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

Bay Journal Article: Flaws alleged in MD localities’ stormwater plans

The Chesapeake Bay Journal wrote about our letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment about the inadequacies in many of the counties’ plans for funding to prevent polluted runoff: The legislative compromise that resolved the controversy over  Maryland’s unpopular “rain tax” is failing to live up to its promise, … 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

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

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

Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Sanctuary is Building a Tree Safe Rain Garden

If you’ve driven through the Audubon Naturalist Society‘s Woodend Sanctuary this month you’ve probably seen some construction workers, trucks and a fenced off area along the right hand side of the drive. We are very pleased to announce that in our continuing commitment to the environment to keep more stormwater … 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