Patuxent Waterkeeper joins lawsuit to protect wetlands

Patuxent Riverkeeper has joined Anne Arundel citizens in a contested case hearing to oppose and overhaul a state issued wetlands permit. The permit would authorize the construction of a big-box store in Crofton near the intersection of Route #3 and the Patuxent River. Citizen opposition to this development has raged for over two years. Concerns include traffic on the State Highway, proximity to adjacent preserved parkland, and the impact of a big-box store on the surrounding vendors and local economy. Even more significant, however, are the environmental implications of a massive 20 acre construction project planned for fragile wetlands and the impact on water quality in the river that runs next to and through the site.

Co-plaintiffs in the proceedings are numerous citizens and Patuxent Riverkeeper members potentially effected by the planned project. Our policy is to limit public commentary on a matter currently litigation. Periodic updates will be posted online, in advisories and in our regular newsletter.