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.

Take Action: Tell the EPA to keep our water clean!

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public input through May 15th so that it can begin making significant regulatory changes to common sense clean water protections. EPA head Scott Pruitt & President Trump want reform that will remove regulations which “eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation,” or impose excessive economic … Continue reading

Take Action: Green Streets for Clean Water!

ANS and our partner environmental and watershed organizations in Montgomery County strongly support the county’s programs to manage polluted runoff (stormwater) off our paved surfaces. Polluted runoff is the most significant threat to water quality in our streams and creeks, and the only growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake … Continue reading

ANS comments in favor of parks and green space in the Bethesda sector plan

ANS sent a letter to the Montgomery County Council in favor of more parks and open space in the Bethesda downtown (sector) plan. In particular, we are in favor of more open space (setting a 10% target over the current 2%), strengthening Greenways that connect neighborhoods with green space along … Continue reading

Take Action: Say thank you for funding clean water!

The thousands of rivers and streams in our communities are part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and supply the Washington, D.C. metro region with a network of drinking water, food, jobs, and recreation for all 6 million of us. Unfortunately, the President’s proposed budget would eliminate the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay … Continue reading

ANS comments on DC’s draft stormwater permit

ANS joined the Natural Resources Defense Council and 12 other organizations in commenting on Washington, DC’s draft stormwater (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, or MS4) permit.Read our comments here: DC MS4 Permit Comments NRDC et al 1-12-17These comments reference a previous letter sent by NRDC, read that here: NRDC Comments … Continue reading

Action Alert: Save Willett Branch Stream Buffer!

Montgomery Parks has a beautiful park planned for the Willett Branch in the Westbard Sector. The residents of the Housing Opportunity Commission’s Westwood Tower Apartments will be big winners with this park, enjoying the benefits of nature, a sparkling restored creek, pedestrian trails that connect to the Capital Crescent Trail … Continue reading

Take Action: Tell the state and federal agencies to Deep Green the Purple Line!

Strong public transit that reduces car use and urban sprawl is an essential part of protecting our region’s land and water. But when new transit infrastructure is built, it must be done right. Right now, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the Maryland … Continue reading