The Center was the only environmental group to support the ICC. Although it was one of the Washington areas's most environmentally controversial highway projects, the Center had no doubt that the benefits of the project far outweighed any minor environmentla damage. At the top of our list was reducing congestion and getting parents home to their kids earlier. The Center also believes that relieving congestion reduces air pollution in the area. We also know the watershed very well and believe that the highway can and will be constructed in an environmentally friendly manner. The Coastal Resources, Inc contract is proof of the seriousness the State of Maryland takes in protecting the environment.
The first 7.2-mile section opened between Gaithersburg and northern Silver SpringinFebruary; the remainder is scheduled to open by early 2012, stretching between northern Silver Spring and Interstate 95 in northwestern Prince George’s County.
Coast Resources, Inc's work in the Paint Branch area will prove critical beyond replenishing the supply of brown trout. Because the brown trout need cold, clean water to spawn, they are considered an “indicator species” that signals a stream’s overall water quality. The Paint Branch feeds into the Anacostia River and ultimately theChesapeake Bay. The environmental consulting work of Coastal Resources, Inc is helping to build the $2.56 billion toll road, overseeing $110 million worth of environmental work designed to reduce and offset its impacts on the streams, wetlands and wildlife in its path. (Wash Post, 9/5/2011)