A March 12 Deseret News article reported that plans to remove granite boulders from Little Cottonwood Canyon for use in the LDS Church meeting hall currently under construction are being opposed by a group of residents in the canyon whose homes are "about 1,000 feet below the site."
Clearly, each of us in our modern society is responsible for the mining of tons of mineral material for road construction, building materials and the manufacturing of cars, appliances, etc. All of this carries some environmental cost.While agencies overseeing the removal of the granite boulders in Little Cottonwood Canyon for use in the LDS Church assembly hall should see that this is done in an ecologically sensitive way, there is clear and deep significance, both visually and emotionally, to the use of stone from the same quarry site as that used for the Salt Lake Temple.
Removal plans call for a modest amount of stone to be removed, and restoration of vegetation to be done upon completion of the project. A small cost for a large contribution to a building project that is replacing asphalt and aging buildings with one that will add beauty and serenity to an entire city block. The new assembly hall and the landscaping to surround it will be an asset to our community for generations to come.
Where was the professed environmental concern for the "the most pristine canyon in the state," the impacts on wildlife and pollution of the stream when choice canyon habitat was being destroyed/modified at the time these resident's homes were under construction?
Coy L. Clawson
Salt Lake City