Don't Bulldoze Taylor Run
Oct 6, 2020 —
The City's proposed restoration plan will damage Chinquapin Park's native flora and fauna and wetlands. It's a heavy handed approach that is not needed and will not restore the stream, nor will probably do much to reduce pollutants that harm the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay either . These projects are a billion dollar business for high priced consultants who advise local jurisdictions like Alexandria. These projects are based on models, and often a poor understanding of stream behavior or other environmental causes and impacts.
The first thing that we should consider is how we might reduce the volume of stormwater that runs into the park and stream from the developed parts of its watershed upstream. This runoff is why Taylor Run's channel is deepening. It's important to addess such underlying issues first, before trying to "restore" the streams by creating new stream channels, etc. Otherwise, the projects are likely to simply cause more environmental problems, like more erosion.
The City and its consultants claim that they will plant new plants to replace the ones they destroy at Taylor Run. This is not acceptable. We want to preserve what is special about Taylor Run now and not bulldoze it, and then try to replace hundreds of trees and plants afterwards. We have no idea what the impact on other creatures will be.
We have asked the City to work Dr. John Field, an experienced fluvial geomorphologist who we have hired to review the City's plan. We have asked the City to work with Rod Simmons, a scientist who works for the City and has inventoried all the native plants that are still here in Alexandria. Their response has been to say that the community has 21 days to submit comments on THEIR nearly completed plan for Taylor Run through Survey Monkey. This is not how we are going to Save Taylor Run.
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