Year 2000 was a year of transition for the City of Gaithersburg's environmental
program. In August the City hired its first full-time Environmental Specialist
to focus the City's environmental direction and goals, and to bring an expertise
regarding environmental issues.
State of the Environment Report FY2000
Gaithersburg supports a healthy, productive environment with clean air and
clean water. The role of Gaithersburg's environmental program is to understand
environmental concerns, develop strategies, and make decisions consistent with
the City's Mission and Strategic Plan that protect and enhance our environmental
The City of Gaithersburg has experienced considerable growth since the first
Earth Day in 1970. Gaithersburg has grown from 8,400 people and 6.8 square miles
in 1970, to approximately 52,000 people and 10 square miles in Fiscal Year 2000.
Farmland and open space have been converted to residential and commercial spaces.
To achieve fundamental lasting improvements in the quality of our environment,
as well as for growth and development to continue, it will be necessary to implement
some changes. Some of these changes will involve alternative transportation,
rethinking landscaping options, and aggressive conservation of resources. Education
will help everyone understand the changes that are necessary for a healthy,
Throughout all of our activities, an underlying principle is the realization
that every aspect of our environment and environmental health is interrelated.
Air pollution affects water quality; impervious surfaces impact groundwater
recharge and stream flows; solid waste management affects air and water quality;
and noise pollution impacts on quality of life. Environmental quality and our
ecosystem impacts extend beyond the City of Gaithersburg's boundaries. Solutions
to many environmental problems, such as ground level ozone, must consequently
address issues on a broader scale that includes all of Montgomery County and
the entire metropolitan Washington area.
The City of Gaithersburg is proud to present the first State of the Environment
Annual Report. The City's environmental program will continue to grow in the
upcoming years. Residents and property owners committed to improving the environment
will carry out the environmental plan. Without local participation and activism,
environmental protection will not be able to proceed as quickly as we would
like. The key to success is education. The more aware we are of environmental
surroundings, the more likely we are to take responsibility.
As we move into the 21st century, the City of Gaithersburg is committed to
protecting and enhancing our environmental resources and educating the public
in environmental matters.