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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 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
  • Curtis Barrett
  • Ellen Cutsail
  • Jesse Drummond
  • Amy Krebs
  • Charlene Norris
  • Craig Paskoski
  • Frank Vleck
  • Sandra Zebal
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 was held on January 19, 2017. The agenda included reviewing the 2016 Annual Report (which summarizes the EAC’s activities for the previous year) and the proposed 2017 Work Plan.

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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 were given in five categories for 2016 – Individual, Agriculture, Student, Business, and Institution. In addition, a special category was added for the 2016 awards cycle for Project of the Year in recognition of the collective efforts of the students, institution and its leaders, and business nominated for their participation in the same initiative. Winners were recognized and presented their awards by the Board of County Commissioners and the EAC on April 21st 2016. The recipients of the 2016 awards for each category were as follows:

  • Individual - Gina Felter
  • Institution - Waste Not! Carroll
  • Student - Evan McCarthy, with Honorable Mention to Ryan Rippeon
  • Business - Carroll Scrap LLC
  • Agriculture - Persimmon Tree Farm
  • Project of the Year: "Living Reef Action Campaign" - Brett Hacket & Summer Miles (student participants), Rick Elyar & Michael Wissel (institution leadership participants), Salerno’s Restaurant & Catering (business participant)

See Related Documents below for a description of each recipient’s efforts and initiatives.

In honor of the winners of the 2016 Environmental Awareness Awards, the Board of County Commissioners and the Carroll County Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) celebrated Arbor Day by planting trees at Carroll Community College. Karen Leatherwood, Chair of the EAC led off the ceremony; Commissioner Weaver and Alan Schuman, Executive Vice President of Administration at Carroll Community College, spoke; and Sandra Zebal, Member of the EAC, closed with some words about Arbor Day and the award winners. The award winners present were invited to help toss on the first shovels of dirt. The Tree Ceremony was held on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM and the trees were planted in the grove located between the K Building and Maryland Route 97. Wakefield Valley Nursery donated a red oak and a white oak. See Related Documents below for a copy of the Tree Ceremony program.

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The next awards cycle will be held in 2018, with nominations accepted starting in January 2018.

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, the booklet will be updated every other year. To view the booklet, please click on the link below.

Environmental Stewardship in Carroll County Booklet (January 2015) (3.6 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: Brenda Dinne
  • Administrative Support: Cindy Myers-Crumbacker

Prior Topics/Issues

Solar Surface Area Requirements in Residential Districts Solid Waste Energy Use & Cost Savings Solar Energy for Individual Properties Environmental Awareness Awards Other