July 14, 2004
Charlotte, NC - The Mecklenburg County "State of the Environment 2004" report is being distributed to the Board of County Commissioners, other elected officials, libraries, schools, environmental advocacy groups, and others. The report is a benchmark for describing environmental conditions in Mecklenburg County and answers questions about the County's air, land and water.
Mecklenburg County has produced the "State of the Environment Report" every two years since 1987. Its goal is:
- To describe Mecklenburg County's current environmental status for the public and the Board of County Commissioners.
- To give the County objective measures to evaluate progress toward a clean, healthy environment.
- To highlight the major issues facing the County.
- To recommend direction concerning those issues.
The facts are evident: residents of the Mecklenburg County region continue to breathe unhealthy air in the summer. Although surface water conditions have improved, there is still work to be done in light of continued development. We are still producing an excess of solid waste. Open space is being reduced at an alarming rate, and we are detecting additional sites of groundwater contamination regularly.
The Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA) issues the report as a mechanism for communicating these conditions and trends, as well as stimulating thoughts and inviting solutions. The 135 page report is divided into sections focusing on the conditions of the County's air, water and land.
Citizens can read the "State of the Environment Report 2004" at any library. It can also be viewed online at
http://luesa.charmeck.org. A limited number of copies will be made available to the general public.
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Media Contact: Alex Burnett
(O) 704-432-0361 (M) 704-579-0288