Thanks to the great Google eye in the sky, Spokane Riverkeeper's August on-the-water rally / protest over docks at Coyote Rocks will live on and the message that ecologically responsible shoreline development and appropriate river recreation is now a moment in time captured for Google Earth and Google Maps.
There are no doubt some hilarious and bizarre moments in time captured by Google as part of Google Maps and Google Earth. But never could I have anticipated or even dreamed up the email I received yesterday. It came late in the afternoon from a consultant and expert we have used in the past on ourCoyote Rocks cases. The email was short and urged me to check out Coyote Rocks on Google Earth.
“NO DOCKS AT THE ROCK: Spokane River Rally”, was an on-the-water protest / rally / demonstration to show opposition to Coyote Rock Development’s plans to install up to 30 homeowner docks along the Spokane River. If you followed the story at all you will remember that the Friday morning before the protest we were notified that the developer of Coyote Rock (Neighborhood Inc.) was ready to sit down and talk settlement, meaning postponement of the three-day hearing before the state Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) that was supposed to start the day after the protest. Since then we have actually been in settlement talks and just yesterday we were meeting among ourselves talking about next steps. Which makes the timing of the email and Google Earth discovery that much more interesting.
You can play with the Google Map below to see for yourself, but be aware that as you zoom in closer the image of the boats disappears. You must look at it on the actual Google Earth application to have full reign with the zooming in and zooming out and keep the image of the boats on the Spokane River. We’re beyond thrilled that our message lives on. As it should! The Spokane River at this stretch is no stretch for motor boats, water skiing or jet skiing. But more importantly, the impact to shorelines in this area would be impact that couldn’t be mitigated elsewhere and could never be restored. We will continue to fight for no net loss here and continue to stay strong on our pursuit for responsible shoreline development and appropriate river recreation.
See the attached kmz file in Google Earth or Google Maps.
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