Northfax West - The End for
A DEATH WARRANT FROM THE CITY COUNCIL!
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May 7, 2023:
- “She came, she loved, and then she went away” -
The North Fork of Accotink Creek has come to its end, diverted into a desolate stone plain leading to the underworld of the new Northfax West culvert. That’s some 2/3 of a mile the creek must now travel in darkness. R.I.P. fish! R.I.P. salamanders!
Trash items found downstream foretell the fate of the North Fork of Accotink Creek
Brutality and abuse seem to be the sad fate of the North Fork of Accotink Creek,
Is this a 'Kick ‘em when they’re down' philosophy? Is it a 'Shoot the wounded' policy?
The vision the Northfax Small Area Plan is inspiring. Yet, how jarring it is that the first step toward creating a greater "Environmentally Focused Area" is burying it's heart, a stream full of fish, as part of the individual Northfax West project.
It is an abdication of the obligations of our generation to bury 1000+ feet of perennial stream, bounded by Resource Protection Areas, and filled with fish, in a concrete culvert to accommodate a private development. This is not a transportation project that must follow a certain course. This is not the accommodation that property owners in Resource Protection Areas are due. Green space for Greenbacks is the straightforward exchange being made.
The 'destroy the North Fork in order to save it' reasoning offered by the developer (and accepted by the permitting agencies and City Council) seems to be double-talk masking total surrender of responsibility for stream protection. By extension of this illogic putting all of Accotink Creek in a pipe would eliminate all erosion - problem solved!
The North Fork of Accotink Creek is being sent into the darkness
Audubon Naturalist Society's Northfax West webpage slideshow press release 1 press release 2
Poking among the gravel of the streambed reveals
abundant tadpoles of the Northern Two-lined Salamander
The proposal to redevelop the adjacent property to the south, Brown’s Mazda , proposes to replace pavement with pavement. It would take advantage of the Northfax West removal of the floodplain.
This begs the general question of whether Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements, where a project’s post-development nutrient loading cannot exceed its pre-development nutrient loading, need to be rethought. Pre-development should not mean ‘I can leave the site in whatever condition I found it, just not worse’. It should mean truly pre-development, i.e. forested condition.