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.
- ANS Provides Testimony for FY20 Montgomery County Operating budget on behalf increased funding for Montgomery Parks April 19, 2019Last week, ANS submitted a written testimony on FY20 Montgomery County Operating Budget. ANS supports increasing funding for Montgomery County Parks’ budget by $1.7M, out of $4.4M in proposed cuts for this year. ANS also encourages Council to review ways that Parks can continue to reduce its use of pesticides … Continue readingDenisse
- Meet Renee Grebe, ANS’s new Northern Virginia Conservation Advocate April 18, 2019With a last name like Grebe, I was destined to be a birdwatcher. But it was as a teenager, while working my first summer at Girl Scout camp in Pennsylvania, that I saw the bird that truly started it all. I had hiked down to the reservoir during my afternoon … Continue readingRenee Grebe
- Climate change makes the pavement problem worse…trees are the best medicine! April 11, 2019ANS has long been laser-focused on what I like to call the “pavement problem”: every inch of pavement turns rain into stormwater pollution, forever. Think also of the term “blacktop”: pavement is dark and shiny, and it soaks up heat from the sun and then slowly releasing it, leading to … Continue readingEliza Cava