Citizens Association of Georgetown: June 21, 2017

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Communities near the Potomac River have complained about increased air traffic over residential homes. (Brian Kapur/The Current/September 2016)

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a new concept of maximizing the “time over water” for departing and arriving planes flying directly over the Potomac River that it says will mitigate aircraft noise impacts. The problem with that concept is that “time over water” is not necessarily preferable to “time over land” — it all depends on how the flight paths are routed. A historic residential community can be impacted seriously, but flight paths over sewage facilities, commercial areas, parkland or other non-residential areas are different matters. A proper environmental assessment is the only lawful and practical method for determining the potential impacts of the flight paths between Reagan National Airport and the American Legion Bridge 10 miles to the north.

This past Sunday the Citizens Association of Georgetown hosted a free Father’s Day concert, as part of its Concert in the Parks program. The concert featured roots rock/Americana band The Walkaways, and gave families a great opportunity to cool off in Volta Park while enjoying catered picnic options from program sponsor Via Umbria and free Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Families of all ages enjoyed an evening of food, friends, laughter and celebration. The association would like to thank Compass Catering, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Häagen-Dazs for co-sponsoring this amazing event. The final concert of the season will be held Sunday, July 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Rose Park. As always, sponsors will have special treats and activities for cooling off after a long summer’s day.

— Bob vom Eigen and Jacob Schmidt