Most of the arguments against the Purple Line light rail project have been split between the people who will need to vacate their businesses or homes on account of the construction or the residents that don't want noise and construction in their backyard. Add a new group to the opposition: environmentalists. The last environmental impact study failed to mention that the endangered Hay's Spring amphipod living in Rock Creek Park might be affected by Purple Line construction. The shrimp-like creature has been under federal protection since the early 1980s and only lives in very clean water. Now those who take issue with the project for other reasons have a crustacean to place on their badges of opposition.
· Purple Line's obscure obstacle: The endangered Hay's Spring amphipod [WaPo]
· Updating the Purple Line Controversy Count [CDC]
· Current Controversy Count For the Upcoming Purple Line [CDC]