CHEVY CHASE, MD – Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) launches Communities for Clean Streams with a new interactive, mobile-friendly microsite – CleansStreams.anshome.org to support the people and partner organizations in the DC metro area working to protect and restore the region’s streams.
“We want to facilitate a two-way flow of information and ideas online among individuals, communities and partners that support clean streams. By producing more data on stream health, and gathering more voices to speak up for clean water, we are in a unique position to help change individuals’ behavior and local policies to produce cleaner streams in every neighborhood. The Clean Streams website aims to grow clean water stewardship in communities throughout the DC region” said ANS Executive Director Lisa Alexander.
With Communities for Clean Streams, ANS is working to grow the number of clean stream stewards and advocates in the region, influence local clean water policy and, inspire citizens to adopt clean water practices at home. The new microsite is a tool designed to support and inspire people and partners in clean stream stewardship, and to bring attention to the need for cleaner streams in the region.
ANS launched another outreach tool to help engage people in protecting their local streams in June 2015 – the Creek Critters smartphone app. The app, that lets citizens conduct do-it yourself stream health testing, is prominently featured on CleanStreams.anshome.org. Version 2.0 of the app is expected to be released by October 1 and is free in the Apple App Store (iPhone users) and on Google Play (Android devices).
“Version 2.0 provides more critter photos, simplifies the stream health report, and improves the mapping and data submission functions. We made these changes to enhance the user’s experience while testing water quality in local streams.” Said Gregg Trilling, ANS Environmental Education program manager.
As part of the launch of ANS’s Communities for Clean Streams, individuals and partners are being offered a FREE, trial Clean Streams Membership which is valid through May 31, 2016. This trial membership offers many of the same benefits including program and shop discounts enjoyed by current ANS members.
To get the FREE trial ANS Clean Streams Membership, learn more about the Creek Critters app and check out the new site, visit CleanStreams.anshome.org.
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CONTACT: Leslie McDermott, Communications Manager, Audubon Naturalist Society, 301-652-9188 ext. 45, [email protected]