The argument between the city of Alexandria, Virginia, and environmentalists has intensified. It’s down to competing consultants, with an important-but-not-telegenic disagreement on how to best measure phosphorous content of the Taylor Run streambed.
Opponents say the city is overstating the level of pollution in the creek and the proposed overhaul of the stream bed would damage the health of the watershed by removing foliage, though the city says many of the trees being removed are dead and that more will be replanted.
This is a fascinating case where both sides appear to be admirable in their motivation, and disagree only on method. Or maybe I’m missing something. I tried to contact some of the players but they’re not surprisingly ignoring me. But I’m going to keep watching because this story fascinates me.