posted Oct 4, 2016, 9:50 AM by email@example.com
updated Oct 4, 2016, 9:51 AM
On October 2, 1000 Friends of Maryland and MWS presented Planning to Protect Environmental Assets at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. A full room learned that urbanization is paving land faster than population is growing--a definition of sprawl development; that important means for defending our waters, like permitting, restoration, and land preservation have not prevented a decline in Mattawoman Creek's fish community; and that smart land-use planning is a cost effective alternative. Attendees heard how public pressure spearheaded by the Smarter Growth Alliance for Charles County helped set the stage for the 2016 adoption of a smarter comprehensive land-use plan. When fully implemented, this plan will improve conservation while at the same time reducing stress on traffic, school crowding, emergency and police services, and the costs to supply far-flung infrastructure.