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Environmental Advisory Council (EAC)

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Environmental Advisory Council (EAC)

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners (“Board”) established the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) in 2004. The EAC serves as an advisory body to the Board on issues of environmental concern.

Purpose and Function
Chapter 31 of the Carroll County Code outlines the purpose of the Environmental Advisory Council as follows:
  1. To participate in the development of broad policy plans designed to guide the County's environmental future.
  2. To review specific issues of environmental concern and assist the Board of County Commissioners to protect Carroll County's environmental heritage, conserve Carroll County's natural resources, and restore environmentally degraded areas within Carroll County.
  3. To advise the Board of County Commissioners and the citizens of Carroll County of actions that could be taken to improve the quality of the environment in Carroll County, as well as of any that may threaten it.
  4. To assist with environmental educational efforts.
  5. To serve as the County Tree Commission.
The EAC operates according to the provisions its bylaws and of Chapter 31. The EAC's mission is as follows:

The EAC is dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship by providing environmentally, socially, and economically responsible recommendations and/or information to the Board of County Commissioners on environmental issues relevant to Carroll County and also by public outreach and education.

The EAC consists of nine (9) volunteer members that are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to staggered 4-year terms. Members are a cross section of residents of Carroll County generally representing agricultural, business, development, environmental communities, and citizens-at-large.

The current members are:
  • Karen Leatherwood, Chair
  • Frank Vleck, Vice Chair
  • Curtis Barrett
  • Ellen Cutsail
  • Jesse Drummond
  • Charlene Norris
  • Craig Paskoski
All regular monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month and will be held in Reagan Room (003) of the County Office Building unless otherwise noted. Afternoon meetings will be held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Evening meetings will be held from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Notice of each meeting will be sent to local media prior to each meeting and also will appear on the website ( under meetings/agendas). The meeting schedule for the year, upcoming meeting agenda, and minutes from prior meetings are available under the Meetings links below

Work Plan
The EAC develops a proposed work plan each year. The proposal describes the projects for the upcoming calendar year that the EAC would like to pursue or for which they have received direction from the Board requesting their assistance. The EAC and Board of County Commissioners discuss the proposed projects in an annual joint meeting at the beginning of each year. Once the Board concurs with the proposed work plan, the work plan is finalized. The annual joint meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 1:00 PM in the Reagan Room. The agenda will include reviewing the 2017 Annual Report (which summarizes the EAC’s activities for the previous year) and the proposed 2018 Work Plan.

Click below to review the items:

Environmental Awareness Awards

The purpose of the awards program is to promote awareness of the environment and acknowledge exemplary accomplishments in the protection, conservation, and improvement of our environmental resources. The Carroll County Commissioners adopted the Environmental Awareness Awards program in 1990 to recognize individuals and groups that have demonstrated these qualities through their actions or projects. Awards are presented biennially to individuals and groups chosen from nominees submitted for consideration by their peers, although self-nominations will be accepted.

Awards will be given in five categories for 2018 – Individual, Agriculture, Student, Business, and Institution. Nomination information and materials are available below. The deadline for submission will be March 1, 2018. Winners will be recognized and presented their awards by the Board of County Commissioners and the EAC in April 2018.

Three options are available for accessing and submitting nominations. First, review the nomination guidelines and criteria. Then, choose an option below for filling out and submitting the nomination form.

  1. Download the standard PDF, fill it out by hand, and mail it in
  2. Download the interactive PDF, fill it out on your computer, and e-mail it in
  3. Fill out the online form

You may nominate yourself or someone else. Nominations are due by March 1, 2018.

If you would like to post a small poster or distribute flyers about the awards nomination, please feel free to download the poster (PDF). They are formatted for 11x17 printing, but can also be printed at 8 ½ x 11 or e-mailed to other people.

Related Documents:

Environmental Stewardship in Carroll County

The EAC prepared a booklet that highlights many of the activities, programs, and policies that demonstrate Carroll’s commitment to and stewardship for the environment. Originally created in 2014, and updated in 2015 and 2017, the booklet will be updated every other year. To view the booklet, please click on the link below.

Environmental Stewardship in Carroll County Booklet (August 1, 2017) (6.5 MB)

Workshop: Homeowners & Stormwater

The EAC sponsor a public workshop designed to equip Carroll County homeowners with knowledge of how to minimize stormwater runoff from residential properties and prevent stormwater pollution. The workshop will be held every two years. The last workshop was held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Carroll Community College.

For more information, please visit the webpage for the Homeowners & Stormwater Workshop.

Workshop: Carroll County Businesses for Clean Water

On January 5, 2016, the EAC sponsored a free workshop designed to equip Carroll County businesses with knowledge of the good housekeeping and best management practices (BMPs) that will protect water quality and prevent issues for these businesses in the future. See the workshop site for information and materials.


Individuals that desire to contact the EAC with a concern or suggestion may do so by calling 410-386-2506 or through email at

  • Staff Liaison/Secretary: Brenda Dinne
  • Administrative Support: Karen Miller

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