Fish Populations Threatened by Highway Expansion

April 09, 2008 05:15 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Residents of Charles County, Md., are upset about plans for a highway that would threaten freshwater life. Development endangers fish habitats in many states.

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The counties around Washington, D.C., are experiencing explosive residential growth, and one county’s plan to accommodate new commercial and residential buildings has residents, as well as state and federal officials, concerned. County officials have planned a four-lane road that would cross a creek state officials are trying to protect.

“There would be dire consequences on the quality of life in the stream,” said Paul Wettlaufer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Balancing growth and the environment is an issue everywhere, and Maryland it is no exception. Another road project near Washington, D.C., has been in flux for years because of environmental concerns.

Development has led to fish being killed all over the United States. Sometimes, the cause is clear, such as in Grand Island, Neb., where more than 10,000 fish were killed last month because of pollution from the city’s wastewater treatment plant and a local company.

Other waterways are experiencing disrupted ecosystems as well. In those connected to Virginia’s James River, fish have been mysteriously dying each winter since 2004.

Headline Link: 'Highway Threatens Creek Filled with Life'

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