With the recent release of the draft environmental impact statement
(EIS) for the proposed road in Klingle Valley, the next phase of our
campaign has begun.
Next week, the agencies that wrote the draft EIS will hold a public
hearing on it. Unfortunately, the draft gives short shrift to options for
pedestrian and bike access. As Klingle Valley feeds into Rock Creek
Park, omitting a recreational path would be a terrible loss for those of
us who rely on the valley for hiking, walking dogs, biking, and
enjoying nature - and who care about the air and water quality there. Lets
not lose this wonderful recreational resource!
Here's what you can do:
a. Look at the draft EIS on the Klingle Rd. EIS website --
www.klingleroadeis.com. It does a very inadequate job assessing the impact of
rebuilding a vehicular road through Klingle Valley.
b. Come to the public hearing Thursday, July 21 from 5:30 PM to 10:00
PM at the National Zoo Park Visitor Center, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.
PUBLIC TESTIMONY BEGINS AT 6:30 PM. The hearing is a chance for us to
be heard. Please come to question the draft EISs analysis and show
support for Alternatives B2 or D2, which include a recreational path.
c. Speak up, in person or in writing, about how Klingle Valley should
remain accessible everyone. Information on providing written comments
is at www.klingleroadeis.com.
If you need more information, please email Lisa Swanson --
We hope to hear from you.
Tips for providing comments in writing or at the hearing:
Those preparing the final EIS need to hear from us. Their
recommendations will carry a lot of weight with DC City Council and may strongly
influence the type of "road" that is eventually built. Here are a few
talking points, but feel free to take this opportunity to ask other
questions or comment on any aspect of the DEIS.
- Klingle Valley is a beautiful place for hiking, biking and walking
dogs. Pedestrian and bike access should not be denied to the public in
- If there has to be a road for vehicles, I prefer the alternatives (B2
and D2) that include a recreational path.
- I'm concerned that your study did not sufficiently look at ...(e.g.
water quality, impact on traffic, safety, etc.). Can you study this
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