Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Can over-development breed health concerns?

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There is a creek that has been running in my backyard for many years that is no longer flowing. It has become sparse with shallow pools of water between dry rocks that were once under water all year.

You can throw a rock from my house and hit the Intercounty Connector construction site. I don't know if there is a direct connection here but I do know, based on an article I recently read in this publication, that mosquitoes in the Gaithersburg area have tested positive for the West Nile virus, and there is a significant mosquito population where I live.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't mosquitoes thrive in shallow pools of water? There is a plethora of displaced birds that I do know is directly related to deforestation, courtesy of ICC construction, and birds also are carriers of the West Nile virus.

Can over-development turn Montgomery County into a playground of disease? This question must be taken into account by developers. We as citizens of this county have an obligation to speak out about how our space is governed if our welfare is at stake. We can't afford to merely be witnesses of it.

Aradhana Kamble, Derwood