Washington, DC’s Palisades Citizens Association takes on Pepco with Mayor Fenty:
Last night, the Palisades Citizens Association (PCA) held a community meeting and voiced their long-standing concerns in front of Mayor Adrian Fenty and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh about their battles with Pepco to preserve the Palisades neighborhood tree canopies.
The Palisades is situated towards the northern edge of Georgetown, adjacent to the Potomac River in the upper Northwest quadrant. It is a quiet area that has managed to resist “urbanized” advances to maintain its “small town” feel; as well as remain a neighborhood with one of the highest concentrations of green spaces and foliage in the city – to include legacy trees several decades old. Earlier this year, Pepco had launched the “Palisades Enhanced Reliability Project” to improve electrical reliability performance in the area. Unfortunately, this project involves removing trees and/or trimming them down heavily into a “Y” shape, which not only damages the tree but the overall aesthetics of the landscape as well.