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

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

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

Conservation Policy and Advocacy News around the region: June edition

Check out some of the big news, success stories, and advocacy efforts of your ANS staff and volunteers over the last few months…National ⚡️ “ANS joins the Choose Clean Water Coalition Chesapeake Bay Lobby Day”https://t.co/lUjAmmoE4f— AudubonNaturalistSoc (@ANStweets) May 3, 2017 ANS joined the Choose Clean Water Coalition in a Capitol … 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

Take Action: Tell the EPA to keep our water clean!

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public input through May 15th so that it can begin making significant regulatory changes to common sense clean water protections. EPA head Scott Pruitt & President Trump want reform that will remove regulations which “eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation,” or impose excessive economic … Continue reading

Take Action: Green Streets for Clean Water!

ANS and our partner environmental and watershed organizations in Montgomery County strongly support the county’s programs to manage polluted runoff (stormwater) off our paved surfaces. Polluted runoff is the most significant threat to water quality in our streams and creeks, and the only growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake … Continue reading

Take Action: Say thank you for funding clean water!

The thousands of rivers and streams in our communities are part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and supply the Washington, D.C. metro region with a network of drinking water, food, jobs, and recreation for all 6 million of us. Unfortunately, the President’s proposed budget would eliminate the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay … Continue reading

Good Changes for the Environment in Our Hands

By Cathy GrubmanPaving land and cutting trees represent the biggest threats to clean water in our region. Audubon Naturalist Society Conservation Director Eliza Cava informed a group of citizen activists of this fact at the “Watershed Advocacy and Stewardship Training Workshop” at Woodend Sanctuary.The workshop was hosted January 19, 2017 … Continue reading