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

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

How about a watershed class this fall?

Did you find yourself worrying about your neighborhood creek or stream during the recent storms?  Do you want to learn more about what you can do to make our waterways healthier?  If so, it sounds like you should sign up for the Anacostia Watershed Society’s National Capital Region Watershed Stewards … 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

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

Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Sanctuary Rain Garden is Nearing Completion

On Monday, June 26th, representatives from Montgomery Parks joined ANS for a tour and discussion of the newly installed rain garden at Woodend Sanctuary. Although the rain garden won’t have its ribbon cutting ceremony until later this year, it is rapidly approaching completion. With the perfect warm weather for such … Continue reading

ANS comments on Montgomery County’s proposed Concept Sewer Service Policy for RE-1 Zoned Areas with Septic Systems older than 1975

The Montgomery County Council proposed that the County Water and Sewer Plan have a policy that extends sewer service to rural RE-1 zoned areas with septic systems older than 1975, which are presently outside of the adopted sewer envelope. While ANS appreciates that the Concept Policy includes an attempt to address … Continue reading

ANS comments on Anacostia Park Draft Management Plan

The Anacostia Park Draft Management Plan examines four alternatives for managing one of Washington, DC’s largest and most important parks for the next 15 to 20 years. ANS members and supporters consider Anacostia Park and its constituent parts a valuable community resource, and support managing it in such a way as to … Continue reading