Conservation Policy & Advocacy News Around the Region: Winter 2017 edition

MarylandMore Trees Please!: Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act is a wonderful law, but it has some pretty big loopholes that mean that when developers cut down trees in big tracts of intact forests, sometimes they only have to replant back ¼ as many as were lost (or less!). ANS will be … Continue reading

Spending the money to clean up water pollution: Part 2: Who pays?

This is part 2 of a two-part post discussing DC Water’s Clean Rivers Fee and water pollution charges in general. Part 1 was published yesterday.As I discussed in last week’s post, it has always been expensive to clean up water pollution, and it’s always required commitment, cooperation, and cash. That’s … Continue reading

Spending the money to clean up water pollution: Part 1: A long-running part of the DC region’s history

This is part 1 of a two-part post discussing DC Water’s Clean Rivers Fee and water pollution charges in general. Part 2 will be published tomorrow.Recent controversy about DC Water’s Clean Rivers Fee (Washington Post opinion piece, News 4 I-team investigation) had me thinking about what a long, hard battle … Continue reading

Action Alert: More Trees, Please! Let’s work together to improve Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act

We love trees—they provide food and shelter for wildlife, filter pollution, provide cleaner air and cooler summer temperatures, increase property values, and reduce polluted runoff. But developers in Maryland are clearing forests at an unsustainable rate. Maryland’s Forest Conservation Act (FCA) is supposed to protect forests from overdevelopment. But the … Continue reading

ANS Comments to Maryland Department of the Environment on Next Round of County Stormwater Permits

On August 25th, ANS along with 38 other organizations and the Choose Clean Water Coalition, submitted a letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) containing recommendations for how success in the next round of stormwater permits for large counties (“Phase I MS4 permits” under the Clean Water Act) … 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

Say NO to an Outer Beltway Bridge!

A proposed “Outer Beltway” crossing of the Potomac River somewhere north of the current Beltway–what we like to call the “zombie bridge”–has raised its head again. In case you didn’t see it in the Washington Post this morning:A second Potomac River bridge connecting Montgomery County and Northern Virginia — an … 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

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