The Environment and Sustainability element prioritizes the protection of sensitive areas and watershed processes in Duvall and identifies steps the City and the Duvall community should take to ensure a sustainable future that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.
The purpose of the environment and sustainability element is to accommodate population and job growth in a sustainable manner that avoids negatively impacting sensitive areas and watershed processes. This element addresses sustainability and the natural environment separately.
Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It includes the interdependent pillars of environmental quality, economic vitality, and social equity.
The City of Duvall has a beautiful natural setting, located above the Snoqualmie River and Cherry Creek valleys, and surrounded by Puget Sound lowland forests to the east and south. The natural features in Duvall include sensitive areas that must be protected under state law. These include geologically hazardous areas, critical aquifer recharge areas, frequently flooded areas, wetlands, and fish and wildlife habitat areas. Those areas also sustain fish and wildlife, water quality, property, and quality of life.