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Wetlands Complicate Plans For New Metro Station

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HERNDON, Va. (AP) Plans for dense, walkable development around a planned Metro station could be complicated by wetlands in the area.

The Sunrise Valley Wetlands are located within a quarter-mile of the future Herndon-Monroe station, a planned stop along the rail extension to Dulles International Airport.

Fairfax County Supervisor Catherine Hudgins says the presence of the wetlands means planners will have to "get very creative." She says it's an opportunity to have a park near a transit area.

The 15 acres of wetlands are protected by federal law, but environmentalists fear that they could be threatened by development.

Carol Hadlock, a Herndon resident who leads bird-watching tours in the area, says turning the wetlands into a park with picnic tables and other amenities wouldn't be appropriate.

Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.examiner.com
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