Take Action: Tell MoCo Council to keep up the work on cleaning our streams!

Leaving a strong environmental legacy is something most of us want to do for the next generation.  For elected officials, that legacy can reach far over time and space. 2018 is the last year of the three-term administration of Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett. For most of the past … 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

Rain Gardening- in Your Own Backyard!

By ANS Volunteer Chiara D’AndreaHave you ever wondered what you might do to help conserve the waterways in our area? If so, then creating a rain garden or conservation landscape is a great option for you!  Recently Emily Franc of Anacostia Riverkeeper, and Carla Ellern, RainScapes Planner from Montgomery County’s … Continue reading

Electrofishing: Monitoring Stream Health with Fish Surveys

Written by Sarah Becker and Christian SchluterA little before 10:00 am on the morning of August 2nd, a group carrying nets, clad in fishing waders, and wearing backpacks reminiscent of the Ghostbusters franchise’s ‘Proton Packs’, met to hike to Cabin John Creek. This 11-person group of Montgomery Parks Department employees … 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

How Healthy is Your Stream?

Every spring, summer, fall, and, optionally, during winter, 180 ANS volunteers fan out across Montgomery County and Washington DC to monitor our local streams. They wade into the water to collect small organisms that live among the rocks on the bottom, hide in the spaces between fallen leaves and roots, … Continue reading

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: Save Willett Branch Stream Buffer!

Montgomery Parks has a beautiful park planned for the Willett Branch in the Westbard Sector. The residents of the Housing Opportunity Commission’s Westwood Tower Apartments will be big winners with this park, enjoying the benefits of nature, a sparkling restored creek, pedestrian trails that connect to the Capital Crescent Trail … Continue reading