Eliza Cava

About Eliza Cava

Eliza Cava is the ANS Director of Conservation, where she leads our MD & DC policy, advocacy, and conservation outreach work, supervises our citizen science programs and VA advocacy work, and supports Woodend restoration as a demonstration landscape for the region.

What happened to the trees? An update from the Maryland Legislative Session

Have you been writing postcards and emails to your legislators this Maryland General Assembly Session? Have you made last-minute phone calls asking for #MoreTreesPlease? Perhaps you joined us on the Butterfly Bus to ride to Annapolis and Rally Your Reps to improve the Forest Conservation Act? Thank you!But sadly, despite … Continue reading

Take Action: Tell MoCo Council to keep up the work on cleaning our streams!

Leaving a strong environmental legacy is something most of us want to do for the next generation.  For elected officials, that legacy can reach far over time and space. 2018 is the last year of the three-term administration of Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett. For most of the past … Continue reading

Action Alert: More Trees, Please! Let’s work together to improve Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act

We love trees—they provide food and shelter for wildlife, filter pollution, provide cleaner air and cooler summer temperatures, increase property values, and reduce polluted runoff. But developers in Maryland are clearing forests at an unsustainable rate. Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act (FCA) is supposed to protect forests from overdevelopment. But the … Continue reading

Conservation Policy & Advocacy News Around the Region: Winter 2017 edition

MarylandMore Trees Please!: Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act is a wonderful law, but it has some pretty big loopholes that mean that when developers cut down trees in big tracts of intact forests, sometimes they only have to replant back ¼ as many as were lost (or less!). ANS will be … Continue reading

Spending the money to clean up water pollution: Part 2: Who pays?

This is part 2 of a two-part post discussing DC Water’s Clean Rivers Fee and water pollution charges in general. Part 1 was published yesterday.As I discussed in last week’s post, it has always been expensive to clean up water pollution, and it’s always required commitment, cooperation, and cash. That’s … Continue reading

Spending the money to clean up water pollution: Part 1: A long-running part of the DC region’s history

This is part 1 of a two-part post discussing DC Water’s Clean Rivers Fee and water pollution charges in general. Part 2 will be published tomorrow.Recent controversy about DC Water’s Clean Rivers Fee (Washington Post opinion piece, News 4 I-team investigation) had me thinking about what a long, hard battle … Continue reading

Take Action: NoVA Needs Clean Water, not Bad Bridges!

WHAT’s HAPPENING? This Thursday, October 12th the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) will be voting to update a long range transportation plan that will include funding for future projects.WHY DO I CARE? Bridges, roads, rails and transit – what do all of these have in common in VA? According to … Continue reading

Conservation Policy & Advocacy News Around the Region: September Edition

Check out some of the big news, success stories, and advocacy efforts of your ANS staff and volunteers over the last few months…NationalThe attacks of the Trump Administration and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on environmental protections continue. In July, Pruitt formally began the process of rolling back the Clean Water … Continue reading