Stopping the Quarry: The First Step

Last Tuesday, Raleigh City Council took the first step in protecting Umstead Park by voting 7–0 to oppose the RDU quarry. This vote is an enormous victory for Raleigh and Umstead Park. But it’s just the first step.In March, three other council members joined me in proposing that Raleigh ask the Airport Authority to pause the quarry deal. Unfortunately, that March 5 Council vote failed 4-to–4.Last week, under intense public pressure, three Councilors dropped the pretense that “there is nothing we can do,” and agreed to take a stand against the Airport Authority.

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Stopping the Quarry: The First Step
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Stop the RDU Quarry and Protect Umstead State Park

The RDU Airport Authority plan is a bad deal for Raleigh’s citizens—both today’s and tomorrow’s. The Airport Authority will effectively destroy the land they are leasing from us. A quarry, by definition, will remove our property to a depth of 400 feet. That’s not a sublease: it’s a truckload sale.

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Why is the Quarry Lease Such a Big Deal?

THE RDU QUARRY LEASE - WHY IS THIS SUCH A BIG DEAL? Russ Stephenson Below are comments about why this issue has become such a big deal. My full statement opposing the RDU quarry lease is here: https://www.russforraleigh.com/why_i_oppose_the_rdu_quarry DOES THE CITY…

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Why I Oppose the RDU Quarry

Here’s Why I Oppose the Quarry Deal I am one of the four Raleigh Councilors who voted to pause the quarry deal on March 5th. I also spoke at the Umstead Rally on July 27th against the deal struck by…

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Building Visionary Stewardship

Yesterday's front-page story in the News & Observer chronicles the next step in re-envisioning one of downtown Raleigh's most polluted streams.  What has been a neglected channel suitable only for flushing downtown's stormwater waste will become a valuable linear park. …

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