Environmental Quality Advisory Council Annual Report


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Dec. 12, 2006

Environmental Quality Advisory Council
Presents Annual Report

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors received the Environmental Quality Advisory Council’s (EQAC) annual report at its Dec. 4 meeting. The “Annual Report on the Environment 2006” provides an overview of environmental conditions and programs in the county and provides recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in a variety of environmental areas.

In presenting the report, EQAC Chairman Stella Koch said that the county continues on the right track. She encouraged the officials to maintain their support and funding for the county’s environmental efforts and called for improved integration of these efforts in order to maximize their benefits.
“Protecting and enhancing our precious natural resources is among the highest of the board’s six priorities,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly. “The annual reports we get from EQAC are a great way to track our progress — and we have made progress. However, we can’t rest on our laurels.”

“The number of ‘completed’ and ‘in process’ activities in the EQAC scorecard demonstrates great progress for environmental actions taken by Fairfax County,” said Mason District Supervisor Penelope A. Gross, who chairs the board’s Environmental Committee.

Connolly pointed to several environmental initiatives undertaken in the county. In 2004, the board adopted a comprehensive 20-year environmental agenda, “Environmental Excellence for Fairfax County.” In 2005, the board dedicated one penny on the real estate tax for stormwater management projects. Fairfax County also won a 2006 National Association of Counties Achievement Award for both the environmental agenda and the related “Environmental Improvement Program.” These efforts are designed to integrate and link environmental goals and objectives into all levels of county decision-making and to provide a strategic approach to prioritizing environmental actions for implementation. The documents, “Environmental Excellence for Fairfax County” and “Environmental Improvement Program,” can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/environment/eip.

EQAC’s annual reports serve a threefold purpose:

  • Assisting the Board of Supervisors in evaluating ongoing environmental programs and providing the basis for proposing new programs.
  • Aiding public agencies in coordinating programs to jointly address environmental issues.
  • Informing residents and others who are concerned with environmental issues in Fairfax County.

This year’s report covered land use and transportation; air quality; water resources; solid waste; hazardous materials; ecological resources; wildlife management; and noise, light and visual pollution.

EQAC’s 2006 report is available at the Maps and Publications Sales Office in Suite 156 of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The report will soon be available for review at all county public libraries and also will be posted on EQAC’s Web page, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eqac. For more information about EQAC, visit the EQAC Web page, call the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1380, TTY 711, or send an e-mail to eqac@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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