Letters & Testimony

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

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

ANS comments to Maryland Department of the Environment on Montgomery County’s stormwater permit

ANS joined 16 other organizations, including the Stormwater Partners Network of Montgomery County (which ANS serves as Vice-Chair), in asking the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to ensure that the process for issuing a new stormwater permit for Montgomery County is fair, open to the public, and results in … Continue reading

ANS comments in favor of better stormwater management for a Deep Green Purple Line

By ANS Conservation Director Eliza Cava Last week, ANS submitted a comment letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Maryland Department of the Environment on their combined environmental permits for the proposed Purple Line. If constructed, the Purple Line would come close to … Continue reading

Paying to Fix Stormwater Pollution in Prince George’s County

As ANS’ Stormwater Consultant Bruce Gilmore described in his recent post, “How Are Maryland Counties Going to Pay to Fix Stormwater Pollution?“, it’s important that counties meet their responsibilities to manage stormwater under state and federal law. On October 11th Bruce attended a hearing of the Prince George’s County Council … Continue reading

How Are Maryland Counties Going to Pay to Fix Stormwater Pollution?

By Bruce Gilmore, ANS Stormwater Advocacy Consultant In 2012 Maryland passed a first-of-its kind law enacting a new stormwater charge to manage stormwater pollution, improve water quality, and reduce flooding, etc. Unfortunately, last year the legislature overturned the statewide charge, but counties are still required to reduce the pollution. How … Continue reading

ANS Asks Montgomery County Council to Support Full Funding for Montgomery Parks’ Stormwater Projects through the Water Quality Protection Fund

Letter from Lisa Alexander, Executive Director of Audubon Naturalist Society to Montgomery County Councilmembers Floreen, Leventhal and Reimer. April 14, 2016 Dear Councilmembers Floreen, Leventhal, and Riemer, Audubon Naturalist Society strongly supports full funding for stormwater programs and projects, particularly projects that use green infrastructure solutions such as rain gardens … Continue reading

ANS Opposes the SHA Proposed Salt Barn on the Edge of Rock Creek Wooded Stream Buffer

Audubon Naturalist Society joins with the Rock Creek Hills Citizens’ Association in opposing the State Highway Administration’s (SHA) proposed Salt Barn to be located on the edge of the Lower Rock Creek watershed, and requests full and immediate disclosure by SHA of alternate locations considered. ANS letter opposing the SHA … Continue reading

ANS Joins Civic Groups to Express Concern about environmental impacts of Goldsboro Place development

Read Audubon Naturalist Society’s (ANS) letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment (dated March 10, 2016) opposing the Goldsboro Place project and asking that the development permit be denied –  ltr from ANS to Hira Shrestha of MDE requesting denial of proposed permit for Goldsboro project. To read more about … 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