A Short History of CAAN
CAAN has been in operation for 30 years, and some of its members were part of earlier organizations which operated as far back as the 1970's. CAAN’s original objective was to work to reduce aircraft noise in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area. In recent years, we have broadened our horizons to include other forms of pollution, concern for safety at National, and alternative forms of transportation.
CAAN operates as a coalition of community associations from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Its nine member all volunteer board - three from each jurisdiction All decisions are made for the betterment of the region, not just for one jurisdiction.
In the last 25 years, CAAN has had some notable successes like the favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the role of Congress in the operation of our airports. However, these big achievements are the exception. Our work is mostly a process of small steps leading to an eventual change for the better and being a voice for residents on aviation pollution issues.
Here are some of the things we’ve done with help from our supporters:
Currently, we are: