Environment - Allison Pickard for County Council District 2

Environment

A Strong Stewardship for Our Environment in Anne Arundel County and Maryland

Maryland’s natural resources are some of our greatest treasures and also an economic engine for our region. There’s never been a more important time to dedicate our efforts to clean air, clean water, and renewable energy sources. The health of our children, communities, and future is inextricably linked to the health of our local environment and resources.

I believe that three of the most pressing environmental issues facing Anne Arundel County today are storm water management, critical area conservation, and sustainable development. If elected, I would respond to these issues in the following ways:

  • Storm Water Management:  I will work to protect our current very successful storm water management program in Anne Arundel County. I have reached out to the program director to request a time to meet to further educate myself our efforts.
  • Critical Area Conservation: I would use my oversight on the Council to focus on enforcement of critical area rules and land use laws.
  • Sustainable Development: I will work to leverage the upcoming General Development Plan and Small area plan process to craft a new plan for Anne Arundel County that works to promote sustainable development and strengthens enforcement efforts geared toward solid environmental stewardship.

I would like to see more opportunities for the public participation in the General Development Plan (GDP) process as well. This should include presentations at HOA/ Community group meetings. I feel that the public should be informed about what each small area plan has accomplished and that the GDP should work to receive input about where to go moving forward. Other platforms for public involvement that are easily accessible should also be considered, such as; webinars, podcasts, etc.