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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].

Monday, December 26, 2011

Prince George's County: Dismissive or Oblivious to Ecosystem Services?

Sept:2011, Prince George's County Administrative Building  flooding          

               Prince George's County operates under a short-sighted, land-as-an-infinitely-replaceable-resource development strategy. It follows from this thinking that open space, woodlands and anything unpaved is a worth-little resource that needs enhancement that comes the creation of a few short term construction jobs and a lot of long term costly problems. The county's ideas and practices about development ideas often eliminate or significantly compromise ecosystem resources and the associated ecological services. As the residents of many parts of the county already know from the storms in 2011, the wanton destruction of natural area habitats results in fragmented, degraded or destroyed. In the case of Broad Creek, Edmonston and Upper Marlboro ecological hydrologic systems are altered significantly thereby causing more volatile flows and water level fluctuations and in addition reducing water quality. Necessary, increasing and inevitable development across the county beg for approaches to development that address and reduce adverse ecological impacts so that through conservation objectives sustainable communities can be achieved.[1] 
               Somehow, Prince George's County's governing elite has been led to believe that preservation of ecological systems (ecosystems) is a tool of those who would hinder or obstruct economic progress in the county. So they dismiss out of hand suggestions of conservation and wind up with massive flooding that residents and businesses have to deal with - repeatedly over the years long after the few dollars were made to build the original project. In an effort to paint all conservationists as anti development, the county's political leadership allows others to maintain quality ecosystems by externalizing their environmentally unfriendly projects onto us such as the coal waste disposal site in Brandywine.[2] Other counties encourage open space; we pave it over. Prince George's County builds what other counties do not want. Instead of a national intelligence university campus as proposed for Bethesda we get storage lockers.[3]  

               Flooding comes from tampering with storm management systems that were designed for specific flow loads. Building house on springs and office building on former swamps is not a rational idea though Prince George's County thinks expedient construction at any short term benefit outweighs the floods that follow. For those Prince Georgians who felt the water 's fury which resulted from quick fix economic development there are low-interest disaster loans available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit organizations affected by Tropical Storm Lee on Sept. 6 -14, 2011.[4] 

[1] D. M. Mensing1, MS, PWS and K. A. Chapman, PhD. Conservation Development and Ecological Stormwater Management: An Ecological Systems Approach™. Applied Ecological Services, Inc. 21938 Mushtown Road, Prior Lake, MN 55372 [accessed December 25, 2011]
[2] Jeff Stant. 2010. Thirty-one New Damage Cases of Contamination from Improperly Disposed Coal Combustion Waste. . [accessed December 26, 2011]
[3]  US ARMY Corps of Engineers. Miscellaneous Notices [accessed December 26, 2011] 
On behalf of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District has prepared an EA and FNSI for the proposed redevelopment of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency - Sumner Site located in Bethesda, Maryland as the Intelligence Community Campus, Bethesda (ICC-B) site. The EA describes the potential environmental consequences resulting from the proposed redevelopment and operation of the ICC-B. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to develop a collaborative intelligence community campus for the relocation of roughly 3,000 intelligence workers in the Washington National Capital area. The Proposed Action is necessary because: 1) there is a shortage of secured administrative building space in the Washington National Capital area; 2) a shared intelligence community campus supports congressional desires for a collaborative community environment and the consolidation of an intelligence community facility strategy; and 3) it supports the reuse of existing government facilities.
[4] Applications and program information are available by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at             800-659-2955   ( 800-877-8339   for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by sending an email to  Business loan applications can also be downloaded from Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX

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