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

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

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

Take Action: Tell the state and federal agencies to Deep Green the Purple Line!

Strong public transit that reduces car use and urban sprawl is an essential part of protecting our region’s land and water. But when new transit infrastructure is built, it must be done right. Right now, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the Maryland … 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

ANS comments in favor of better stormwater management for a Deep Green Purple Line

By ANS Conservation Director Eliza Cava Last week, ANS submitted a comment letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Maryland Department of the Environment on their combined environmental permits for the proposed Purple Line. If constructed, the Purple Line would come close to … 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

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