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PWCAPrince William Conservation Alliance

Community Report
April 6, 2015
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Rethinking the BiCounty Parkway

BiCounty Parkway in the News

8th Annual Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm - April 12 beginning at 10am

VA Bluebells at Merrimac Farm

Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm
Click here to view the tour schedule and more info.

Please join us at Merrimac Farm this Sunday, April 12, beginning at 10am to welcome spring, discover nature close to home, and view a spectacular display of Virginia Bluebells.

Naturalist-led tours will depart every 20 minutes. Each takes an easy one-mile walk through the floodplain to Cedar Run, where Virginia Bluebells carpet the banks.

Each tour has a special focus, although leaders also cover other interesting sights you see along the way.

A variety of local organizations will have displays and lead hands-on activities for kids of all ages.

With some of the best Northern Virginia naturalists leading tours and activities, we're looking forward to a special day at an outstanding natural area.

We hope you can join us. Bring binoculars, cameras and the kids!

Red-tailed Hawk

Volunteer - Wildlife Garden Workdays at Merrimac Farm

We planted more than 50 trees and shrubs this last spring and the wildlife garden is taking shape. We are ready for spring!

Now we need to keep up the good work. Planting is a tough job, but all is easily lost without long-term maintenance. Please join us for a morning of weeding, pruning, watering, and wildlife watching.

Upcoming Dates:
Tues, April 21, 9am
Sat, May 2, 9am
Tues, May 5, 9am
Sat, May 16, 9am
Tues, May 26, 9am
Sun, May 31, 2pm

Questions? Contact us at 703.499.4954 or alliance@

PDR's in the News

[Fauquier] County will pay $675,000, eliminating 27 building lots
Fauquier Now; November 2014
Fauquier’s purchase of development rights program will pay four landowners a total of $675,000. In exchange, the county guarantees that another 624 rural acres will remain undeveloped.


Rethinking the BiCounty Parkway

Our locally-elected county supervisors have an opportunity to solve existing traffic congestion problems.

Two years ago, the Virginia Department of Transportation pushed hard to build the Bi-County Parkway. All drivers in Prince William have been stuck in traffic, and we often grasp at any straw, but that "road to the wrong side of Dulles" would divert funds away from fixing Route 28 and other higher priorities.

The supervisor from the district that would be most affected by the road, Pete Candland, will initiate the process on Tuesday to remove the road from the county's Comprehensive Plan.

That's a good proposal. We need to focus transportation planning and funding on solutions that will fix the serious traffic congestion problems in Prince William, not subsidize speculative land development projects in Loudoun County.

Deleting the Bi-County Parkway from the Prince William County map, so transportation funding can be directed towards other areas, is only half of the solution.

The land along the Bi-County Parkway route is zoned for agricultural use and is in the County's protected rural area, dubbed the Rural Crescent. It offers a great opportunity for Prince William to implement a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program, comparable to the program in Fauquier County.

Purchase of development rights would place the land into permanent easement. That would facilitate productive agricultural operations in the Rural Area - and help guarantee that the "vampire road" will never rise from the dead.

Share your views with Prince William Supervisors:

Corey Stewart, Chairman at-Large 

Pete Candland, Gainesville District

Jeanette Lawson, Brentsville District

Marty Nohe, Coles District

Mike May, Occoquan District

Maureen Caddigan, Potomac District 

Frank Principi, Woodbridge District 

John Jenkins, Neabsco District


Politics Overshadows Debate Over Bi-County Parkway In Virginia
WAMU; April 2 2015
While the fate of the parkway ultimately may hinge on whether an agreement can be reached with federal park officials, the project also requires local support, which may be ebbing in light of the VDOT letter. “It’s up to Prince William County Board of Supervisors to put the final stake in its heart,” Hugo said. Peter Candland, Prince William Gainesville District Supervisor, will introduce a resolution on April 7 to remove the north-south parkway concept from the county’s comprehensive plan.

Stewart: Bi-County Parkway project is dead
InsideNova; March 31 2015
Stewart made the announcement in an interview and subsequent press release after learning earlier today that the VA Dept of Transportation is no longer pursuing a federal “programmatic agreement” and environmental approvals for the proposed $400 million roadway.

Local support is waning for building the Bi-County Parkway
Greater Greater Washington; April 2 2015
While not pursuing an agreement with the National Park Service or completing the environmental studies at this time, the McAuliffe administration intends to evaluate the Bi-County Parkway through the project rating system outlined in legislation passed by last year's General Assembly, known as HB2.

Bi-County Parkway action draws mixed analyses from Loudoun elected officials
Loudoun Times; April 2 2015
Is the Bi-County Parkway project, a controversial north-south thoroughfare linking Loudoun and Prince Williams counties, dead? That depends who you ask.

VDOT gives up on Bi-County Parkway
Prince William
Times; March 31 2015
Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart has announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is no longer pursuing the Programmatic Agreement or the environmental approvals necessary to build the Bi-County Parkway.

Bi-County Parkway foes optimistic that state letter means project is dead
Washington Post; April 1 2015
But state transportation officials said that any speculation about the project’s fate is premature, and on Wednesday, they reiterated that no decision has been made on the proposed 10-mile roadway that would link Loudoun and Prince William counties.

Local leaders debate how to ease Loudoun, Prince William counties’ traffic
WTOP; April 3 2015
As opponents of the Bi-County Parkway celebrate the placing of the project into a holding pattern, local leaders are debating what fixes can actually be put in place to ease traffic between Loudoun and Prince William counties.

Va. homeowners fight against proposed Bi-County Parkway
WUSA; April 1 2015
A controversial proposed 10 mile Bi-County Parkway connecting Prince William County, Dulles Airport and Loudoun County is 'effectively dead', according to Virginia lawmakers. But the Virginia Department of Transportation said that's not the case.

Funeral for a Vampire Road?
Your Piece of the Planet; April 1 2015
The headline is “Bi-County Parkway project is dead.” Maybe, but it’s only in stasis right now. There was a press conference held today at Sudley United Methodist Church to announce that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is no longer pursuing completion of the project – but hey, it was April 1…