Commission on the Environment

Purpose: To gather environmental concerns from local residents and research related topics, utilizing available public and private resources, and advance appropriate concerns and suggestions to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County; work with appropriate groups and organizations to support the successful implementation of worthy initiatives; develop educational resources and outreach activities; work with civic organizations and the general public to improve, enhance, and preserve the natural resources of St. Mary’s County; and serve as the County’s representation with Federal, State and local organizations in matters related to environmental topics.

The COE broadly interprets the word “environment” to include land, air, and water and how the actions of humans influence the habitat in which we live.

Major Goals

In addition to responding to specific requests from the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County or County agencies, twelve goals were adopted in 2010 and help guide the work and activities of the COE:
1.  Become the County’s focal point for environmental matters.
2. Compose, review, and revise studies and/or reports related to environmental matters and make recommendations to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County.
3. Inform County residents about environment topics and enhance their environmental  awareness.
4. Publicize and advertise environmental topics throughout the County.
5. Educate County residents about environmental impacts on human health.
6. Establish an active, effective network of environmental, economic, land use, enforcement and social organizations and groups.
7. Study and recommend actions the County and its residents can take to be better stewards of the environment.
8. Study and take positions on the County’s potable water quality and quantity.
9. Study and take positions on the health and cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and the plants and animals that these bodies of water support.
10. Promote programs that reduce waste and encourage recycling.
11. Encourage energy conservation and use of alternative energy sources as strategies to slow climate change and reduce air pollution.
12. Educate County residents on landscape practices that reduce sedimentation and chemical and nutrient pollution of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

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