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

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

Citizen Science at Woodend Nature Sanctuary

You’ve probably heard about the ANS citizen scientists who have been monitoring streams in our region for 25 years.  These water protectors sound the alarm on threats to water quality.  But did you know there are several citizen science efforts happening at Woodend?  As we gear up to restore plant … Continue reading

ANS Delivers Report on Stream Health in Montgomery County, MD 2010-2015

ANS delivered the Report on Stream Health in Montgomery County, MD 2010-2015 and the data it describes to Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Maryland Department of the Environment. Water Quality Monitoring Program Coordinator Cathy Wiss briefed each of these agencies on ANS’ programs, … Continue reading

ANS Meets Audubon Estates in Northern Virginia

This month, ANS VA Conservation Advocate Monica Billger developed and participated in a Communities for Clean Streams event in an under served community in Northern Virginia.  The Audubon Estates community sits along Little Hunting Creek, a highly degraded stream in Fairfax County.  A mobile home community with over 700 trailers … Continue reading