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Read up on the news from ANS’ Conservation team. Learn about clean water policy in the DC region, citizen science, stream health, forest & meadow restoration at our Woodend Sanctuary, and more.

Electrofishing: Monitoring Stream Health with Fish Surveys

Written by Sarah Becker and Christian SchluterA little before 10:00 am on the morning of August 2nd, a group carrying nets, clad in fishing waders, and wearing backpacks reminiscent of the Ghostbusters franchise’s ‘Proton Packs’, met to hike to Cabin John Creek. This 11-person group of Montgomery Parks Department employees … Continue reading

ANS Comments to Maryland Department of the Environment on Next Round of County Stormwater Permits

On August 25th, ANS along with 38 other organizations and the Choose Clean Water Coalition, submitted a letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) containing recommendations for how success in the next round of stormwater permits for large counties (“Phase I MS4 permits” under the Clean Water Act) … Continue reading

How Healthy is Your Stream?

Every spring, summer, fall, and, optionally, during winter, 180 ANS volunteers fan out across Montgomery County and Washington DC to monitor our local streams. They wade into the water to collect small organisms that live among the rocks on the bottom, hide in the spaces between fallen leaves and roots, … Continue reading

How about a watershed class this fall?

Did you find yourself worrying about your neighborhood creek or stream during the recent storms?  Do you want to learn more about what you can do to make our waterways healthier?  If so, it sounds like you should sign up for the Anacostia Watershed Society’s National Capital Region Watershed Stewards … Continue reading

Action Alert: Save the Clean Water Rule!

The Trump Administration is gutting protections for streams, wetlands, and drinking water. We can’t let this happen. Send a message to the EPA today and tell Administrator Scott Pruitt to keep his hands off of our water!We only have 30 days to stop this dangerous decision and defend our water. … 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

Action Alert: Tell the Transportation Planning Board to Say NO to an Outer Beltway Bridge!

To those who took action by sending a letter to the Montgomery County Council, thank you! Their resolution against an Outer Beltway Bridge passed unanimously this morning. Now, on to the next stage: Tomorrow, from noon – 2 pm, the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, … Continue reading

Say NO to an Outer Beltway Bridge!

A proposed “Outer Beltway” crossing of the Potomac River somewhere north of the current Beltway–what we like to call the “zombie bridge”–has raised its head again. In case you didn’t see it in the Washington Post this morning:A second Potomac River bridge connecting Montgomery County and Northern Virginia — an … Continue reading

ANS comments to Maryland Department of the Environment on draft water quality nutrient trading regulations

On July 6th, ANS joined 17 other organizations and the Choose Clean Water Coalition in submitting comments to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on its proposed draft water quality nutrient trading regulations. Nutrient trading credit could provide a lower-cost way to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, but if … Continue reading

Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Sanctuary Rain Garden is Nearing Completion

On Monday, June 26th, representatives from Montgomery Parks joined ANS for a tour and discussion of the newly installed rain garden at Woodend Sanctuary. Although the rain garden won’t have its ribbon cutting ceremony until later this year, it is rapidly approaching completion. With the perfect warm weather for such … Continue reading