Cross County connector denied permit

WASHINGTON – The Cross County Connector, a long sought after four-lane highway to improve east to west traffic in Charles County, Md., has been denied a permit to be built by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Environmentalists say the decision will save the Mattawoman Creek watershed, considered one of the best nurseries for migratory fish in the entire Chesapeake Bay.

The project would have filled in fresh-water wetlands, disturbed thousands of feet of stream and cleared almost 74 acres of forest.

Charles County commissioners say the turndown was not unexpected, but better transportation is still high on the needs list.

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