Environment Steering Committee


2020-2021 Environment Legislative Goals

ENV-1: Support additional state funding to assist local governments in all recycling, with special attention to managing electronics recycling and scrap tire disposal

ENV-2: Seek legislation to restore county authority over solid waste management and oppose any further shift of authority away from local governments.

ENV-3: Support legislation to help improve water quality in the state, including a comprehensive approach to aquatic weed control, increased funding and resources for state agencies to develop health advisory levels and standards for existing and emerging contaminants.

ENV-4: Support increased funding for all agencies that support water and wastewater expansion, as well as capital projects, with consideration to local regulations and secondary impacts to protect receiving waterways.

ENV-5: Seek legislation to provide additional resources for preventative storm damage maintenance to clear debris to help prevent flood damage in low-lying areas.

ENV-6: Support increased funding at the state level for the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

ENV-7: Seek legislation that will allow the North Carolina Sedimentation Control Commission an option to delegate portions of its authority under the Sedimentation and Pollution Control Act to local County programs for all private, State and Federal projects, at the request of the county.

Presentations from April 2022 Steering Committee Meeting

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Committee Schedule

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2021 NCACC County Map Book

NCACC Environment Committee Guiding Principles

  • Public policy on environmental protection must recognize that all physical human activities have an impact on the environment, and provide recognition that there must be a balance between those activities and the environment.
  • Enhancements to the environment laws of North Carolina should be justified by sound science and information and based on a clear rationale and purpose for regulatory change.
  • State agencies responsible for developing administrative rules to implement federal and state policies should involve local governments in the process at the earliest stages of development and should proceed only after thorough analyses of health, environmental and fiscal risks and impacts.
  • State agencies issuing permits for activities that affect the environment should give local governments ample opportunity to comment on proposed permits for consistency with local plans and policies.
  • If state law delegates responsibility to local governments for implementing, monitoring and enforcing environmental policy, the state should provide optimum flexibility and discretion in setting fees at the local level to carry out these responsibilities.

Committee Chair

Eddie Settle
Wilkes County

Steering Committee membership

Steering Committee membership is open to all county commissioners, as well as county staff who specialize in committee-related fields. If you would like to join a Steering Committee, please complete this sign-up form and join us for a meeting.