PROPOSING A FREEWAY THAT WILL ONLY ADD TO OUR POLLUTION? 

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865581514/Governor-Herberts-clean-air-partnership-takes-on-new-form-sets-initiative.html

PERHAPS, it has to do with this 2008 article which showed that UDOT favors building roads and NOT building infrastructure because it reduces UDOT's capital:  For every gallon of gas, UDOT receives 24.5 cents.  They are receiving incentives to DISCOURAGE mass transit!

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=4418168

 

EPA is considering reducing the ozone standards from 75 ppb to 60 ppb.  More freeways will create more pollution, idling or no idling.

http://www.kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_5373.shtml

 

"EPA Concludes Fine Particle Pollution Poses Serious Health Threats"

  • "Causes early death (both short-term and long-term exposure)
  • Causes cardiovascular harm (e.g. heart attacks, strokes, heart disease, congestive heart failure)
  • Likely to cause respiratory harm (e.g. worsened asthma, worsened COPD, inflammation)
  • May cause cancer
  • May cause reproductive and developmental harm

—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter, December 2009. EPA 600/R-08/139F"

http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/health-risks/health-risks-particle.html

 

Even the Government's Environmental Protection Agency knows that this freeway is not "smart" planning.  Read the link below:

"Four transportation and land use strategies that enhance quality of life and protect human health and the environment are:

  • Smart and sustainable street design.
  • Transit-oriented development.
  • Parking management.
  • Sustainable transportation planning."

http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/topics/transportation.htm

 

 EPA REGULATORS LOOK TO REDUCE POLLUTION-CARS STILL BIG PROBLEM

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=25682911&nid=148&title=regulators-look-to-reduce-pollution-cars-still-big-problem&fm=home_page&s_cid=queue-1

 

Link between pollution and autism

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2013/pollution-and-autism

 

 UNACCEPTABLE AIR QUALITY:

http://blog.utahmomsforcleanair.org/2013/04/24/another-f-grade-utah%E2%80%99s-air-quality-unacceptable-for-utah%E2%80%99s-children-utah%E2%80%99s-politicians-are-to-blame/

 

UCAIR, INITIATED BY GOVERNOR HERBERT AND INTRODUCED JANUARY 31, 2012 BECAME A NON-PROFIT ON JUNE 11, 2013 http://www.ucair.org/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDV1-RrSoDc Jan 31, 2012 Governor Announces UCAIR

http://fox13now.com/2013/06/11/ucair-becomes-a-non-profit-organization/ June 11th 2013 UCAIR is now non-profit

 

CNN MONEY MAGAZINE RANKS FARMINGTON, UTAH THE 12TH BEST PLACE TO LIVE OUT OF AMERICA'S BEST SMALL TOWNS!

http://www.farmington.utah.gov/displayarticle304.html

 

 UBET attempted to work with UDOT on a shared solution

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/56273541-90/freeway-groups-http-lake.html.csp

 

This section labeled "quality of life" encompasses more advantages for our citizens than the definition provided by UDOT. http://www.publictransportation.org/benefits/qualityoflife/Pages/default.aspx

 

 Salt Lake Resident wrote letter against building this west davis corridor:

http://davisclipper.com/view/full_story/22898769/article-Letter--Corridor-plans-are-an-outrage?instance=secondary_stories_left_column

 

Dr. Moench's article in the Salt Lake Tribune regarding harmful ozone levels in Utah and the effect of the West Davis Corridor.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/56478797-82/ozone-utah-smith-stewart.html.csp#comments

 

FEDERAL LAWS THAT PROTECT BALD EAGLES.. There are many in Farmington, Utah.

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/protect/laws.html

 

 UDOT 'S RECOMMENDATION AND OAKRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/56478726-90/club-udot-course-oakridge.html.csp?page=1

 

 Opposers to freeway attempted to meet with UDOT early on:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/56185892-90/davis-group-kalt-media.html.csp

 

FEDS RECOMMEND THAT UDOT FUND THE SHARED SOLUTION:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/56826689-90/alternative-department-freeway-impacts.html.csp

 

 

*******************PUBLIC INPUT RALLIES  6-11-2013*********************

http://fox13now.com/2013/06/11/hundreds-pack-meeting-to-protest-west-davis-corridor/

 

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=25561042

 

 

 

*******ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSED TO THE WEST DAVIS CORRIDOR and FAVORING A SHARED SOLUTION WITH UBET AND UDOT:******** 

(PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOUR ORGANIZATION  WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THIS LIST)

 

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment

http://www.uphe.org/


Protect Utah Wildlife
www.facebook/protectutahwildlife

 

 Utah Tar Sands Resistance

http://www.tarsandsresist.org/



Governor We Cannot Breath

http://wecannotbreathe.blogspot.com/

 

University Student Clean Air Network

http://sustainableutah.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/university-student-clean-air-network/

 

Utah Birders

http://www.utahbirders.com/

 

Great Salt Lake Audubon

http://www.greatsaltlakeaudubon.org/

 

Peaceful Uprising

http://www.peacefuluprising.org/

 

****************** CITIZENS SIGNING THIS PETITION:  **********************

PLEASE MAKE COMMENTS WHY THIS ISSUE IS IMPORTANT TO YOU.  OUR GOVERNOR AND ALL OF OUR ELECTED LEADERS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!

PLEASE MAKE AN OFFICIAL COMMENT ON THE LINK BELOW TO OUR GOVERNOR IN ADDITION TO A COMMENT ON THIS PAGE AND UDOT. 

http://governor.utah.gov/goca/form_comment.html

 

ALSO:  MAKE COMMENTS THROUGH AUGUST 23rd 2013 ON UDOT'S WEBSITE:  http://www.udot.utah.gov/westdavis/get_involved#contact

or VISIT THEIR WEBSITE  http://www.udot.utah.gov/westdavis

 

Call, email, or write comments to your local leaders.  

 

Syracuse citizens can make their comments via an online form. 

Emails are not publicized...

http://syracuseut.com/YourGovernment/ContactMayorandCityCouncil.aspx

 

* "Farmington Bay Bald Eagle" Photo Credit:  Used by permission by Brent Clark. All rights reserved.  Taken winter 2013 in Farmington Bay  Farmington, Utah.

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Army Corps of Engineers Criticize UDOT'S West Davis Corridor Plans!

      Barbara  Stevens
      Petition Organizer

      Let the public know we back the Army Corps of Engineers in this decision!
      http://davisclipper.com/bookmark/23657339/article-EPA-+Corps+of+Engineers+criticize+UDOT+over+West+Davis+Corridor#cb_post_comment_23657339Share your latest development here.

      EPA, Corps of Engineers criticize West Davis Corridor plans

      FARMINGTON - Just as the public comment period for the West Davis Corridor draft plan ended, the Army Corps of Engineers sent a letter critical of the proposal to the Utah Department of Transportation. It came on the heels of a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency to UDOT about the highway.

    2. DEPT. OF INTERIOR RECOMMENDS UDOT FUND THE SHARED SOLUTION!

      Barbara  Stevens
      Petition Organizer

      Write TODAY TO UDOT if you support the Shared Solution and ask or demand that UDOT follow the recommendations of the US Dept of the Interior, Office of Environmental Policy and COMPLIANCE who have asked UDOT to FUND the Shared Solution as a viable alternative to protect the wetlands of Farmington Bay!

      THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS ENDS IN 2 DAYS ON SEPT 6TH. This is the link to the comment page. IT will only 1-2 minutes of your time. PLEASE DO IT NOW! YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! :) http://www.udot.utah.gov/westdavis/get_involved#contact

      Thank you so much!
      Barbara Stevens http://www.scribd.com/doc/165590596/Interior-Department-objects-to-Utah-highway-planShare your latest development here.

      Interior Department objects to Utah highway plan

      Interior Department objects to Utah highway plan - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text file (.txt) or read online for free. The Interior Department warns of irreparable harm to wetlands and wildlife with the Utah Department of Transportation's preferred route for the West Davis Corridor Freeway.

    3. 1,000 CITIZENS WHO SUPPORT THE SHARED SOLUTION & NO WDC!

      Barbara  Stevens
      Petition Organizer

      When I started this petition, I wondered if there were others who felt the same way I do about the increasingly dangerous pollution in our state. Now I know that there are at least 1,000 citizens in our communities who signed this electronic petition in just a couple of weeks. I found that there are also dozens of organizations who have been interested in this far longer than myself. This speaks volumes to how many more there are who may also have signed given an easier forum. I will leave this petition up for more people to sign. But, I am confident in bringing this to our governor, and I hope that he will be willing to meet. I am willing to listen to his messages about reducing vehicles on the road to combat pollution and to encourage his citizens to problem-solve. I trust he is equally willing to assist us in our problem-solving methods by studying the petition & concerns of so many citizens asking for no WDC and the building up of mass transit as the L.E.D.P.A. alternative.

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. 900 STRONG!

      Barbara  Stevens
      Petition Organizer

      SHARED SOLUTION; SMART USE OF EXISTING ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE, BUILD UP MASS TRANSIT AND MAKE IT AFFORDABLE, PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT, PROTECT OUR HEALTH, AND BUILD OUR ECONOMY.

    6. 800 and Counting!

      Barbara  Stevens
      Petition Organizer

      We want to reduce pollution by reducing the number of cars on the roads; not build more! Let's work to make mass transit affordable for everyone and leave our beautiful areas pristine! Keep sharing!

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. 700 SUPPORTERS!

      Barbara  Stevens
      Petition Organizer

      THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SIGNED THIS PETITION! KEEP SHARING AND RE-POSTING SO THAT WE CAN WORK TOWARD A SHARED SOLUTION AND KEEP OUR AIR CLEAN!

    9. Decision-maker Wayne K. Barlow responds:

      Wayne K. Barlow

      Sorry, but I am not a member of the Davis County Commission.


    10. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Dawn Atterbury SYRACUSE, UT
      • 5 months ago

      Because I live right in the area that will be affected!!!

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    • Anne Greeson SYRACUSE, UT
      • 5 months ago

      This freeway will cut Syracuse in half, destroy the quiet, increase crime and, interestingly, increase diabetes, obesity and liver damage. (to see the research, read Fat Chance).

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    • Gary Pratt SYRACUSE, UT
      • 5 months ago

      It splits our city in half. Takes out our homes and farmland. No need for this.

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    • Ronni McDonough SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • 7 months ago

      While less than 1% of Utah qualifies as wetland environment, this percentage is essential to providing habitat for over 80% of Utah's wildlife. In Utah, the Great Salt Lake and associated freshwater-wetlands such as the Jordan, Weber, and Bear rivers make up the "Greater Salt Lake Ecosystem," and represent over 75% of all wetlands in Utah which provide critical habitat for migratory waterfowl and shorebirds throughout western North America. Nearly 5 million birds stop here annually to feed and rest on their migration. It is so important that we protect this important habitat. We much not pave over these areas with roads and development, but look for better solutions to our growing needs. Please do not allow the West Davis Corridor to go through. Support a shared solution with UDOT and Utahns for Better Transportation instead. Thank you, Ronni McDonough

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    • Tori Sohm SANDY, UT
      • 7 months ago

      Don't make our air dirtier. More freeways equals more cars.

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