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It’s Time to put more Focus on Watershed’s Healthy Streams – by Al Todd, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Most understand, intuitively, that the ability to clean up the Chesapeake Bay is dependent on what we accomplish in its 64,000 square mile watershed. The watershed is the primary focus for the improvements (BMPs) that comprise the complex strategies the government agencies are using to reduce pollution from the land … Continue reading

Audubon Naturalist Society testified in front of the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Committee during a public hearing seeking community input on environmental priorities.

On January 12th, 2016 – Monica Billger, Virginia Conservation Advocate of the Audubon Naturalist Society testified in front of the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Committee during a public hearing seeking community input on environmental priorities. Her testimony is shown below: “Thank you for your service to our community and for giving … Continue reading

Funding Clean Water: A Tale of Two Counties

By: Diane Cameron, Former Director, ANS Conservation ProgramsNovember 2015 was notable for stormwater funding in Maryland. In the space of two days, November 16 and 17, two counties took actions affecting their local clean water funds. Montgomery County provided certainty and stability to its large and growing clean water program … Continue reading

ANS Joins With Other Organizations in Petition To Clean Up the Anacostia River

Last week, a group of organizations, including Audubon Naturalist Society petitioned the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to revise the total maximum daily load (TMDL) for trash in the Anacostia River watershed. The existing plan uses a removal-based approach which … Continue reading

Montgomery’s Water Quality Protection Charge and Fund: Crucial to All Who Need Clean Water

By: Diane Cameron, former ANS Conservation Program DirectorDo you drive on roads that are free from major flooding problems even during heavy rains?  Do you rely on having clean water when you turn on the tap?  Do you support the restoration of local streams with constructed wetlands, rain gardens, and other … Continue reading