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Victory for the Chesapeake: Valuable Tributary Spared from Urban Sprawl

The Washington Post has reported that local environmental activists won a fight against a development that they said would harm the wildlife of Maryland’s pristine Mattawoman Creek. The state said no to a half-built, $70 million Cross County Connector in a rare denial of a development permit after activists relentlessly picked apart the county’s arguments for the road. Mattawoman Creek is considered to be the cleanest and most abundant tributary to the Potomac River, and one of the most valuable waterways on the Eastern Seaboard.

This victory over urban sprawl could set a precedent of protection throughout the fragile Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/environmentalists-celebrate-longshot-victory-at-mattawoman-creek/2012/01/10/gIQAYcAd1P_story.html


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