: News

Filed Under:

Wetland And Stream Protection Proposal Riles Loudoun Residents

Play associated audio

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, Loudoun's County supervisors are wondering whether it's time for their county to start adhering to the water quality rules outlined in the decades-old Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act.

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation act already applies to Virginia's 84 tidewater localities, including Loudoun County's neighbor's Fairfax and Prince William.

Loudoun would be the first county to voluntarily adopt the act which provides strict rules about development within 100 feet of streams and wetlands.

One requirement would require property owners in those Resource Protection Areas, or RPAs, to pay for environmental impact assessments before beginning even small construction projects such as a new deck.

At Monday night's crowded public hearing, Stephanie Smith, a homeowner in South Riding, said this would be just another example of government overstepping its bounds.

"To me the issue is either you favor people's property rights or you don't" says Smith.

County staff say only about 2 percent of existing structures in the county fall within RPAs. But Lori Waters, supervisor for the Broad Run District, says adopting an act designed for tidewater areas without tailoring it for Loudoun County doesn't make sense.

"It doesn't have Loudoun's stamp on it, and we definitely are hearing that tonight from the community," says Waters.

Supervisors chose not to ask their own questions about the proposal at the public hearing, they'll do that at the board's June 15 meeting.

NPR

National Museum of African American History Opens Its Doors

More than 100 years after it was originally proposed, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening its doors in Washington, D.C.
NPR

While Everyone Was Partying At Woodstock, I Was Stuck At Schrafft's

The chain restaurant that catered to women helped redefine how Americans eat, according to a new book. For NPR's Lynn Neary, it also defined how she did and didn't fit with the counterculture.
NPR

Newspaper Endorsements Matter Most When They're Unexpected

The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton on Saturday, but an endorsement that came the day before from a smaller paper may matter more to its readers, for the simple fact that it was unexpected.
NPR

As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income

How will the economy provide economic opportunities if employers need fewer workers in the future? A growing number of people in Silicon Valley are saying the only realistic answer is a basic income.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.