Action Alert: More Trees Please! Volunteers Power Conservation Advocacy for Maryland Forests

A few weeks ago, I joined a handful of other volunteers for a meeting with ANS Conservation Director Eliza Cava and consultant Bruce Gilmore at ANS offices in Chevy Chase, MD.  The purpose of the meeting was to inspire a group of volunteers to act as “an ANS coordinating committee … Continue reading

Action Alert: Outer Beltway Bridge Threatens our Drinking Water Supply – UPDATE!

From Elyzabeth Earnley, ANS Member and Volunteer********************UPDATE.  Victory! On December 20, 2017, the regional Transportation Planning Board resoundingly voted in support of five initiatives to address long-term regional transportation needs: The outer beltway, including a new Potomac bridge crossing, was NOT one of the initiatives advanced. The five initiatives that … Continue reading

Rain Gardening- in Your Own Backyard!

By ANS Volunteer Chiara D’AndreaHave you ever wondered what you might do to help conserve the waterways in our area? If so, then creating a rain garden or conservation landscape is a great option for you!  Recently Emily Franc of Anacostia Riverkeeper, and Carla Ellern, RainScapes Planner from Montgomery County’s … Continue reading

Middle School Student Reflects on Learning – and Teaching – about Water Quality Monitoring

By Alison TrackmanVolunteering with the Audubon Naturalist Society has truly been a wonderful experience.  I was looking for a service project that was appropriate for my age.  ANS’s water quality monitoring program was a great option because it is not only for all ages, but it is extremely interesting for … Continue reading

ANS Comments On EPA’s Evaluation of Existing Regulations

As part of his mission to roll back environmental protections, Trump Administration EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sought “recommendations about potential repeal, replacement, or modification” of existing regulations. EPA regulations are meant to protect the public and are generally the product of months, if not years, of careful study and analysis. … Continue reading

ANS comments on Montgomery County’s proposed Concept Sewer Service Policy for RE-1 Zoned Areas with Septic Systems older than 1975

The Montgomery County Council proposed that the County Water and Sewer Plan have a policy that extends sewer service to rural RE-1 zoned areas with septic systems older than 1975, which are presently outside of the adopted sewer envelope. While ANS appreciates that the Concept Policy includes an attempt to address … Continue reading

ANS comments on proposed Mallows Bay – Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary (NMS)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has prepared a draft environmental impact statement/management plan that considers three boundary alternatives for the proposed designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River as an National Marine Sanctuary.  ANS members and supporters consider Mallows Bay to be a valuable and unique … Continue reading

ANS comments on Anacostia Park Draft Management Plan

The Anacostia Park Draft Management Plan examines four alternatives for managing one of Washington, DC’s largest and most important parks for the next 15 to 20 years. ANS members and supporters consider Anacostia Park and its constituent parts a valuable community resource, and support managing it in such a way as to … Continue reading

ANS comments on Rock Creek Park Nature Center Complex Development Concept Plan

The National Park Service is considering several different concept plans to redevelop the Nature Center and Maintenance Yard area off Oregon Avenue and Military Road NW in Rock Creek Park.ANS staff and supporters endorse “Concept 2: Fix It” of the Development Concept Plan, provided there is minimal expansion of built … Continue reading