Policy and Advocacy
ANS protects land and water through policy and advocacy. Check out our current campaigns, letters & testimony, and opportunities to TAKE ACTION on our Conservation Blog: conservationblog.anshome.org
Preventing Polluted Runoff: ANS works with Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Fairfax Counties, as well as DC, to help them develop and implement their plans for preventing polluted runoff.
In coalition with a broad network of partner organizations, we meet with the environmental agencies in each jurisdiction, advise them on how to meet their Clean Water Act permits, and help them design their programs to best reach neighborhoods and communities. We also meet with and work to influence state- and federal-level decision makers in agencies and the legislatures to improve the laws and policies that govern how development is managed!
Campaigning for Conservation Victories: ANS has a storied history as the oldest conservation organization in the Washington, DC region.
Today, we continue that tradition of advocacy by focusing on protecting the land and water of our local region.
We helped pass the Montgomery County pesticide lawn ban bill, advocated for transit-oriented development around Tyson’s Corner and, most recently, helped lead the coalition to Save Ten Mile Creek. Now we are keeping a close eye on the proposed Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties to ensure that it meets stringent county standards for managing polluted runoff into streams—if it gets built, it should be a Deep Green Purple Line.
- Take action now and comment on Montgomery County’s General Master Plan! ¡Actúa ahora y comenta en el nuevo Plan Maestro del Condado! January 15, 2020****Update (1/16/20): ANS Submits New General Plan Draft Issues Briefing Report Comments. (Which you can read here). English What is Thrive Montgomery 2050? Thrive 2050 is Montgomery Planning’s campaign to revise and develop the county’s new General Master Plan. This plan will guide decisions on transportation, housing, parkland, and economic growth throughout… Continue readingDenisse Guitarra
- Take action: Shape the design of Richmond Highway redevelopment! January 13, 2020Every redevelopment must have a vision and the best visions include feedback from the community.Fairfax County is seeking your thoughts – now through January 20, 2020 – on how to improve the drafted Urban Design Guidelines for the Richmond Highway Corridor. These guidelines will be used as a reference when… Continue readingRenee Grebe
- Join ANS in demanding environmental impact studies be released on the I-495, I-270 and the American Legion Bridge expansion! December 16, 2019***UPDATE 2.0 (1/8/20): Governor Hogan and BPW Board Member Peter Franchot voted 2-1 in favor of line item 23-GM that seeks to amend the P3 process for soliciting developers before Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) are released. voted in favor of the beltway and I-270 expansion today. To read ANS’s press release click here.***UPDATE… Continue readingDenisse Guitarra