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County Executive Leopold Announces Initiative That Uses Technology to Protect the Environment

Critical Area Violation Reports Can Come from the Water

Annapolis (April 22, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold announced that starting today, Earth Day, citizens are now be able to report Critical Area Violations from the water using GPS technology.

"Our citizens are often our eyes and ears when it comes to identifying violations in the Critical Area," County Executive Leopold said. "Riverkeepers and other boaters can now report the coordinates of a violation to notify County inspectors without driving around to determine the street address."

Inspectors and administrative staff have been trained to determine the address using MapOptix software, and inputting the distance, minutes and seconds. Citizens who observe potential locations of violations can call the GPS location to 410-222-7777.

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