Here’s a gift of good news for the New Year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is opposing the approval of a permit that would allow the paving of wetlands in Southern Maryland for the construction of the Sprawl Highway.
A recent letter from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Army Corps of Engineers says the Chesapeake region’s “most productive nursery” for several species of fish, the Mattawoman Creek, would be hurt if Charles County is permitted to build the seven mile roadway, called the Cross County Connector.
The Charles County government has argued (with little basis) that the road would not stimulate sprawl development. In fact, the county’s own documents show that the highway would “facilitate” the construction of at least 1,113 homes in an area that is now largely forest, and perhaps many times that number.
The agency wrote in their letter to the county: “With the building of the highway, several thousand acres of land are expected to be developed…
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