Good trees after bad
By John Mathwin
Because of the damage done to the watershed by the intercounty connector, Maryland has proposed various mitigation projects. One such project would connect two bike paths near Lake Frank in Montgomery County. To make this connection, trees and other plants now occupying this section of Rock Creek Park would be replaced by a nearly half-mile stretch of asphalt 10 feet wide. Thus to mitigate against the loss of trees, more trees will fall; to mitigate against the loss of permeable groundcover in the watershed; impermeable surface will be added.
This project does not mitigate, it exacerbates.
| January 29, 2010; 7:31 PM ET
Categories: Montgomery County, environment, transportation
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