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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 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
  • David Hynes, Vice-Chair
  • Curtis Barrett
  • Ellen Cutsail
  • Amy Krebs
  • Frank Vleck
  • Sandra Zebal

List of current subcommittees and the members who serve on each

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 the year. Once the Board approves the proposed work plan, the work plan is finalized. The annual joint meeting for 2013 was held on January 23, 2014. Click to view the final 2016 Work Plan. Click to view the approved 2015 Annual Report summarizing the EAC’s activities for the previous year.

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 2016 – Individual, Agriculture, Student, Business, and Institution. Winners will be recognized and presented their awards in a ceremony with the Board of County Commissioners and the EAC on April 2016 (date TBD). 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, 2016.

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.

See below for a more description of each winner’s efforts and initiatives.

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: 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