Harford County’s Development Advisory Board (DAC) is in the process of approving the destruction of 326 acres of mature forests in the Bush River Watershed. This forest contains the headwaters and majority of Haha Branch before it runs under Routes 7 and 40 and empties into Otter Point Creek. Haha Branch is an important tributary of both the Bush River and Chesapeake Bay Watersheds. The loss of such a valuable ecosystem would perhaps be justified in order to build a hospital, school or YMCA which would benefit the community. But rather, it will be paved over to build warehouses and large parking lots. Interestingly, there are currently 32 vacant warehouses in Joppa alone.