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 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. Therefore, the environmental protections attained by the City of Gaithersburg benefit not just the residents of Gaithersburg but all residents in the immediate area.