On April 25, at 6 p.m. at Friendship Hall, the Montrose County Planning Commission is set to hear a Special Use Permit Proposal for a 250-plus acre gravel mine operation on the south end of what is commonly known as 'Moonlight Mesa', south of Solar Road and north of Government Springs road in the southwest viewshed of the scenic highway 550 corridor. The mine, proposed by Rocky Mountain Aggregate, would be over a mile long and nearly one-half mile wide at it's widest point. The mine plan is to ultimately reduce the height of more than a mile of Moonlight Mesa by approximately 35-50 feet. The entire length of the Mesa is in full view of the highway 550 corridor. Analysis of the soil types identified in the RMA mining application, as well as the Montrose County Gravel Resource Map, indicates that the gravel resource in the proposed permit area is 'poor' at best and nonexistent as far as the county is concerned. In addition, RMA is proposing an asphalt plant, cement plant, and a high volume of increased heavy truck traffic on highway 550. Is this strip mine project something you can live with? Please plan to attend the April 25th Planning Commission Meeting to make your voice heard, and/or write the Montrose County Planning Commission prior to the meeting. You can email the Planning Commission ;firstname.lastname@example.org or write the Planning Commission directly; Steve White 161 South Townsend Montrose, CO 81401.
– Barb Bernhardt, Citizens Against Strip Mining