ANS Conservation Director Eliza Cava Issues New Statement after Today’s Hearing and Vote
Statement from Eliza Cava, Director of Conservation at Audubon Naturalist Society, on Today’s Board of Public Works Hearing and Vote on the Managed Toll Lanes P3 Project:
“Lipstick on a pig, that’s what we’re talking about. In this era of climate crisis, Governor Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot are selling out our future and our children’s future for a pig disguised as transportation improvement.
The newly proposed $11 billion toll lane plan does not fix our region’s congestion problems. It does not move us away from car-focused land-use planning or reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. And even with stormwater management, it does not change the fact that hundreds of acres of new pavement will create additional stormwater pollution in the biggest storms.
Today’s decision puts the conclusion before the facts. We cannot be satisfied with such opaque and backward-looking decision-making.”
About ANS: Throughout its history, ANS has championed nature for all by playing a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS‘s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.