Wondering what you can do to help?
Advocate for the Hygiene bald eagles
Help protect the Hygiene bald eagle nest from gravel mining. Their nest tree is right next to the planned mining area. These photos, taken in the summer of 2017, depict the adults and their fledglings. The photos of the adult and fledgling in the field–feeding on a prairie dog–are right in the path of the proposed open-pit mine. Since revisions to their Eagle Rule, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) now almost routinely allows disturbances of these nests through their legal permitting system. They will likely do this again, without public notice or participation. With your voices heard, these wonderful birds might remain protected, unlike the Erie pair in 2015. Write an email to Boulder County Parks and Open Space. Please be polite! Tell them: no mining within more than 1/2 mile of this nest–ever–and no permitting for any kind of nest disturbance. AND no disturbance of the adjacent prairie dog colonies that these eagles depend on. Please send to email@example.com (Eric Lane, Parks & Open Space Director), and cc firstname.lastname@example.org (Land Manager for Martin Marietta); email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; and email@example.com.
Get a yard sign
We need your help reaching more people about proposed mining in the valley. The signs are an SOSVV fundraiser and the suggested donation is $25 each, plus any additional contribution you wish to make. Proceeds will go toward covering costs for more signs (SOSVV’s cost is $11 each plus $1 for a stake), plus helping cover the other costs we are incurring in our work (printing, mailings, legal counsel, etc.). Each sign measures 18 x 24 with a ground stake. See the graphic to the right, at the top of our sidebar menu.
Click on our donation button: The minimum donation for a yard sign is $25 each, and you can contribute more if you like. Important: In the “Add comment or note” section please enter your phone number, address, and include the words “yard sign.” We will contact you to arrange a convenient time to deliver your sign to you. Your donation is tax-deductible donation.
Tell your community, Boulder County, and Martian Marietta Materials how you feel about mining in the St. Vrain Valley with an eye-catching sign!
Come to meetings and events
See our Announcements page for information about upcoming meetings, other events of interest, and community actions needed over time.
Send an email to:
Dale Case, Boulder County Land Use Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Robert Haigh, Planner, Boulder County Land Use Department (email@example.com); cc Elise Jones, Board of Boulder County Commissioners (firstname.lastname@example.org). Make sure you request that your letter be included in Docket SU-96-18.
- This is a sample letter from a community member: SOSVV_SampleLetter_Case_Haigh_March2017
- For background on the current gravel mining site plan, see our page on Martin Marietta’s Special Use Permit.
- In may be helpful to bear in mind Boulder County’s Open Space Conservation statement: “The county has shown a dedication to preserving and maintaining its open space. Protecting open lands remains a core value of the government today. By providing activities, events and services that engage the community in open space conservation and recreation, Boulder County helps to ensure that critical wildlife habitats, farms and areas for recreation will be around for generations to come.”
Send letters to the editor:
Redstone Review (contact about policy): email@example.com
Boulder Weekly: firstname.lastname@example.org
S.O.S.V.V. welcomes contributions via PayPal (note that a PayPal account is not required). Donations to our non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization are tax-deductible. Funds are used for operating expenses in support of our mission to advocate for the environmental protection and conservation of the geologically unique and historic St. Vrain Valley, and its healthy development for residents, wildlife, visitors, and future generations.
Spread the word
Visit our Facebook page, give a shout-out on Twitter (#sosvv), and talk about this with your friends and neighbors.