The East Fork Community Coalition (EFCC) is dedicated to protecting the East Fork of the Lewis River as well as our homes and families. We do this by sharing information and communicating concerns about issues facing the area. Please follow along to see how you can get involved, join us on our mission, and share this information with others.
We are a new and growing group of concerned citizens dedicated to protecting our families, homes and the East Fork of the Lewis River.
Nested between the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Coast, the East Fork of the Lewis River, a tributary to the Columbia, cuts through the northern part of the county and provides cold water habitat for endangered Pacific salmonids. This area in many ways encompasses the idyllic dream that many picture when they think of life in the Pacific Northwest.
However, over the past three years especially, life in this area has been drastically altered by the effects of the Yacolt Mountain Mine, a nearly 100 acre surface mine that sits atop a mountain where volcanic rock is mined and crushed into gravel and other aggregate. This activity has caused numerous problems and concerns for the approximately 1400 homes that sit around and below it. These concerns include but are not limited to:
Despite these numerous and valid concerns, in December 2018, the Clark County Council approved an overlay expansion of the mine to the south, 107 additional acres, to store overburden but restricted them from mining or moving overburden on that expansion for ten years. However, the mine operators have filed an appeal on restrictions on that expansion, in hopes of being able to apply to mine sooner, stating that although they agreed not to mine on the expansion for 10 years, they should not be restricted from applying to do so before time was up.
The East Fork Community Coalition (EFCC) is dedicated to protecting the East Fork of the Lewis River as well as our homes and families. We do this by sharing information and communicating concerns about issues facing the area. Please follow…
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|Volunteer Social Media Specialist||Battle Ground, WA||April 6, 2021|