Conservation Policy & Advocacy News Around the Region: September Edition

Check out some of the big news, success stories, and advocacy efforts of your ANS staff and volunteers over the last few months…NationalThe attacks of the Trump Administration and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on environmental protections continue. In July, Pruitt formally began the process of rolling back the Clean Water … Continue reading

Press Release: ANS WILL “WATCHDOG” PURPLE LINE DEVELOPMENT

“Mourns loss of forest that mitigates climate change and pollution”FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – August 30, 2017CONTACT: caroline.brewer@anshome.org or 301-652-9188 x 23 for more informationChevy Chase, MD – In response to news that the Purple Line developers broke ground this week, Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) Executive Director Lisa Alexander issued the … 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

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