Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Action Alert: Stop Blackwater Development

For the past several years, DC Audubon has made an annual field trip in the fall to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, an important site for migrating and wintering waterfowl. It is also a vital breeding ground for bald eagles and other threatened species. Rare mammals that use the refuge include the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel.

The health of the refuge, and by extension, the health of the Chesapeake Bay is now itself endangered. A planned development bordered by Egypt Road and the Little Blackwater River would destroy important an agricultural habitat and remove a buffer zone along the river, allowing more pollutants to seep into the watershed.

Sign this petition for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to request Governor Ehrlich to intervene and stop the development.

For background on the fight, see this recent article from the Washington Post.

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