Environmental Quality Advisory Council Presents Annual Report for 2009


Nov. 19, 2009
OPA 221/09

News Highlights  

  • Report says that a clean and healthy environment contributes to Fairfax County’s high quality of life; asks for continued support while recognizing budget constraints.
  • The complete 2009 report and a summary are available online.

 

The Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) presented its annual report to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its Nov. 16 meeting. The Annual Report on the Environment 2009” provides an overview of environmental conditions and programs in the county and offers recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The report covers 2009, but also includes significant actions from 2008.

In the report, EQAC Chairman Stella Koch states, “EQAC thanks the board for its continued strong support of environmental programs. We understand that budget constraints this year continue to impact all programs within the county and have resulted in some very challenging choices, including those affecting environmental services.”

Among many recommendations, this year’s report highlights four key ones:

  • Increase the Stormwater Service District rate to a penny and a half in order to fund ongoing dam maintenance, infrastructure replacement, water resource monitoring, watershed restoration and educational efforts.
  • Reinstate hazardous waste collection events across the county.
  • Explore whether commitments should be sought from developers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through clean energy or energy conservation.
  • Incorporate additional information into the Integrated Parcel Lifecycle System, including nonresidential land use intensities.

Other topics addressed by the report include global climate change; land use and transportation; air quality; water resources; solid waste; hazardous materials; ecological resources; wildlife management; and noise, light and visual pollution.

EQAC’s annual report serves a threefold purpose:

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

Fairfax County uses its “Environmental Improvement Program” to provide a strategic approach to prioritizing environmental actions for implementation, as well as integrate and link environmental goals and objectives into all levels of county decision-making. In 2006, the county won a National Association of Counties Achievement Award for this program.

Fairfax County is one of the founding members of the national Cool Counties initiative, which was launched in July 2007 in partnership with the Sierra Club, to reduce local governments’ greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

EQAC’s 2009 report and reports from previous years are available online. For more information about EQAC, visit the EQAC Web page, call the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1380, TTY 711, or e-mail eqac@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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