Environmental Services

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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 resources.

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.

On February 20, 2018, Mayor and City Council passed an ordinance for tracking the annual energy use of non-residential buildings of 50,000 square feet or more.

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is a wood-boring insect that only kills Ash trees.

Energy & Green Building Incentives

Gaithersburg residents may be eligible for select energy and green building incentive programs offered by federal and state agencies and utility companies.

Environmental Affairs Committee

Advises on environmental issues, promotes environmental education and outreach activities, monitors county, state and federal statutes and regulations for impacts on City operations, and explores new environmental initiatives.

Recognizing and showing appreciation for those who give back to the community to improve and conserve the environment.

Fulfills the sensitive areas requirements of the Planning Act, addresses the health of the urban environment and public welfare considerations.

Environmental education and stewardship opportunities for volunteers who want to help restore and enhance our community.

Participate in activities that celebrate and improve the environment during Gaithersburg Green Month.

Gaithersburg has joined with Montgomery County to encourage residents to be proactive in taking steps to control mosquito populations and eliminate the places where they can breed.

Assisting citizens to improve stormwater runoff conditions on their property by installing natural drainage projects.

Stormwater Management Program

To protect our local waterways and increase public awareness about how daily activities can affect water quality. To improve water quality in our local streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.

Watershed Planning

Learn more about the City’s efforts to improve water quality through a holistic planning process.