Action Alert: More Trees Please! Volunteers Power Conservation Advocacy for Maryland Forests

A few weeks ago, I joined a handful of other volunteers for a meeting with ANS Conservation Director Eliza Cava and consultant Bruce Gilmore at ANS offices in Chevy Chase, MD.  The purpose of the meeting was to inspire a group of volunteers to act as “an ANS coordinating committee … Continue reading

Action Alert: Comment on the Rock Creek Park Nature Center Complex Concept Plan by December 15

Here’s another opportunity for you to provide input to the National Park Service on the Concept Plan for redeveloping the Rock Creek Park Nature Center Complex. Several alternatives are being considered and earlier versions of the Plan were modified based on public input.Learn about the alternatives and submit your comments.The … 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

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

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

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