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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS TEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2004 ,&apos; A7 seeks acres on Mtn. AI all grants in the were granted," won't be available actual construction said remedia- recent landslide Highlands will be haven't talked about (for trail construc- said. "WashDOT 1, but xth the and land- phase 1 has been expected to of two other t King Count3" for utures Tax (CFT) a $450,000 draft agreement for Creek Family The 4.4 acres are city proper- Creek the Sycamore and the [:oothills area. Purchase of the would increase along Issaquah Oncl comet3, grant would be a request for $234,000 for the Precipice Trail Properties Acquisition Project on Cougar Mountain. The properties are between the new Talus development and Cougar Mountain Wildland Regional Park, on the north side of Talus. "There is a trail there now -- the Precipice Trail -- and it does cross private property and that's why we want to acquire it," Macleod said. "It's one of the important trail con- nections between the city of Issaquah and the park." The trail is an old militaz3' road. "And some believe it follows an old Indian trail from Puget Sound to the Cascades," Macleod said. "It has some of that cultural impor- tance." The project is aimed at the pur- chase of 153 acres from 11 differ- ent owners. The King County Office of Space and the nonprofit Trust for Public Lands are partnering with the city, on the project. King County has $484,000 set aside, and the city's grant would request $234,000 in addition to the $250,000 it received through CFT last year. Because negotiations continue, Macleod said estimates of the total purchase price aren't available. "I don't think this amount of money is enough to purchase all 153 acres," Macleod said. The city. also is pursuing the purchase of the Johnson property on Front Street South, known as "Guano Acres," but has had some trouble locating the property ona- ers and negotiating ith them, Macleod said. The Services Committee agreed with city administration that a grant appli- cation regarding the Johnson property be deferred a year, and that the city instead should seek a grant for the Precipice Trail Properties project. 00a3[er/ SIGNS OF SPRING A rhododendron in one of the city-owned planting strips in downtown Issaquah is in full bloom. BY (;RE(; FAIiI{AH ,,," ,, , ,,, Interchange pond still not workAng BY LA]RHY .J()HNSO.N; The City Council questioned a state transportation project man- ager last week about plans for repairs to infiltration ponds at the new Sunset Interchange. The pond, one of three at the site, collects water and returns it to the aquifer. Two of the ponds worked as planned but the third failed to infiltrate as much water as it was designed to handle. Matt Preedy of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) told the council that there is "only one way to fix it," and that would be to install a direct ouffall from the last treatment point to the East Fork Issaquah Creek. That would mean, he said, using some sort of mechanism to send addi- tional water directly into the creek. What prompted the questions from council members Nancy Davidson and Fred Butler were Preedy's assertions that the failed pond would allow infiltration rates of 2 inches per hour, instead of the 7-inch rate at which the pond was originally designed to infiltrate water back into the ground. "Is the aquifer getting recharged in that case or is the water just going downstream and into Lake Sammamish?" Davidson asked. When Preedy said he wasn't exactly certain about how the changes would work, Butler sug- gested Preedy find out and let the council's Major Development and Regional Affairs Committee (MDRAC) know. "This raises a number of inter- esting questions," Butler said. "I know you don't have all the answers tonight, but there's a big difference between 7 inches and 2 inches. It would be helpful for us to understand the parameters, and for MDRAC to hear about this with a focus on aquifer recharge." Davidson said interest in aquifer recharge is growing, One reason for that interest is the late-January revelation that Cascade Water Alliance may not be able to fully provide for Issaquah's water needs later in the decade. Another is the Jan. 31 landslide above the Sunset Interchange, where thousands of cubic feet of mud and water were released into two forks of Issaquah Creek after the hillside above the interchange was breached by underground water. Preedy said he would find out more about the infiltration rates and get back to the council. He said DOT hopes to get per- mits for the work in April and have work on the pond done by August. 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