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Maryland’s Purple Line a Risk to Endangered Amphipods

Purple Line blog imageMaryland’s new Purple Line – an east-west extension of its Metrorail system – belongs underground or should be scrapped in favor of more ecologically sustainable transit options. To save on project costs, the Federal Transit Administration and a host of other federal and state agencies have developed a plan to build the new addition above ground where the impacts to homes, businesses, rare open space and the water quality of Rock Creek will be at its maximum.

In their haste to rush the project through, federal and state officials overlooked the impacts the project will have on the endangered Hays Spring amphipod and on Kenk’s amphipod, a candidate for endangered status. The Hays Spring amphipod is a tiny shrimp like Continue reading

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