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 joined the Choose Clean Water Coalition in a Capitol Hill Lobby Day to push back against President Trump’s proposed budget that would gut the EPA and cut all Chesapeake Bay Program funding. In the budget bill passed in April, this funding was saved! The Trump Administration and EPA Administrator Pruitt continue to mount constant attacks on environmental regulations and funding, but this is a big win for now.

DC

  • ANS worked with coalition partners to react to a National Park Service draft proposal to redevelop the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Maintenance Yard. Our comments highlighted the critical importance of habitat protection and stormwater management at the top of the ridge, and we’ve since heard that the Park Service may be tentatively releasing new proposals in the fall. Thank you to all ANS members who sent your own comments!

Maryland

  • Big news: The Maryland General Assembly passed a permanent fracking ban! Thanks to the ANS members who travelled to Annapolis for the rally and called and wrote their legislators. YOU helped protect our land and water from natural gas fracking and the pipelines it would bring!
  • In Montgomery County, the Conservation program continues to support and promote green infrastructure with the County Council and Department of Environmental Protection. In April ANS and Potomac Conservancy led a series of County Council Lobby Days with members of local watershed groups to tell our elected officials how important it is to keep Montgomery County a leader in stormwater management.

Virginia

  • Big news: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe strengthened and passed Senate Bill 1398 which will help ensure the proper assessment of Virginia’s coal ash storage facilities prior to their closure. The Governor also signed legislation that will require Alexandria City to upgrade its outdated combined sewer system by 2025. Two wins on important conservation issues fought for by Virginia advocates. Thank you!
  • In Fairfax County, the Conservation program and volunteers testified before the Board of Supervisors several times this spring in favor of clean water, stormwater management, and parks and open space.

About Eliza Cava

Eliza Cava is the ANS Director of Conservation, where she leads our MD & DC policy, advocacy, and conservation outreach work, supervises our citizen science programs and VA advocacy work, and supports Woodend restoration as a demonstration landscape for the region.

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