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Read up on the news from ANS’ Conservation team. Learn about clean water policy in the DC region, citizen science, stream health, forest & meadow restoration at our Woodend Sanctuary, and more.

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

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

Take Action: NoVA Needs Clean Water, not Bad Bridges!

WHAT’s HAPPENING? This Thursday, October 12th the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) will be voting to update a long range transportation plan that will include funding for future projects.WHY DO I CARE? Bridges, roads, rails and transit – what do all of these have in common in VA? According to … Continue reading

My Experience as a Conservation Mapping Intern at ANS

Working for the Audubon Naturalist Society at Woodend Sanctuary this summer has been a truly great learning opportunity. I have met new and interesting people, gained new insights, and learned much more about stream conservation and ecology than I had ever imagined I would.As a conservation intern, my job was to … Continue reading