Strategic Direction

Strategic Direction for the Environmental Commission

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Introduction:

Chapter 19.04 of the 1978 Annapolis City Code establishes the statutory authority of the Annapolis Environmental Commission (AEC).  The Commission is comprised of nine city residents appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by majority vote of the city council, and serve for a three-year term.  This group of concerned citizens is committed to retaining and restoring the environmental quality of the city.  AEC meets monthly to discuss issues and organize activities to fulfill its mission and meet its strategic priorities.

Mission:

To promote the protection and improvement of the natural health and welfare of the environment of the City of Annapolis through public education, community service and participation in city environmental policy.

Vision:

That its residents see the quality of life in the City of Annapolis as much connected to its environmental assets of clean water, air, trees and green space as to its economic and civic offerings.

Objectives:

To meet this mission and realize this vision the AEC seeks to:

  • Educate citizens through the development and distribution of printed and multi-media materials
  • Conduct and coordinate environmental restoration and enhancement projects
  • Facilitate communication across city government departments and with citizens and residence associations to integrate environmental considerations into decision-making
  • Provide input and review into major projects and legislation that may potentially affect the environmental quality of the city
  • Implement and measure the accomplishment of the recommendations of the Mayor's Environmental Problem Solving Team

Strategic Priorities:

  1. Improve the Coordination between City Governmental Departments
    • Action - provide a forum for various city departments and staff to coordinate environmental efforts and address environmental issues
    • Action - promote positions on departments staffs dedicated fully or in part to ensure that environmental planning and protection are integrated into capitol improvement and other development projects
  2. Increase the Enforcement of Environmental Laws
    • Action - assist City DPW staff to address new storm water management regulations
    • Action - assist in the development of creative approaches to improve storm water management and soil and erosion control
    • Action - assist in the development of communications tools and citizen activities to address water quality issues such as improper disposal of toxic substances, S&E control failures, and nutrient runoff reduction
  3. Restore and Enhance the City's Natural Environment
    • Action - conduct and support Greenscape projects that:
      • Increase wetland habitat
      • Restore shoreline vegetation
      • Beautify the City
    • Action - conduct and support projects that improve storm water management and the maintenance of existing structures
    • Action - conduct and support projects that utilize natural processes and bioretention as storm water management solutions
    • Action - support and participate in an inventory of open space and street trees to identify opportunities for protecting and enhancing the City's green infrastructure
    • Action - conduct shoreline and shallow water vegetation restoration projects to reduce erosion and return habitats
  4. Engage Citizens and Neighborhoods in Watershed Management and Planning Activities
    • Action - assist in developing and supporting comprehensive watershed management programs in the City's primary watershed areas-Weems, College, Spa and Back creeks.
    • Action - work with community groups and associations to participate in watershed planning and to conduct restoration actions
    • Action - produce information that can help be a catalyst to building project team and public support
  5. Improve Communication with The City Council
    • Action - develop a set of environmental indicators to communicate the "State of the environment" in Annapolis (model after CBF or another community "quality of life" indicators
    • Action - establish an annual "Report to the Council" (accompanied by a oral report to the members) that states accomplishments, accounts for financial expenditures and communicates top issues for consideration by the Council