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.
- Woodend Restoration Watch – Forest Restoration at Woodend May 23, 2019As mentioned in my previous blog post, Woodend Restoration Watch: Winter 2018 edition, the Woodend forest has been subjected to multiple stressors over the years. Of these stressors, the most notable has been deer overbrowsing, which has decimated the forest understory and disrupted its successional trajectory by removing young trees.… Continue readingBradley Simpson
- TAKE ACTION: Georgetown Solar Farm Spells Disaster for “Lungs of DC” May 10, 2019UPDATE: TAKE ACTION! Sign a petition started by members of the Piscataway Tribe opposing the solar development. Georgetown University has signed a contract with Origis Energy to build a solar energy project on 240 acres of pristine forest habitat in Charles County, Maryland. This land represents Maryland’s “green thumb,” and… Continue readingAri Eisenstadt
- Meet Ari Eisenstadt, New ANS DC Conservation Advocate and Climate Change Chronicler May 8, 2019Hello folks! My name is Ari Eisenstadt and I am ANS’s new Conservation Advocate for the District of Columbia. I moved to the Petworth neighborhood of DC from my hometown, Brooklyn, in August 2018. Since then, I’ve ridden an electric scooter, become dad to a whirlwind of a cat named… Continue readingAri Eisenstadt