The State of Fairfax County’s Environment

The State of Fairfax County’s Environment

The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) will hold its annual public hearing on the environment on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in conference rooms 9 and 10 of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia.  EQAC members are appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to advise on environmental matters.

EQAC presented its 2016 annual report to the Board of Supervisors on December 6. The current report can be found here. Links to past reports can be found here.

EQAC invites people to attend the public hearing, to share views on the state of the environment and to identify environmental issues.  Environmental issues considered by EQAC include water quality, air quality, noise, hazardous materials, solid waste, stream valley protection, wildlife management, light pollution, visual pollution, energy, climate change response and adaptation, land use, transportation and the use and preservation of ecological resources. 

While the timing of the public hearing tends to coincide with the timing of publication of EQAC’s annual report, “the public hearing is not intended to focus on the annual report, but is intended to hear your views and concerns regarding environmental issues of interest to you.  EQAC welcomes written and/or verbal testimony,” says the EQAC announcement.  To speak, either send an e-mail to the EQAC e-mail address (, send an e-mail through the “Contact EQAC” link on the EQAC website or call the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1380.

You can also present video testimony. Upload your video (five minutes or less, please) to YouTube, Ustream or Vimeo, and let Noel Kaplan know by 5:00 p.m. on January 4, 2016, the URL through which they can access the video.  They will then present it at the public hearing.

EQAC will meet on December 14 and February 8, 2017, at 7:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.

For more information, call Noel Kaplan at 703-324-1369 or