EQAC Presents 2011 Annual Report on the Environment

Jan. 4, 2012

News Highlights

  • Priority recommendations focus on need for continuing long-term financial support to sustain environmental programs.
  • Complete 2011 report and summary available online.

The Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) presented its annual report to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 6. The 2011 Annual Report on the Environment ” provides an overview of environmental conditions and programs in the county and offers recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The report covers 2010, but also includes significant actions from 2011.

In the report, EQAC Chairman Stella Koch thanked the board for its continued strong support of environmental programs, noting, “We understand that although budget constraints lessened this year they continue to impact all programs within the county.” She emphasized the importance of environmental programs, “to maintain the high quality of life we have in Fairfax County and the high standards we have set for ourselves.” In addition to good schools and jobs, quality of life is also about having a clean and healthy environment for residents to live and recreate in.

EQAC’s priority recommendations:

  • Increase the Stormwater Service District rate in FY 2013 by a penny, from a rate of 1.5 cents per $100 assessed real estate value to 2.5 cents per $100. This would provide more funding for modest watershed improvement programs and a somewhat more realistic infrastructure replacement timeline.
  • Establish an Environmental Improvement Program projects fund similar to the Information Technology fund.
  • Modify the Comprehensive Plan to better utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to integrate the latest Comprehensive Plan changes and make those changes accessible.

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

Fairfax County uses its “Environmental Improvement Program” (EIP) 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. The EIP has received a National Association of Counties Achievement Award.

EQAC’s 2011 Annual Report and reports from previous years are available online. More information about EQAC is online or call the Department of Planning and Zoning, 703-324-1380, TTY 711, or email eqac@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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