Thanks for your coverage of the Cross-County Connector (See “MDE denies permit to build road through Mattawoman watershed,” December 2011), and congratulations to the many voices supporting the protection of Mattawoman Creek, a VIT (very important tributary).

Let me remind you, however, that the Intercounty Connector (ICC) between Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties was also rejected by federal environmental agencies twice — under George H.W. Bush and under Bill Clinton. Gov. Parris Glendenning pulled the plug on the ICC during his second term

Nonetheless, ribbon cutting on the ICC took place last year. And a net forest loss of 179 acres that the ICC destroyed in the Anacostia Watershed has not yet been mitigated within the watershed.

Neal Fitzpatrick
Chevy Chase, MD