Letters & Testimony

Read comment letters and testimony delivered by ANS staff, board members, and volunteers on important conservation issues around our region.

Press Release: ANS WILL “WATCHDOG” PURPLE LINE DEVELOPMENT

“Mourns loss of forest that mitigates climate change and pollution”FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – August 30, 2017CONTACT: caroline.brewer@anshome.org or 301-652-9188 x 23 for more informationChevy Chase, MD – In response to news that the Purple Line developers broke ground this week, Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) Executive Director Lisa Alexander issued the … 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

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

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 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

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

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