The Maryland League of Conservation Voters Anne Arundel Chapter’s newly released performance report card gives County Executive Steve Schuh an overall grade of B- for his actions on key conservation issues from December 2014 to May 2016. The report card also shows the County Council average environmental scores over the same period increasing from a C+ to a B+.
The Chapter based its report card on the key issues of stormwater pollution; peer/expedited review of development applications; recreational activities and water access; land use, land preservation and open space; and a coal tar sealant ban. The County Executive was also evaluated for overall environmental leadership.
“Protecting the environment should not be a partisan issue, as proven by County Executive Schuh, who has shown substantial leadership for increasing public water access in Anne Arundel County and whose budgets have largely supported environmental initiatives. This includes adding funding to reduce polluted stormwater runoff – despite the fact that he originally voted against the program,” said Maryland League of Conservation Voters Anne Arundel County Chapter Co-Chair Bob Gallagher.
“The County Executive’s knowledge of what Anne Arundel must do to meet State pollution reduction requirements is impressive,” said Anne Arundel County Chapter Co-Chair Kincey Potter. “We look forward to seeing County Executive Schuh next tackling failing septic systems, a serious problem in our county, and continued efforts to protect our air, land and water.”
Anne Arundel County Councilman Schuh Overall Grade: B-
- Stormwater Pollution D+
- Peer/Expedited Review of Development B
- Recreational Activities and Water Access A
- Land Use, Land Preservation and Open Space B
- Coal Tar Sealant Ban A-
“Thanks to Councilmen Trumbauer, Grasso, Pruski and Smith, we have benefited from a conservationmajority on the Council for the first time in years, and this has translated into cleaner water andhealthier environment for all Anne Arundel County residents,” said Potter. “We hope Pruski and Smithwill carry that leadership forward, and that we will elect at least two more strong conservationists in2018 to replace Trumbauer and Grasso, who must leave the council due to term limits.”
Overall Anne Arundel County Council Grades
- District 1: Peter Smith A-
- District 2: John Grasso A
- District 3: Derek Fink D-
- District 4: Andrew Pruski A
- District 5: Michael Peroutka D-
- District 6: Chris Trumbauer A+
- District 7: Jerry Walker D+
The bi-annual report card grades the environmental performance of seven Anne Arundel Councilmen and as well as the County Executive. The Chapter reviewed the votes of each member on bills and amendments relating to conservation issues as well as their activities in connection with introducing or sponsoring bills and building support for conservation initiatives. The Chapter also reviewed public comments on conservation issues and the Council’s responsiveness to the concerns of the environmental community and took into account the views of environmental leaders and organizations in the County.
View the full report card here: http://mdlcv.org/county-chapters/2016-anne-arundel-county-scorecard