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Posted at 7:31 PM ET, 01/29/2010

Good trees after bad

By editors

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.

By editors  | January 29, 2010; 7:31 PM ET
Categories:  Montgomery County, environment, transportation  
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Has anyone in the administration looked into the highly permeable paving by utilizing products. These are an excellent resource for path and road construction. They are made from recycled plastics, do not require removal of trees, do not require heavy equipment, and much of the work can be accomplished by unskilled labor.
Such resources could also be used for the Chesapeake Watershed recovery and the Anacostia River cleanup. There's so much more that can be said but this comment is for the administration of the intercounty connector.
I have previous experience with these products: please see my post: "Rainwater Porous Roads and Paths" on my blog rainworks dot wordpress dot com.
Regards, Bill

Posted by: bharned | January 30, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Of course the "classic case" was when they tried to take the bicycle path away from the ICC (as [promised) with the excuse that it would harm the environment - next to the new highway, of course.

Nobody in this debate is telling the truth, so we should just let them fight it out.


And I thought Nixon haters had stamina.

Posted by: gary4books | January 30, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God, those horrible environmentally devastating bike paths. Aren't the enviros content that the bike path that was supposed to be built next to the whole ICC has been forced out of park areas? Or that one bikeway project after another has been killed in Montgomery County because of environmentalists fighting against any and all pavement?

Posted by: webg | February 1, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

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